AIESEC Sri Lanka, Event, Leadership

ACCA Business Challenge – The Grand Finale

The end of January 2021 was one that many would remember as the “ACCA Business Challenge – The Grand Finale” presented by AIESEC in University of Colombo was held on the 30th of January from 10.30 AM to 1.00 PM. Partnering with ACCA Sri Lanka, Hayleys Advantis, Softlogic Information Systems, NDB Investment Bank, Olis and ShoutOUT Labs as main monetary sponsors, helped in being able to really give the event the flair that it deserved. The tokens of appreciation to the judges and moderator were sponsored by Thuru, Blossoms, Culture Colombo and La chocolata. The event was exclusively covered by the exclusive media partners for the event, Lankadeepa online, Daily FT online and Daily mirror online. Additionally, the live event was also cross-posted by FOS media, Colombo beacon, CINEC campus and Pera beats life. 

The ACCA Business Challenge is the first-ever corporate competition organized by AIESEC in University of Colombo to enhance skills of young undergraduates as a leadership-oriented organization. This case study competition was geared towards undergraduates who are from UGC recognized Universities in Sri Lanka. ACCA Business Challenge secured a delegation of 217 participants of 59 teams from almost all the government universities in Sri Lanka and a considerable number of registration from private universities as well.

Participants went through 2 rounds in addition to the grand finale.  An introductory session was also held with the intention of teaching the participants on how to do a case study to better prepare them for the coming trials.

  • Simulation MCQ round

 

The simulation round was held on the 15th of January on an online platform. All 217 participants competed in this online test, from which a great many teams were unable to make It into the top ten teams. The top ten teams who made it to the submission round are Achievers, Team OutOfScope, Igniters, Team Avatar, Cryptonite, CYRAYS, Team Enigma, Team HasAsolution, Hotshots, Team Frontline. The online test site itself calculated the pass rate and the best ten teams were chosen based on their final mark rankings. 

  • Submission round 

 

After announcing the top ten teams, the case study prompt was sent to them with a period of 6 days given to research, analyze, make, and send in their case study presentation. The presentations were submitted by the 22nd of January. The submissions were evaluated by our honourable judge panel for the semifinal round, Mr Shehan Fernando, CEO of Alpha business school and Dilshad Jiffry, Managing Director of ICON Business School representing ACCA member network panel of ACCA, Sri Lanka

  • Grand finale

The grand finale was held on the 30th of January from 10.30 AM to 1.00 PM on the AIESEC Sri Lanka FB page. The session was moderated by Sharon Mascarenhas and joined by the honourable judges, Ms Rathnakala Gurunathan and Mr Nandika Budhdhipala who represented the ACCA member network panel, Sri Lanka. The teams that made it to the grand finale were Team OutOfScope, Igniters, CYRAYS, Cryptonite and Team HasAsolution. The event kicked off with great fanfare and the teams presented their case studies to the judges.  After all the presentations were over, the judges nominated their top 3 picks for the audience vote. They are,  

  1. Summayya Ziyad from Team OutOfSCope 
  2. Sivamayouri Premnath from CYRAYS 
  3. Sevindu Ranasinghe from Igniters

Viewers voted for their favourite and the polls closed after 15 minutes. The last moments of the Grand Finale were upon us. 

The Grand Prize worth 50 000 LKR was won by Team OutOfScope consisting of Saroj De Seram, Summayya Ziyad, G.L.P. Wijesinghe. The Honorable Mention Award worth 15 000 LKR was awarded to Team Frontline consisting of Avishka Hettiarachchi, Maneth Wijethunga, Venodi Widanagamage and Hiruni Dahanayake. The Best Pitcher Award worth 10 000 LKR which was given based on viewer votes, went to Sivamayouri Premnath.  

For the winners, it was definitely a challenge that tested their minds and skills as attested by Team OutOfScope who said, “The ACCA Business Challenge organized by AIESEC in University of Colombo was an amazing experience to all of us! But even more, it was a privilege to have emerged winners during the event. Hence, we are incredibly grateful for this.

opportunity, especially as undergraduates who are about to enter the corporate world “. The team who won the Honourable Mention Award added, “We, Team Frontline would like to elaborate on ACCA Business Challenge as a golden opportunity which led us to explore a lot of insights about the Sri Lankan corporate sector. We would like to Thank AIESEC in University of Colombo for giving undergraduates this kind of opportunity “. Further comments were also given by Sivamayouri Premnath on winning the Best Pitcher award,“The event was organized very well. It was challenging yet we had fun!”.

