Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Brandix funded MIT-Global Startup Labs-Sri Lanka kicks off
Brandix funded MIT-Global Startup Labs-Sri Lanka kicks off
27
Jan '14
Seventy three young Sri Lankans, identified as prospects for the country’s next generation of top entrepreneurs, began their accelerated journey to entrepreneurship in January with the kick-off of the Brandix funded MIT Global Startup Labs’ (MIT-GSL) Sri Lanka programme.

Chosen from over 350 candidates from five participating Sri Lankan universities and other higher educational institutions, these undergraduates and recent graduates will undergo seven months of intense start-up incubation with training by Massachusetts Institute of Technology instructors, Akshita Deora Puram and Amber Houghstow, and on-going industry mentoring facilitated by the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) and Brandix.

They are to be taken through three phases – ‘Ideate & Test’ from 9th to 27th January; ‘Plan & Create’ from February to May; and ‘Refine & Launch’ between June and August 2014, under the MIT-GSL global entrepreneurship incubator being run by MIT in collaboration with 15 international universities.

Delivering the keynote address on the topic ‘Disruptive Innovation: Examples and opportunities for start-ups’ at the kick-off programme sponsored by Brandix, Group Director Udena Wickremesooriya traced the innovations and improvements that had taken place in the automobile industry since the launch of the first car of Henry Ford.

Holding up an office shirt, he pointed out that it had not been modified since his Grandfather’s time. In addition to the lack of product innovation, he highlighted challenges in manufacturing, logistics, demand forecasting, and more. Hence, there is a huge opportunity in the apparel industry for innovation, Mr Wickremesooriya said, urging participants to explore new frontiers for innovation.

Other speakers at the launch of the programme included Dr Janaka Liyanagama, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Open University which opened up its new facility to host the sessions and Ruwindhu Peiris, General Secretary of SLASSCOM.

The Brandix Group has pledged to fund the MIT-GSL Sri Lanka programme for five years in collaboration with MIT and SLASSCOM. The programme is to be offered twice a year to second-year or older undergraduates as well as recent graduates of Sri Lankan universities.

Brandix

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 30th Sep 2016

South Indian mills seek cotton storage facility in Colombo

South Indian textile mills, primarily those in Tamil Nadu are looking ...

Textiles | On 29th Sep 2016

CAI keeps 2016-17 cotton output at 336 lakh bales

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has estimated cotton crop for...

Courtesy: Nandan Denim

Textiles | On 29th Sep 2016

Nandan Denim to raise Rs 100 crore through FPIs

Indian denim fabric producer Nandan Denim Ltd (NDL) plans to raise Rs ...

Interviews View All

Cyril Pereira
Reed Exhibitions India, organiser of Asian Machine Tool Exhibition 2016

Dharmendra Shah
Ozone PB Spintex Limited

Kamlesh Vaghela
RK Textiles

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
September 2016

September 2016

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


Advanced Search