Here’s a Billion Dollar question!
Who is going to be the first Sri Lankan Unicorn? The first Sri Lankan startup with a billion-dollar valuation?
How many Unicorns can Sri Lanka produce in the next five years?
Merely asking that question changed my perception, from an “If” to a “Who” and a matter of time.
In the last five years, twenty more countries have joined the Unicorn Club. These include countries such as Indonesia, Colombia, Philippines, Estonia & even tiny countries like Malta.
Our next-door neighbour, India now has 19 unicorns with 5 more awaiting to be added to the list within the year 2019. By the end of this year, India will dislodge United Kingdom to claim the third spot in this prestigious club.
So, “Why not Sri Lanka?”
“Are we not a nation rich in intellectual capital?”
“Are we not a nation rich in creative capital?”
“We are the island of ingenuity!”
“We should be on that list!”
To understand the current context better, let’s look at some trends!