The Entrepreneurial Way (TEW) was conceived by Ratheesan Yoganathan, Chairman of Lebara Group. The programme is organised by UKTSU with the support of Ratheesan Yoganathan and LBR Investments Ltd.
The initiative ran for the first time over the 2012/2013 student academic year. The TEW team reached out to students at the university Freshers Fairs and Tamil Society Meet and Greets between September and October 2012 to give them the opportunity to find out about TEW and meet successful entrepreneurs such as Ratheesan Yoganathan of Lebara, so that those with great ideas could take the entrepreneurial route to realise their business potential.
Ratheesan began by introducing the concept of The Entrepreneurial Way (TEW), committing to invest a seed fund of £5 million between now and 2020. He highlighted that he is keen to inspire future generations of young Tamil people, both students and recent graduates, by giving them the opportunity to find out more about business and the rich experience that a career in business can provide. Ratheesan set out ambitious targets for the programme, namely that it’s his hope that the £5 million, through its various projects, will generate revenue of £100 million by 2020. In addition, he laid down a challenge that in the next 25 years, he’d like to see the Sri Lankan Tamil community contributing 1% to the UK’s GDP.
Ratheesan Yoganathan, officially launched The Entrepreneurial Way at Cass Business School, London on Wednesday 7th November 2012 in the presence of many of London’s Tamil student community. During the course of the evening the audience also heard inspirational speeches from Surinder Arora, Owner of the Arora chain of hotels including the flagship Sofitel at Heathrow Terminal 5, and Emeline Wraith from online start-up company Remote Goat; the first recipient of an entrepreneurial investment fund from Ratheesan.
The Entrepreneurial Way scheme’s second stage – The Workshop – took place at Lebara’s offices in London on Wednesday 30th January. The following subjects were covered and the notes from the presentations can be downloaded here:
David Mellor – Operations
Jamie Johnson – Sales
Scott Brown – Finance
Fiona Mulliner – Marketing
Colin Spiller – Pitching for Investment
Successful candidates were invited to attend an interview with Ratheesan and a panel of other judges.
There is no limit to the investment that you can apply for. If it’s a good idea and well thought through, you may qualify for investment. Find out more about TEW on the official website: www.dreamitachieveit.co.uk