In the month of finding love, fall in love with a business idea and find yourself a co-founder! Join us for an exciting and unique event sharing tips and how to from the best out there! Pitch your own idea, get direct feedback to your business-case and find your future co-founders. You have no idea? Its okay! The perfect idea may be just around the corner and you might even discover it here!
‘Millennial’ is a term coined to define those born between 1982 and 2004. In popular use, millennials are considered those who 'came of age' in the new millennia with its technology, new age thinking and new way of doing things.Older generations also seem to hold a very generalized view of millennials as a group of persons with a callous attitude towards tradition and the 'old school' way of doing things.What is very clear is that millennials have a distinctive style, and should be spoken to in a manner tailored to them.In this edition of Tea Kathä with Mahas; Shannon Misso and Sashane Perera join the conversation, on ‘Messaging Millennials’, an exploration into how best to communicate with the millennials.
The objective of this workshops is to disperse knowledge on the technical details of how to build scalable brands online using social media and how tools can help them achieve this. We would be going through other products in the Industry as well as taking on few case studies as well. The target audience of these workshops is entrepreneurs and small business owners who are in the startup stage or thinking of building a business that has the primary marketing channel as social media.
The event is all about the significance of digital content as part of the 21st century learning design in the Education industry. Insights of the use of digital media, 3D design, and various other tools to create content to digitize and disrupt the Education sector.
Are you a startup or a digital marketer? We are partnering up with Roar media for an interactive workshop on Native advertising. Come and learn what Native advertising is and how Startups can leverage Native advertising to attract consumers.
This is a workshop where you will get to learn, present ideas and walk away with gifts!
Daran Kandasamy - Head of Creative Strategy - Roar Media
With 15 years of experience in the fields of advertising and marketing, Daran is responsible for the creative direction of all advertising campaigns and partnerships undertaken by Roar Studios, the advertising arm of Roar Media. Previously, he worked as the Chief Creative Officer at BLERD and Senior Art Director at JWT Sri Lanka.
Yohan Fonseka - Head of Sales - Roar Media
With 7+ experience in sales and marketing in Sri Lanka as well as in the UK, Yohan has helped various startup's to drive their sales. Having skin in the game, he has seen how sales and marketing strategies have evolved from a simple cold call to complex social selling. He will be providing important phycological insights on to how consumers make decisions and how to surpass limiting barriers.
- Introduction to Native advertising
- Case studies (Local and international) on how Native advertising is been used
- Ideation for participants businesses
- Presenting ideas to others
- Selecting a winner
Registrations now open!
Colombo Cooperative is excited to host this event with The Better Tomorrow Movement (TBTM) for a delightful session.
"Finding your dream job takes work, and your competition is out there hustling".
Colombo Cooperative is a community for entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers and hustlers to work on their ideas, projects and ventures. It's a co-working space designed beautifully for productivity, creativity and focus, ranging from open desks to individual and team offices. It's a place without hierarchy, where everyone is equal and failure is celebrated.
TBTM is an international youth organization that works to develop youth capacity through online and offline interactive learning programs in the hopes of getting more young people civically engaged in their communities. The "Good Human Series" is one of the programs that TBTM spearheaded in Sri Lanka to provide insight into areas of impact creation and overall youth capacity building. Aimed at individuals, under the age of 28, their workshops have covered topical areas including financial literacy, stress management, mental health, and gender-based violence. These workshops have been able to reach 300 students across Sri Lanka in both urban and rural areas.
There is no secret, one-size-fits-all its formula to finding and landing your dream job. However, there are 3 things you can do at any stage in your career to make sure you’re on the right track. Join us for an interactive workshop through the Good Human Series.
Sohaani Perera - Urban Land Institute
Sohaani Perera is a corporate account manager for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), associate board member of HousingUp.org, communications strategist and global development advocate. Prior to ULI, she has worked for the International Center for Research on Women, the Center for Global Development and UNDP Sri Lanka.
Registrations now open!
Yes, we all like our #wanderlust Instagram posts and watching bloggers jet set around the world. But what’s next? Tourism is expected to be one of the largest contributors to the Sri Lankan economy, and the number of supplementary services and industries are endless. Today’s start-up arena is yet to capitalize on these opportunities available and add value to the millions of tourists who pass through Sri Lanka every year. The speakers at the event come from a variety of backgrounds in the hospitality sector, and will highlight global trends and how these are expected to affect Sri Lanka in the next 5-10 years. Come, learn and network with like-minded individuals looking to make a mark in the travel industry.
