Country: Sri Lanka
Company: Xylo Industries (Pvt) Ltd
Xylo Industries was built on the dream of providing quality cork-based products in and around Sri Lanka. What initially started as a thought-provoking discussion between three friends has blossomed into a range of daily homeware environmentally safe products. In business for two years, Xylo’s goal is not only to produce environmentally sustainable tableware products but to conduct themselves as an ethically positive company, supporting underserved and disable communities through employment opportunities.
Company: Offering Happiness
Offering Happiness founder, Santosh Pandey, is the first surprise planner and happiness distributor in Nepal. Known as surprise planners, Santosh and his team offer innovative ways to capture lives most precious moments. The business distributes happiness through an array of products and experiences. To date, five million Nepalese have had quality experiences, sharing seminal moments regardless of the distance in between and lack of time.
Harry founded Sanfe after a family member experienced a health scare while on vacation. Today, Sanfe is dedicated to providing women affordable healthcare products as a preventative measure to fight infections. Through the social media campaign #StandUpForYourself, Harry is focused on drawing awareness to women health issues throughout India. He believes that it is time to empower women by supporting and promoting wellness, starting with his company.
Company: Copy Cat
During his first semester in college, Karma had an idea to combat the congestion he experienced at reprographic center on campus. His idea evolved into a 24/7 printing service called Copy Cat Printing. Karma founded a one-stop-shop for students printing needs. Knowing his audience, he developed a business plan focused on quality, affordability and the option of placing orders online. He hopes that Copy Cat will expand to install printers in remote schools throughout the country.
Naziba Wafa, Resurgence co-founder, is revolutionizing menstrual hygiene in low-income communities through low-cost, biodegradable sanitary pads made out of water hyacinth. Realizing the lack of sanitation prevailing in the slum areas of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Naziba took action to end community suffering, particularly among women with poor menstrual health.
Naziba along her team are taking further action to shatter the social stigma revolving around the topic. By empowering vulnerable populations, specifically underprivileged women, through education and employment opportunities, Naziba and her team are poised for success.
Country: Sri Lanka
Company: Pol Sambol
School: National School of Business Management
During a conversation with friends, Peshala Dayanatha realized there was a widespread issue for Sri Lankan people to find authentic, non-processed food available for lunch during the work day. To solve this problem, Dayanatha launched PolSambol, creating a new delivery option for authentic food, while also creating jobs for stay-at-home moms. Like most entrepreneurs, he faced many challenges, including quality control and ensuring the food was prepared to the proper standard. In three years, Dayanatha plans to open his own PolSambol kitchen and move to a more environmentally friendly approach, using biodegradable packaging that creates zero waste.
Company: Druk SmaTech Company
School: College of Science and Technology
Studying electronics and communication at the College of Science and Technology in Bhutan, Pema Singye built his company, Druk SmaTech Company, where he focuses on consumer electronics devices. His user-friendly Smart Switch System operates electrical home applications like lights, fans, geysers and heaters which can be turned on and off using mobile apps either through Bluetooth or by remote IP-based technology, saving on energy. Apart from Smart Switch System(S^3), he built a machine called the Smart Milk Cream Separator to offer farmers an alternative to the unhygienic, century-old milk churners currently being used. Innovating, solving problems and improving the livelihoods of the common people, especially farmers, is the driving factor behind his entrepreneurial spirit. Singye’s plans for the future focus around designing and manufacturing other processing machines that will aid the farming industry in addition to other consumer electronics devices.