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Innovative business ideas rewarded at the Uber Entrepreneurship Challenge 2021

Nimesh Sandaruwan named winner of the driver / courier category.


Uber Sri Lanka GM Bhavna Dadlani
Guest of honor – Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa

Uber awarded 10 partner merchants, partner drivers and couriers with prizes ranging from stays in luxury hotels, smartphones and a motorcycle, to reward their innovative business ideas during the Uber Entrepreneurship Challenge 2021.

The awards ceremony took place at Park Street Mews Colombo in the presence of the guest of honor, Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa, who presented awards to the deserving laureates.

The challenge, an industry first, was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and offered traders, drivers and delivery partners a platform to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit. and their innovation. Winner of the Merchant category for her unique recipe for submarines and hot dogs made with local plant-based ingredients, Shani Dias received a two night full board stay at Heritance Kandalama and a Samsung Galaxy S7 Tab . In addition, Nimesh Sandaruwan was named winner of the “Driver / Courier” category for his concept of expanding services via the Uber platform. He received a brand new Mahindra Centuro motorcycle.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Namal Rajapaksa said: “There is no shortage of talents and innovative ideas in Sri Lanka. So, we are constantly looking for ways to provide opportunities for people, especially young people, to pursue their dreams and strengthen the nation. Creating a culture conducive to start-ups is an important part of this mission. The Uber Entrepreneur Challenge is an initiative that fits in with this goal, and we are therefore very happy to have been able to collaborate with a company that creates new opportunities every day.

Discussing the initiative, Uber Sri Lanka Managing Director Bhavna Dadlani said: “It is a great pleasure to recognize innovative entrepreneurs on the Uber and Uber Eats platforms. In a changing world, agile businesses can transform lives and communities.

“Our partners are at the heart of our operations and we are always looking for ways to help them further improve their lives and their businesses. On behalf of Uber Sri Lanka, I take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and wish them success in their endeavors. I would also like to sincerely thank the Ministry of Youth and Sports for giving us this opportunity to collaborate in improving the local entrepreneurial culture. We look forward to more such collaborations in the future.

The Entrepreneurship Challenge was Uber’s effort to engage, inspire and motivate its partners to achieve their goals and dreams. With partners at the heart of Uber’s business in Sri Lanka, the Uber Entrepreneurship Challenge demonstrates the company’s efforts to create economic and social value for all stakeholders, in line with its long-term strategy to boost the economic development and financial inclusion in Sri Lanka.

Shani Dias wins the merchant category