Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am 28, Swiss, but born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I came to Switzerland when I was 20 and embarked on university. However I have always considered myself to be more creative than studious and numerous exams have never brought this out in me. I finished my Bachelor at Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne (Hotel Management School) and now working 80% as I want to pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions with a sustainable income in the meantime.
You are attending your 5th StartUp Weekend! What have you learned?
Correct! - Twice as an attendee participant and 3 times as an idea pitcher. I have learned that you truly need the belief, inspiration and vision to pass onto your teammates during the weekend. The experience is not for the faint hearted but you learn a tremendous amount. The judges’ feedback at the end of it is really important as their opinions and expertise count for a lot. I have learned to fail, pick myself up, try again and not get de-motivated.
Have you always had the entrepreneurial spirit in you?
Living in Sri Lanka I learned how to get along with people from different cultures, religions, backgrounds and race! I am a fan of the program Dexter’s Laboratory and my imagination was a bit like this when I was younger. I like to keep my mind occupied and stimulated and I did a lot of games and puzzles on ‘Vtech’ computers when I was younger.
Why you decided to apply for the Aspire Mentorship Program?
I am a fan of Robin Sharma and one of his famous books is ‘The Monk who Sold his Ferrari’ and he once said that “Great ideas need Great Teams”. I have never had a mentor before to help me build my team and guide me through the process. One of my weaknesses, I feel, is my pitching and I am working really hard to get better at this. I would like the Program to help me in this area and other general entrepreneurship related topics.
What are your expectations of the program and and desired outcomes?
I am really excited about being guided through my idea step by step and becoming a fully-fledged entrepreneur. I want to expand my network and collaborate with my peers. I want to find new ways of working and learn, learn, learn!
What motivates you?
I churn out lots of ideas! And this really motivates me because I am keen to make every single one of them count. I label myself an “ideapreneur” at the moment building my path towards becoming an entrepreneur.
Who is your role model?
I truly admire visionaries. They see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak and as a result, create big things. In particular, I love Walt Disney – from the fruition of a cartoon character to building an entire empire. I like the teachings of Robin Sharma too as mentioned before.
What do you do on the weekends to unwind?
In Sri Lanka I used to go chill on the beach with my friends on the weekend and in Switzerland I am either at a StartUp weekend or relaxing with friends. I like making funny youtube videos. I also love a good movie. My favourite is Blue Crush - and anything by Sandra Bullock.