The Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) plans to conduct an interactive short series of programmes named “Different facets of Entrepreneurial Success - The Untold Truth of Sri Lankan Business Heroes”.
“The motive behind this endeavour is to bring to the surface the untold truths of success factors and the strategies adopted by leading entrepreneurs in the country in leading their businesses to a roaring success despite turbulent and hostile market conditions that prevailed during the past three decades,” the chamber said. The program will help young entrepreneurs and others practicing managers running organizations to be more efficient and effective in the value creation process and will also provide guidance for facilitators to develop more entrepreneur friendly policies in future.
The first event will take place on October 13 at the Colombo Hilton featuring four well-known and highly successful Sri Lankan entrepreneurs – W.K.H. Wegapitiya, Ashok Pathirage, Samantha Kumarasinghe and Sumal Perera. Academics, researches and professional managers around the globe are keen in learning entrepreneurship proving its importance in building sustainable economies and societies, according to Nayana Dehigama, Chairman of COYLE. “We intend interviewing many leading entrepreneurs of the country where a high calibre group of panelists will probe and provoke the discussions to bring to the surface the untold stories together with strategies adopted to address vividly different and unique situations faced by them,” he added in the statement.
COYLE also plans to document the findings with the help of a group of academics representing several leading universities and professional institutions so that Sri Lankan managers and students will have local case studies of high standards with adequate academic rigor.
“COYLE believes that, one day we have to give up learning solely from case studies from the West and the time is right for us to bring to the surface the stories of world class local enterprises and leaders behind such empires,” Mr Dehigama explained.
Established in 1999, COYLE has a membership of over 125 active members who are young entrepreneurs from different parts of the country representing almost all the industry segments.