To Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Nation

The Department of Entrepreneurship of University of Sri Jayewardenepura established the esteemed unit called Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEFENI).
CEFENI provides a platform for the development of an entrepreneurial culture through promoting entrepreneurship and innovation within the nation. This center will provide sound exposure to budding entrepreneurs from the inception through to the fulfilment of their ultimate dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

The Department of Entrepreneurship, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura is uniquely positioned to provide courses and research on a broad range of topics along with entrepreneurship.

The scope of the Center covers schools, universities, existing and potential entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, social entrepreneurs, managers, teachers and all other parties who are interested in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.

To Establish an Entrepreneurial Culture in Mother Lanka.


To be the enabler in fostering innovations and entrepreneurship across Sri Lanka towards socio-economic development of the country.


To create a new breed of young entrepreneurs who will become contributors to the national economy.


To bridge the gap between academia, business and government in the entrepreneurial arena and increase knowledge transfer in all directions.


To act as the central hub of the network of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, potential entrepreneurs, schools, universities, public and private sector institutions and all other interested parties




  1. Facilitate business incubation for the budding entrepreneurs and new starters.
  2. Act as a policy planner for national entrepreneurship development.
  3. Operate as an information hub to provide necessary data and information to the required parties.
  4. Create a linkage between researchers and entrepreneurs.
  5. Conduct national entrepreneurship and innovations forums, research conferences and exhibitions to promote entrepreneurial             culture.
  6. Strengthen entrepreneurship education at the school and university level to inspire future generations of entrepreneurs.
  7. Promote youth entrepreneurship through information forums, and mini- workshops on entrepreneurship and Enterprise development.
  8. Facilitate to develop ideas and prototypes for inventors and innovators through a free idea lab or an idea incubator.
  9. Engage in income generating activities for self-sustainability.

The outcome of the Center in the initial stage (during first three years) is expected as follow,

  1. Creating of at least 20 new businesses by the university students providing necessary infrastructure, seed funding and guidance.
  2. Creating 100 new startups by anyone interested from inside and outside of the university.
  3. Improve considerable number of SMEs to large scale.
  4. Innovating and improving products, services, processes and business models.
  5. Producing important research findings in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship for purpose of the policy making and industry development.
  6. Developing human resources with skills and correct attitudes required to initiate and manage entrepreneurial business.

The main beneficiaries of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be,

  • All university students
  • SME sector and large incumbent firms
  • Academic staff and the non-academic staff of   the university
  • Those who are willing to start up a business venture
  • Women entrepreneurs
  • The general public who are interested in contributing to the development of the   country

The Center shall be governed by the Board of Directors. Board of Directors will be appointed from the members of the Department of Entrepreneurship (DoE), Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce (FMSC), University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ), representatives from industry and relevant government institutions. The tenure of the body would be three years.


We are inviting all entrepreneurs connected with the University of Sri Jayewardenepura who have completed or are currently following B.Sc. in Entrepreneurship, Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship, Advanced Diploma in Entrepreneurial Business Management, Diploma Entrepreneurial Business Management and Certificate in Entrepreneurial Business Management to register with us to list your businesses with the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Your business will be listed in the CEFENI web making a high impact on the reputation and the strength of our business hub.