After two months of intensive research in the community of Bandarawela, the GMP3 Team around Community Hero Sujitha successfully pitched the business plan to their investor. We interviewed investor Bea Bättig from HILTI FOUNDATION on why she invested into the team.
You could feel the excitement in the room when Bea Bättig from HILTI FOUNDATION entered the lecture hall at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. The GMP3 Team in Europe and Asia had worked hard since January to come up with a viable business plan for BOOKBRIDGE‘s first learning center in Sri Lanka.
The GMP3 Team built their pitch around their vision “to make the future shine in Bandarawela”. Using the picture of a diamond in the shape of Sri Lanka, they outlined their business plan to improve the job and life chances of school children, young adults and adults in the community of Bandarawela, Uva Province, Sri Lanka.
Bea Bättig was impressed by the team spirit and the effort which the 20 candidates at WHU and in Sri Lanka have put into their pitch and the business plan. She agreed to invest into the learning center and outlined three conditions. The team received the response with great excitement and set off to prepare the implementation of their business plan on-site in June.
Bea, why did you decide to invest in our first learning center in Sri Lanka?
“Access to quality education is key to success in life. I really like BOOKBRIDGE‘s thoughtful approach in not only including people from Europe, but also people from the local community. Together, they can develop an impactful concept for the local community.”
What do you expect from your first learning center in Sri Lanka?
“I expect from the learning center to complement existing educational offerings in the community in a purposeful way. The offerings should fit to the real needs of the local people. I do not want an European approach but the best-possible solution by co-creating with the local community. From my experience in working with the community of Monaragula, 1 1/2 hours east of Bandarawela, many people cannot read nor write. We have to contribute to improving the education system with our learning center.”
Listen to the statement by Bea on why she supports BOOKBRIDGE. It is available in German only.