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Social Enterprises — The Importance of Knowing

By Shenella Fonseka

Although social entrepreneurship is a concept that has been around for a while, only recently has it become popular in Sri Lanka. By implementing inclusive education pathways, incubation programmes for startup enterprises, preferential tax schemes and other legal and regulatory reforms, the ultimate goal of creating public awareness of and interest in social entrepreneurship can be achieved, thereby nurturing and creating a sustainable ecosystem for social enterprises.

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Introducing Vesess Alpha Grants for Sri Lankan Students

By Prabhath Sirisena

Vesess Alpha is our attempt at supporting Sri Lankan students to take on a coding challenge of their choice. We hope the grant would help them validate their work so that they can be continued as startups, research projects or even just as hobbies.

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Working at an Early-Stage Startup in Sri Lanka

By Prabhath Sirisena

All the first employees of our new venture Vgo came from corporate backgrounds. None of them had worked at a startup before. The entire Vesess team, on the other hand, had never worked at anything other than a startup: for every one of us, Vesess has been the first and only place of work. There was clearly a culture gap to be bridged.

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Uber app in Sri Lanka

Adapt or Die: Surviving the Multinational Threat

By Prabhath Sirisena

In today’s turbulent business environment, organisations need to be able to adapt quickly to ensure continued success. Our local services will have to make swift improvements or risk losing significant marketshare to large, innovative multinational corporations as they expand their reach.

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Colomboard: The Failure of a Good Project

By Prabhath Sirisena

Colomboard was a “good” project, both in terms of business potential and social impact. It empowered a group of very talented young entrepreneurs by providing them with a fair and accessible platform to build their businesses.

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Building a Design Consultancy Business (Part 1)

By Lankitha Wimalarathna

In this series I am sharing some of the lessons we’ve learned over the last 12 years from running and growing our consultancy business from zero to several hundred thousand dollars per year. In this first part, I talk about how we made that crucial breakthrough in acquiring our first client, and what we could have done better.

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Unawatuna Beach in Sri Lanka

SaaS for Sri Lankan Software Entrepreneurs

By Prabhath Sirisena

Software-as-a-Service is no longer a new frontier: over the past few years it has grown to be a mature and hugely popular way to deliver software products. Flexibility, ease of adoption, ease of scaling and low costs have made SaaS an attractive option for both small businesses and larger enterprises. For technology entrepreneurs in the developing world, SaaS and the infrastructure that has grown to support it represent probably the greatest opportunity in many decades, if not ever.

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