Children running on a gravel sidewalk on an empty road
Children running on a gravel sidewalk on an empty road
Sunday 17 January 2016 15:21 to Friday 22 January 2016 23:59

Social Starters is offering a unique training and development programme to a selected group of social entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka starting in February 2016. This collaborative consultancy programme will be delivered by experienced international volunteer specialists.

Together with Social Enterprise Lanka, the British Council and the Good Market, Social Starters aims to deliver several of these programmes in 2016 in Sri Lanka.

Working with skilled professionals from around the world Social Starters brings to Sri Lanka a team of specialists from some of the top organisations in the world specialising in the fields of marketing, communications, packaging, e-commerce, finance, business modelling, strategy and more.

Social Starters matches them with early stage social enterprises or NGOs looking to build sustainable social business models.

  • Are you delivering impact in your community through business?
  • Do you have a project, product or service that needs specialist support to take it to the next level?
  • Can you give 3 days a week of your time over 5 weeks from either 19 February 2016 or 22 April 2016?
  • Do you have a new product to take to market, want to launch a marketing campaign, build your brand or learn new skills in finances or sales?
  • Are you based in Colombo and can receive weekly training and consultancy from your volunteering specialist?
  • Are you willing to implement any required changes to your business as a result of this programme?

We’re looking for 20 social start-ups who would like to receive internationally recognised training and support in the following areas:



If you meet the following criteria you can apply HERE, or by emailing to request an offline application form.

Deadline for applications - 12.00p.m. 22 January 2016

Assessment day (Colombo – location TBC) – Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January 2016


We loved the weeks we spent with our international volunteer. She was genuinely interested in everything we had to say and the ideals we believed in. She put her 100%+ into the project and really tailored her plan according to our requirements. Even though we had limited time, we were able to achieve some concrete goals. 

Without Borders, NGO, Colombo, September 2015


We are extremely grateful to Social Starters for running such a useful programme for the benefit or organisations like ours!

Chitra Lane, Social Enterprise, Colombo, September 2015