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Wiley principal sponsor for SLASSCOM Ingenuity Awards 2021

Bimal Gunapala, General Manager of Wiley Sri Lanka and  Haridhu Abeygoonaratne  Board Member at of SLASSCOM signs the sponsorship agreement of Ingenuity Awards 2021
Bimal Gunapala, General Manager of Wiley Sri Lanka and Haridhu Abeygoonaratne Board Member at of SLASSCOM signs the sponsorship agreement of Ingenuity Awards 2021

Global leader in research and education, Wiley, will join Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) as Principal Sponsor for the third installment of Ingenuity Awards to be held on March 30, at Shangri-La Colombo.

The event is hosted with the objective of promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in Sri Lanka across different industrial disciplines.

Ingenuity is the influx of ideas that allows a business to flourish; this enables businesses to scale, stand out, provide solutions to customer problems and enhance capabilities of the human resource or workforce. As the facilitator and catalyst for growth for the Sri Lankan IT and BPM industry, SLASSCOM deems Ingenuity Awards as an opportunity to incentivize and boost the country’s innovation drive.

Commenting on Ingenuity Awards, General Manager of Wiley Sri Lanka Bimal Gunapala said, “We are excited to support the Sri Lankan IT & BPM industry via this sponsorship. Though established fairly recently, we have a great relationship with SLASSCOM and we find their passion for innovation & ingenuity to be in line with ours at John Wiley. We congratulate SLASSCOM for managing to organize this event for the third time despite challenges presented by the pandemic and all participants for coming forward with their innovative product & solutions. We are looking forward to the Grand Finale.”

Meanwhile, Chairman of SLASSCOM Channa Manoharan commended Wiley for coming forward to recognize and reward ingenuity: “We are delighted to have a global brand such as Wiley, as the principal sponsor of the SLASSCOM National Ingenuity Awards this year; This is an annual entrepreneurship and innovation competition aimed at identifying and awarding innovators regionally and nationally. Over the past the awards has inspired many innovators aimed at solving the pressing problems; we look forward to continuing this and contributing to the industry goal of facilitating 1,000 startups by 2025.”

“I thank Wiley for coming onboard as the Principal Sponsor for SLASSCOM National Ingenuity Awards 2021, and supporting the startup and innovation ecosystem of Sri Lanka” commented Haridhu Abeygoonaratne Board Member at SLASSCOM at the simple ceremony marking the signing of the sponsorship agreement.

This year’s awards ceremony will be carried out as a virtually connected event across 5 regional locations. The provincial winners of these mini events will be combined to the main event at Shangri-La Colombo through the OBS streaming service. SLASSCOM has an ambitious target for the Sri Lankan IT and BPM sector of USD 5 billion in revenue, 200,000 direct jobs and 1,000 IT/BPM startups by 2025.

Wiley commenced operations in Sri Lanka in 2019 & in a very short time has established exceptional Product Engineering and Operations teams to help drive the world forward through research and education.