Launch and the first 2 day boot camp of the Green Business Accelerator Programme
The launch and the first two day boot camp was held on the 18th and 19th May at the Centre for Housing Planning and Building with the participation of selected entrepreneurs who had already submitted applications for the programme, experts in the sector and other enthusiasts. Day one was followed by field visits to provide exposure on the industry.
This programme will be conducted over a period of six to twelve months. The 15 selected entrepreneurs intends to develop enterprises related to recycling of plastic, polythene, paper, composting etc., up cycling with concepts and investments.
The participating entrepreneurs were given an opportunity to present their business ideas to the expert panel representing the CEA, National Enterprise Development Authority, University of Moratuwa, USAID BIZ Plus, National Cleaner Production Centre, HNB and commercial bank representatives and environmental activists. The expert panel provided inputs in terms of the proposed or existing business model, accessing finance and technologies etc. The presentations from CEA, National Cleaner Production Centre, University of Moratuwa etc., were eye openers to the entrepreneurs to develop their businesses further. On day two of the programme the entrepreneurs got an opportunity to join a field visit relevant to their business. The entrepreneurs had a mini exhibition of products already developed. The two day programme provided valuable insights and opportunities for networking with experts and service providing organisations in the sector.
There was an enthusiastic participation for the launch of the Green Business Accelerator programme. Representatives from all Sectors such as the Central Environmental Authority, National Cleaner Production Centre, Financial Institutions – HNB and Commercial Bank, private sector recycling organisations such as Eco cycle part of Holcim Lanka, environmental organisations such as Eco v, Good Market and media attended the launch of the Green Business Accelerator Programme.