Month: January 2019

Grasshoppers – Cash on Delivery – Courier Service in SL goes global

Dulith Herath

Dulith Herath (Co Founder of Grasshoppers) representing Sri Lanka at Startup summit by SAARC.

Grasshoppers among world’s 40 best innovative digital solutions for World Summit Awards 2018

The Sri Lankan last-mile logistics groundbreaker—Grasshoppers—received an extraordinary global recognition with the WSA, as an outstanding example of digital innovation in e-commerce. Grasshoppers, which is a Kapruka and Avishkaar Frontier Fund merger, was co-founded by Dulith Herath (Sri Lankan tech innovator behind Kapruka.com) and Dr. Harsha Liyanage (creator of Sarvodaya Fusion promoting IT Education across Sri Lanka). Grasshoppers was first nominated for the WSAs by ICTA as a national choice, and went on to compete with nominations from over hundred countries before it got selected into the final round. Grasshoppers was then presented to the WSA Grand Jury in Accra, Ghana where the international jurors reviewed and discussed each shortlisted project to narrow down to the final forty WSA winners of 2018. Grasshoppers is now among the global finalists that include some of the most groundbreaking projects from around the world, outlining radical thinking converging digital innovation with social impact. This means that Grasshoppers will go on to present the unusual model of their business and how it utilises digital platforms in a completely new manner, at the WSA Global Congress with other finalists. This kind of recognition for a Lankan tech startup is quite rare, and signifies how the country is beginning to make stronger strides into the realm where clever use of technology is at the core of enterprise.

The World Summit Awards are a unique awards system linked to the UN World Summit Awards. It selects and promotes local digital innovation that renders a high impact onsocioeconomic development. The awards system brings together an ongoing  series of international events and activities with a global network of start-ups, social entrepreneurs, mentors, jurors, speakers, experts, government leaders, academia and civil society, carving out an international platform for extraordinary stories on how ICTs can have an impact on society. WSAs have been in place for fifteen years now, becoming a quality seal for digital content with societal impact in over hundred and eighty participating countries. WSA stands for the worldwide selection and promotion of digital innovation with a postitve impact on society & the encouragement of young entrepreneurship. The award system is highly diverse and democratic, and was initiated in 2003 in the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS). It contributes to the UN sustainable development goals agenda, by recognising local digital content with an impact on society, demonstrating the richness and diversity of innovative applications.World Summit Awards are conducted by ICNM, an Austrian not-for-profit organisation based in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

The awards system recognised Grasshoppers for several reasons such as cutting-edge digital innovation with a strong local relevance, content depth and user value from all UN member state. The venture was also recognised to contribute to the agenda of UN WSIS and UN sustainable development goals by showcasing creative use of digital innovation, fostering entrepreneurship and making platforms accessible at grassroot levels. The business model of Grasshoppers is one that allows local communities to be part of it, and reap the benefits of the company’s growth. The company has a proprietary technology stack that facilitates interactions within its logistics supply chain and provides features like traceability of goods through its network, to their clients. This has gained fantastic traction with different segments of customers including leading e-commerce players, corporates and MSMEs.

With the WSA recognition that Grasshoppers receives, the Lankan tech startup will be able to leverage WSA’s global network of emerging brands, mentors, entrepreneurs, jurors, governmental representatives, ICT experts and international organisations, connecting to new stakeholders, collaborators and possibly even clienteles. In addition to this, WSA network will connect Grasshoppers to over fifteen local, regional and global events, workshops and meetings every year, offering face to face platforms for a multi-level knowledge exchange to propel the venture further. Through WSAs, Grasshoppers will also receive global visibility through national experts network, media partners and strategic cooperation.

 

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For the Young at Heart Sri Lankans

Some super huggable soft toy options available in Sri Lanka

Is there a certain age limit for loving soft toys? if you have properly associated girls, you would know that even the most tight knit tomboyish girl, would also break a smile when she sees an adorably fluffy soft toy. Some might argue that it is a better gift than flowers, well it does last forever. There is a little girl in almost every girl refusing to grow up and this little girl will never stop loving soft toys and honestly there is no such thing as “ENOUGH TEDDIES”  to be frank “MORE IS BETTER”.