 

Thus, came the end of ACCA Business Challenge presented by University of Colombo. With the guidance and leadership of the executive board of AIESEC in University of Colombo and the organizing committee president, Arunodani Bandara; this brand-new venture has come to fruition in a spectacular grand finale. As such, it is our hope as the Organizing committee that this event was one that taught everyone who was a part of this, something new and something to improve on. AIESEC in the University of Colombo will continue to inspire and develop the future leaders of the society, by delivering more and more leadership experiences.

 

Partners of Business Challenge

 

Organizing Committee – ACCA Business Challenge 

 Organizing Committee President: Arunodani Bandara

Organizing Committee Vice Presidents for Delegates: Anudi Karunaratne, Janani Samarawickrama & Nethmini Nandadewa

Organizing Committee Vice Presidents for External Relations: Pramudi Lankanadee, Gajaneei Ragupathy & Minoli Gunarathna

Organizing Committee Vice Presidents for Marketing: Siraj Naufer, Akthar Farvees & Hashini Dilshara

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Event

Expertify – an eye-opening international webinar series

A Truly Novel Initiative

The whole world came to a sudden halt unexpectedly, with the outbreak of COVID19, restricting thousands to their homes. With fear of an uncertain future that refused to leave our minds, everyone was struggling to cope up. And the enthusiastic younger generation wasn’t an exception. While statistics showed that mental health cases were increasing drastically, indicating everyone was losing hope little by little, AIESEC of University of Sri Jayawardenepura decided to take a step ahead initiating an international webinar series; Expertify 2020.

Expertify was organized by the Outgoing Global Talent function of AIESEC in USJ, under three phases. The main two objectives of Expertify was to create awareness among the youth and to seek passionate professionals within the youth. Expertify can be identified as the first ever virtual webinar series initiated by the AIESEC Sri Lanka. 

In a time where online events were still an alien and strange concept to everyone, Expertify 2020 brought a fresh start welcoming everyone to embrace the new-normal.

Expertify Phase 1

The first phase of Expertify was held on 20th of April under the topic of “How can we respond to nature’s miracles given by COVID 19”. Ms. Hirushi Jayasena, Ms. Natasha Rathnayake, Ms. Gayathri Kodithuwakku and Ms. Nethmini Medawala joined to Expertify as the guest speakers while Ms. Bernadine Jayasinghe participated as the moderator. The phase one of Expertify was able to get 8300+ views and was able to make a radio appearance as well.

Expertify first phase took place during the time at which the first wave of COVID19 hit Sri Lanka. At a time where everyone was struggling to come to terms with the drastic changes happening in their lives, Expertify First phase invited the youth to look for a light, or rather “miracle” hidden in the darkest days of their lives.

The Second Phase Continued

The second phase of Expertify was held on the 1st of May under the topic of, “How to become an online entrepreneur” with Mr. Sharanyan Sharma, Ms. Linda Marik, Mr. Bhanuka Harischandra, Mr. Indi Samarajiva as the guest speakers. In a time where everyone was struggling to convert their business idea to a virtual business arena, Expertify was able to give an in depth knowledge on how to start your own virtual business, what are the barriers you would face and how to overcome them, what are the soft skills that would come in handy and how to do digital marketing and many more.

With the social distancing and lockdowns, online businesses popped up back and forth. Expertify second phase gave detailed insights on how to make your virtual business a success, starting from scratch. It’s our youth that is always budding with new ideas and new solutions. And their young blood is ready to take up any challenge but all they need is a little help, little guidance. Expertify second phase was able to give that guidance and prompt the younger generation to take their first step into the business world.

Expertify Third Phase on Fire

The third and final phase of Expertify was held on 17th of May under the topic of “How to make passion your profession?”. Mr. Kumar Sangakkara, Ms. Umara Sinhawansa, Ms. Otara Gunewardene and Block and Dino illuminate the Expertify 3rd phase while Ms. Bernadine Jayasinghe joined as the moderator.  Expertify 3rd phase was a huge success making it the biggest online event in AIESEC Sri Lanka. The feedback received from both local and international audience was evidence for that massive success.

