Dreaming and make the dream plays a vital role in real world scenario is the core of an ENTREPRENEUR.
Just thought to travel back through the virtual time machine ten years ago to see myself that where am I?
Yep! seated as a Branch Manager at The Finance Company Ltd.
What I was looking for in my life?
It's nothing like driving a beige interior cushioned car between my bungalow and office and living a life with a safe-line by enjoying all the facilities came to me.
Just thought to risking my entire life to find out meaning of my living. Written some words on a paper as resignation which turned my life to walk with my very own feet and the thirst I'd to do something on my own led me to establish my very own initiative, Innovay (Pvt) Ltd, an IT consultant company.
Just put a seed on soil and watering it with hope that it'll pop out a giant tree on a day. As dreamed, I started to see the growth of it as a tiny plant initially and I keen to take much care on it to grow it as a tree which make me to pick tasty fruits on it to share with the world surrounding me. Of course, challenges were there. It's obvious that the tree forced myself to safe guard it from ecological like challenges come to hit it like storm, rain, flood and blah.. blah... Even-though, the tree sometimes stand without leaves those vanished away by strong wind and with broken branches also, the root stand strong on the soil ever to face all the challenges.
OK, just wish to come back to my present. Hmm... the tree now allow me to pick fruits as I was dreamed and is that the only goal I expect? Exactly NO..! actually, still a long way is there to run with risks to gain more and more throughout the journey I committed to travel as an entrepreneur.
An entrepreneur's journey will never ever ends..!
On the clock running in present, my willingness is emerge more entrepreneurs within our society as it'll lead a massive and healthy growth to a community and through that our country as well.
In our country context, mostly entrepreneurship is just spelled as a word only and most of people fear to even spell it due to the society structure we are living in. Passion of a person, willingness for sacrification to reach an ultimate target, wish to do something in a different way; all these things are screened as funny and unworthy thoughts by our society and growth of many entrepreneurs stuck at initiative stage due to this societal barriers which cut wings of a bird to put it in a cage to train it to repeat only the words they teach to it.
However, importance of entrepreneurship is reached a crucial stage on this fast growing world and it's time to our society and especially the young bloods to get adopt to it and to begin their own challenging race throughout their very own way.
As having the thought to inject entrepreneurial ideas to the young bloods, I got a platform around this March, 2016 and hosted an entrepreneurship workshop at Jaffna organized by Rotary Club of Jaffna and Rotary Club of Colombo West in association with Slasscom Sri Lanka with sponsorship of NDB Bank and my establishment, Innovay (Pvt) Ltd. The event was ended successfully with the participation of mentors from most leading and successful businesses of Sri Lanka such as,
The crowd was facilitated with real entrepreneurial experience sharing by those who won the game in the wild..!
As like this successful event, my enthusiasm towards establishing entrepreneurial thoughts get another ground to play through my business colleagues in the form of hosting first ever Startup Weekend event in Sri Lanka.
Before get in to the talk about this, some of you may not aware what "Startup Weekend" is?
Simply, It's the event powered by Google for entrepreneurs which transform a business idea to a working prototype throughout a 54 hours weekend session with the support of the presence of very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors.
"Bring your flour on the table and get back baked cookies in your hands..!"
The scenario behind set up and make the event happen in Sri Lanka is can't be written in a single paper. It's a puffy paragraph story which ended with some good lines. The effort we (me along with Sharanyan Sharma, Thavaruban Thangarajah and Chamara Pieris) put as organizing committee of the event to host the event is going to boom its exciting results in coming days when the event going to hit the floor.
As the event scheduled to happen in Jaffna, it's door knocking opportunity to all Sri Lankans to grab their seat on the event unless otherwise have to face many hassles such as getting visa sealed on the passport, purchase high cost flying ticket, pay thousand and thousand bucks for having food and accommodation to get a seat on a Startup Weekend event which may host in a country out from Lankan land.
Who don't like this outperforming opportunity to meet special people in the form of mentors, partners, investors and business colleagues to establish a well strong business communication channel and to get the own business idea in an implemented way back which channelled through the expert's panel?
Even, it's my wish to been as a participant of the event and unfortunately as having a seat in organinzing committee, I'll be as a business colleague of you on the event.
Startup Weekend Jaffna is not only the opportunity to the persons who interact with business. But also, it's the platform to students as well who most enthusiastic to stand on their own. Students can get special discount on the entry ticket. However, for other participants also, the cost of entry ticket will not deeply dig your pocket.
Our another strong success on the event is, we going to make the presence of some industry leading experts as speakers, judges coaches and mentors under one roof such as,
We got reputed organizations also as our sponsors and partners such as ICTA, FITIS, SLASSCOM, LK Domain Registry, Internet Society - Sri Lankan Chapter,NCIT, Extreme SEO, README, Hutch, Cargills Bank, CrowdIsland and more.
My best thanks is with Anurag Maloo, Regional Manager (South & Central Asia), Techstars, who being as the back bone to facilitate the event to make it happen in Sri Lanka first time in its history ever. Further I wish to thank to Deans, Head of Departments, Lecturers and other related persons of University of Jaffna, Advanced Technological Institute, Jaffna, University of Colombo, Technical College, Vavuniya and Vavuniya Campus of University of Jaffna to facilitate us to conduct Startup Weekend Bootcamps at their institutions.
Benefit of participating to Startup Weekend Jaffna is too early to tell it here now just in words and the persons who grab the opportunity right in hands will definitely write their own success stories on their successful future ahead. Some walls are waiting to have their stories written.
There is a general thought, being an entrepreneur is a cruel curse as need to face challenges and have to risking the life. It's actually not like that and entrepreneurship journey will win by the people who not fear to put their feet forward through a forbidden path which lead to the kingdom at the end..!
DON'T THINK to live an ordinary life..! THINK to live an extra ordinary life..!!