Ayubo.lk – Shageevan, CIO
Shageevan is the Director and CIO at Ayubo.lk, which provides an online platform for travelers to expidite their accommodation, transportation, activities, and custom tours at affordable rates.
Feild Travel Company - Savindri, Co-Founder
Savindri is the Co-Founder Director of The Fields Travel Company and the founder of The Math School, a mathematics tutoring service for children and adults. Prior to founding Fields in March 2015, she has held positions based in Science research abroad as well as positions related to Quantitative Finance and Sustainability within Sri Lanka’s private sector.
OMAK Technologies - Ehantha Sirisena, Chief Executive Officer
Ehantha is an Electrical and Electronic Engineer by profession, is fanatical about creating an IT company that is different, fun and globally recognised. He has experience in several industries, after the completion of his degree he has been involved in working for a leading IT consultancy and a management consultancy specializing in Business Process reengineering.
Pikanite - Praveen, CEO
An avid traveller, Praveen has a background in software and impact investments at boutique firms and MNCs. He currently leads the team at Pikanite on product and strategy, moonlights as an unofficial travel agent and constantly looks for amusing hotels on the app.
Santani Wellness- Chamindra, Director of Operations
Santani is a luxury wellness resort located in the mountains of Sri Lanka. In just 2 years, the resort has been selected by Time, Vogue, CNT, T+L, Forbes and others as one of the best hotels, spas and wellness resorts in the world. Chamindra oversees the entire operation of Santani. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Duke University and his M.B.A. at the University of Leicester. He has close to 10 years of experience in hospitality and marketing, and recently attended the professional development program at Cornell University in New York.
This event is organized by Santani Wellness Resort in collaboration with Colombo Cooperative. Event beverage partner is Soul Coffee!
Learn about the basics of Digital design! The primary objective is to provide a fresh oulook about digital design for budding Srilankan designers!
We've been getting to know our growing family but how much do we know about their work?
So this time's Fail Fast Friday will give you the chance to talk about your business or upcoming projects. Share about your work and your ideas and see what other members have to say.
Be part of the discussion!
We’ve added a second event due to overwhelming demand!
Colombo Cooperative is inviting Cherie Kong-Colucci & Zina Sultana from Entrepreneur Me, UK. Bringing their "How to start a Business in 10 days" and "How to raise a million" talks to Sri Lankan audiences for the first time, this limited engagement is a can’t-miss for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs.
Join us as we host Bhanuka to talk about entrepreneur life on July 14th at 3.00 PM! We will talk about how he started, his why, what does startup life look like and what does it take to be successful. We will also have a networking event to follow!
The second event in our Opening Week event series features Cherie Kong-Colucci & Zina Sultana from Entrepreneur Me, UK. Bringing their "How to start a Business in 10 days" and "How to raise a million" talks to Sri Lankan audiences for the first time, this limited engagement is a can’t-miss for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs.
The transition we make from depending on our parents’ money to managing our own finances is one that can be rocky, to say the least! Yet, this information gap is rarely addressed by our school curricula, nor is it a topic of learning that is easily delved in to.
In response, TBTM will be hosting a fun and interactive workshop on all-things money to help you navigate these finance-related matters!
The use of Design Thinking concepts in corporate environments has proven to create opportunities for differentiation, and with its ability to work across any business domain; it is fast establishing itself as the peerless approach to profitability across the globe.
We believe the ability to make creative innovations is not a coincidence or something that only a selected few are born with, instead it is a lifestyle that can be developed and groomed through the right level of coaching and opportunity.
The first in a series of talk by Barressential & oDoc, "Let's Talk About Fats" is an engaging and comprehensive look at cholesterol, heart health and how the food we eat matter. The evening will comprise of a 45 minute chat with our speakers followed by refreshments courtesy of Ceylon Coconut Company.
For members of Barressential, oDOC and Colombo Cooperative.
Ladies, Wine & Design is hosting their next event in partnership with Colombo Cooperative! Best suited for female design students and newcomers to the industry, this is your chance to bring your portfolio or website, have a discussion about your work and shape a portfolio based on your goals together with top design industry professionals.
Sips & Dips is hosting their June Paint night at Colombo Cooperative instructed by the founder and artist of Lilium! Beat the traffic, get over the hump day by getting a dose of art therapy. Just bring your wonderful self!
*This is a private event- Not a free event for members
All material provided.
Join us as we invite Beshan Kulapala, Director at Vega Innovations, to speak about his company's journey to create Sri Lanka's first all-electric supercar and other efforts to revolutionize the world with cutting-edge technology.