Expertify third phase was able to give valuable insights on how to find your true passion, how do you know whether it will be enough to be your profession for the rest of your lives, how can we improve our passion, skills and qualifications, what are the challenges we might face and how to overcome them and many more. Since the guest speakers who joined hands with the Expertify Third phase were icons loved by the youth, and they pursue their passion as their profession, it is unavoidable that the younger generation looks up to them. And the diversification of industries and fields the guest speakers represented, gave a vast knowledge to the audience.

Enlightening a Crowd Worldwide

Although Expertify was organized by AIESEC in University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the target audience wasn’t only AIESEC members. When we take a look at the topics of the webinar series we can see that the topics were much compatible to youth as a whole. Those were not restricted to Sri Lankan context and can be insightful for the international crowd as well. That helped Expertify to win the international audience.

Expertify 2020 was able to breathe a new hope to our youth in a time where they lost hopes altogether. It encouraged enthusiastic young individuals to embrace the rapid changes that were happening and to work for a better future.

Want to take the perfect pathway to discover you ideal version? AIESEC Exchange Opportunities could be of a great help for you. Check them out from the links given below

Article by – Neluni Supul

Showcasing Team – AIESEC in USJ

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Event, Leadership, News, Partnerships

Careergraph by AIESEC in University of Colombo

Hand to graph your career from AIESEC in University of Colombo

Careergraph is an event organized by AIESEC in University of Colombo to convey an in-depth understanding of the corporate world while preparing the youth to build up their career path. AIESEC in University of Colombo is one of the pioneer local committees operating under AIESEC in Sri Lanka with the vision of “Engaging and developing every young person in the world”. Likewise, they provide the youth with opportunities for leadership development through volunteering, interning and entrepreneurship training.

Careergraph corporate experience was initially planned to comprise two phases of which the first phase was successfully carried out by the Organizing Committee on 29th December 2020 with a participation of over 200 school students and university undergraduates. The event was held as a panel discussion conducted by five eminent corporate experts and entrepreneurs. The event opened up with the flourishing fashion designer and entrepreneur Ms. Amilani Perera giving us her insights on incorporating passion into career and the challenges that came on the way.

This was followed by a thorough explanation of the importance of academic qualifications for a career and how the corporate world is affected

Speakers of Careergraph

by the current COVID-19 pandemic by the Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Celcius Solutions, Mr. Kamal Dole. The young emerging innovator and Co-Founder at SurfEdge (PVT) Ltd, Mr. Adhisha Gammanpila too shared some valuable tips to kick-start a company of your own. He also launched Sri Lanka’s first quantum computing start-up at the event. Mr. Pravinth Rajarathnam, director of Imperial College of Business Studies in Sri Lanka also joined as a panellist to discuss his views on career success. The Local Committee President of AIESEC in University of Colombo for the years 2015/16. Mr. Kaneru Godagama joined to share with the delegates his experience in AIESEC and how it aided him in building the leader in him and empowering others around him. The event was smoothly moderated by Ms. Azraa Azaan, Assistant Manager at News 1st Capital Maharaja Group.
The second phase of Careergraph will also be happening on a virtual platform in partnership with CIMA, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The event will be held virtually to bring an interesting and informative session that will offer clarity and inspiration towards the career dreams of aspiring young individuals, who seek to develop their career during these turbulent times, with proper guidance and a winning vision shared with you by AIESEC and CIMA.
This event will comprise areas concerned with choosing the precise opportunities to build a successful career, balancing the career with one’s passion, and insights about developing the leadership potential through AIESEC as well. Careergraph 2020 will be held in April 2021, and live-streamed via the AIESEC Sri Lanka Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AIESECLK

The event was broadcasted over Zoom and Facebook platforms with over 2000 views with the constant support of the generous partners (Imperial College of Business Studies, Scribit, Jeya Book Centre (pvt.) ltd., Daily mirror online, Hi Online, Good PR, Chokolaate and Monsoon).

Partners of Careergraph

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