With Valentines around the corner, there might be some boyfriends or friends wondering what to get their significant other or potential match, getting a soft toy is always a safe bet, it does not disappoint, pair it with another gift and “Alas” you have the perfect bundle of joy anyone would like.

Depending on the personality of the girl, here are some fluffy gift options worth cuddling.

The “Fashionista”

Well she is indeed the best looking and most well dressed in the lot, she is envied by many girls because they want to be like her and she is the type of girl you are proud of because honestly she draws so much attention.The perfect teddy for your fashionista will be, Lilly  a fluffy yet outstanding teddy.

The “Playful” girl 

She is indeed the most famous and friendly girl and has every aspect of being the absolute perfect girl she is beautiful, attractive, charming, and has a good sense of humour. She is loved by anyone because everyone loves to have a hint of mischief in their lives.The perfect soft toy for this girl is, Mr Ted and we all know how Ted is.

The “Nerd”

Well she is the genius in the bunch who prioritizes studies over everything else, the best soft toy for this type of highly opinionated yet conservative girl would be  Venus the unicorn since she is a strong dreamer and is unique like a unicorn.

The “Motherly” girl

She is the perfect replica of your mother and is the perfect “wife” material girl as she is very mature and serious and has a tendency of looking out for the people around her like a mother hen, she would love to own Brownie Bear a big ball of fur waiting to be hugged.

The “Feminine” girl

She is the old fashioned typically “girly” person who LOVES teddies and Cute things, the perfect soft toy for her would be Cutie Pie Snuggle Bear because “Cutie Pie” has a demure nature unlike the other teddies.

The “Adventurous” girl

Well in simple words she is the Tomboy in the lot who is ready to do anything and she has a knack for challenging herself, she would love to  own the Bat Man Cuddly Toy since she tends to love more “Boyish” things.

The “Ambitious” girl

She is a born leader who prioritizes work over anything else, the best teddy for this type of girl is Snugly Bear well nothing is more “BOSS LADY” than this super cool teddy with the trollable heart.

The “Doubting” girl

She is forever doubting herself though she is amazingly talented. She tends to believe that she is a “Potato” and she would definitely love to own Peggy who is cute and cuddly.

Whatever the type of girl she is, make this Valentine a bit more cuddly and fluffy by gifting her a cute soft toy  on Kapruka.

If you have some more teddy bear suggestions for the special ladies out there do not forget to leave a comment below!

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Are you an Ethical eater residing in Sri Lanka?

A looking glass into ethical eating and Veganism in Sri Lanka

 

If you are reading this post veganism plays an integral part in your life or you are hoping to move away from the mostly ignorant habit of harming animals and embracing a more ethical food consuming habit. First of all it is important to know what being Vegan is and it is not the same thing as being a Vegetarian! A vegan is an individual who avoids to consume any form of animal product which includes milk and bees honey. It is truly a very drastic lifestyle change and you might be wondering whether our local Sri Lankan Cuisine actually accommodate and support this lifestyle.

Sri Lankan cuisine is known to be perfectly spiced with coconut milk or any form of coconut based product used in almost every dish, which is good news for vegans, Sri Lankan cuisine does not rely on animal based products to make the food extra tasty or better, even maldive fish or “Umbalakada” is not important because there are many more alternatives that can be used instead.

 

We Sri Lankans are proud of our food though we are a small and culturally diverse island, through time we have turned into the perfect culinary curry pot. The main ethnic groups are the Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Tamils and Moors of Arab descent. On top of this the Dutch and English colonial years have also left their influences. Altogether this has created an exciting variety of dishes that vary from region to region.

The best season for Vegans is the Mango and Jackfruit / “kos” season, we are blessed with some exotic fruits and vegetables that is not only delicious but really makes being a vegan enjoyable. So our message to all the Vegans out there is to embrace your lifestyle and enjoy some super tasty  Sri Lankan dishes.

Kapruka allows you to send some tasty homemade Sri Lankan dishes suitable for any lifestyle.
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