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From left: Congresswoman Gwendolyn Garcia, Member of House of Representatives and former Governor of Cebu, Philippines, Advisor to Enterprise Asia, Paddy Weerasekera, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and CSR for Expolanka Holdings PLC William Ng, President, Enterprise Asia with the award

Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards program 2014 (AREA) held in Macau on June 19 honored Expolanka Holdings PLC for the Group’s involvement in the entrepreneurship development program, ‘Venture Engine’. This is the second time that the Group received recognition at the prestigious AREA awards designed to honor Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship in several categories, including Green Leadership, Investment in People, Health Promotion, Social Empowerment, SME CSR and Responsible Business Leadership. In 2013, Expolanka won an AREA award in the category of Health Promotion for its services to the less-privileged communities through the CSR program ‘Expo Medix’.

Paddy Weerasekera, Head of Marketing, Corporate Communications and CSR for Expolanka Holdings PLC commented on the award, “We are privileged to win a prestigious award for the second consecutive year. This recognition is a tribute to our tireless and sincere efforts in extending our support to budding entrepreneurs who bring with them the dare-to-do spirit. We feel it’s our Corporate Social Responsibility to empower the community and contribute to the development of the Sri Lankan Economy.”

This year’s entry Venture Engine has been providing entrepreneurs, opportunities required to launch their businesses specifically through, funding, development of stronger business plans aided by mentoring sessions and informative workshops with some of the region’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders for the past three years. Conceptualized by Blue Ocean Ventures and the Indian Angel Network, and backed by Expolanka as the Platinum Sponsor, the project creates a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch directly to potential investors while also providing comprehensive mentoring for the selected businesses.

From left: Paddy Weerasekera with Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Founding Partner/Managing Director, Blue Ocean Ventures Pvt Ltd
From left: Paddy Weerasekera with Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Founding Partner/Managing Director, Blue Ocean Ventures Pvt Ltd