idea2fund finalist pitch to MTI’s CEO

In collaboration with CHEC Port City Colombo - to identify and groom  emerging Sri Lankan entrepreneursThe 3rd wave of MTI’s ‘idea2fund’ successfully completed stage three pitch presentations on the 21st of March at the Hilton Colombo. ‘idea2fund’ is a venture challenge platform powered by MTI Corporate Finance for aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch venture ideas, connect with potential investors and receive consulting advisory and implementation support through MTI Consulting.
The 7 shortlisted Sri Lankan start-ups from the second round presented their ideas to MTI Consulting CEO Hilmy Cader. Each presentation was evaluated on several aspects such as validity, size of the opportunity and commercial viability of the concept. Based on the overall evaluation and fine tuning of the start-up concepts, the final shortlisted entrepreneurs will proceed to the ‘Investor Linking Stage’.
“We have seen the drive, passion and potential in the ideas presented and we are looking forward to select the mo…

De Saram and MTI set up JV for legal outsourcing

Say Sri Lanka well-positioned to be LPO destination
F.J. & G. de Saram, Sri Lanka’s leading corporate and commercial law firm founded over 175 years ago, and MTI Consulting have set up a joint venture called Legal Source which offers legal process outsourcing services to international and local clients. 

The services offered include Contract Management, Legal Research, Legal Support Services and Intellectual Property Documentation. “Understanding the timely need for customised legal outsourcing solutions, we are excited to launch Legal Source in partnership with MTI Consulting. Our years of expertise in handling legal matters combined with MTI’s experience in strategy and market research will ensure that our clients receive the highest quality of service while ensuring value for money,” said Shehara Varia, Partner at F.J. & G. de Saram and Director of Legal Source.

Commenting on the venture, MTI CEO Hilmy Cader said: “Today any business, be it a start-up or a multinational, has …

Bangladesh’s top conglomerate strategizes with MTI advisory

The  Rahimafrooz Group, one Bangladesh’s top business groups, have retained MTI’s Advisory services to work along and outline strategic initiatives to ensure overall organizational operational excellence. The purpose of this consulting initiative was to interact with RDL’s top management and senior management going to the level of doers and executionist to understand and appreciate the modus operandi in greater detail. This in turn enabled MTI to review and analyze critically the current processes, structure and systems of RDL with respect to the current and future strategic direction for RDL and accordingly design and recommend efficiencies and improvements to transform RDL into a Vibrant Organization with Performance and Operational Excellence at all levels. A cross-border MTI team of consultants and analysts has worked for this project to make it happen headed by MTIs Bahrain based CEO, Hilmy Cader, who was in Dhaka to launch MTIs recommendation to the top management of RDL and th…

MTI Idea2fund’s Bakamuna : Creative Partner at "The Artist in Me"

Following the success of two mixed media art workshops conducted by Bakamuna for students of the Learning Support Unit of Lyceum International School, Nugegoda,  the unique and creative artwork was showcased at ‘The Artist in Me’.  An exhibition that was recently held at Lyceum International School to celebrate the artistic talents of children with learning difficulties. The aim of the exhibition was to highlight the hidden talents of children who struggle to succeed in a standard classroom environment, through various forms of art, such as painting, sketching, photography and craft. In addition to Bakamuna, the Learning Support Unit is also grateful to their other sponsors AOD Colombo (Principal Sponsor), Yamaha Music Centre (Gold Sponsor), Emergence Education (Silver Sponsor) and Link Naturals (Bronze Sponsor). As the Creative Partner of the event, Bakamuna conducted two mixed media workshops that encouraged the students to use a range of materials to create self-portraits. The stu…

MTI enabled strategy for USA’s Limoneira published as a case study

A global expansion strategy carried out by MTI Consulting on behalf of Limoneira, the Nasdaq listed and USA’s largest lemon producer has become an international business case study. Titled ‘Making lemonade from lemons: The role of client – consultant knowledge as the Limoneira Company goes global,’ the case study by Jason Cordier and Tahir Hameed has been included in ‘Management Consultancy Insights and Real Consultancy Projects’ published by Routledge. It illustrates how social capital and strong inter-personal skills and relationships positively influenced consultant and client learning, thereby influencing an array of project outcomes.
“At the end of the MTI project we decided to go-to-market directly with our lemon business utilizing our vertically integrated supply chain and the Limoneira brand.  Looking back we are extremely pleased with that decision which has paid off significantly as reflected in our business performance and financial results.  MTI played a pivotal role in this…

MTI enables Link Natural’s breakthrough into Vietnam and Myanmar

MTI Consulting, through their proven international market-entry methodology (and backed by extensive cross-border experience) has enabled the makers of Samahan and Sudantha to breakthrough into the fast growing Vietnam and Myanmar market. Link Natural has tied-up with one of South East Asia’s leading healthcare companies, that will see the launch of the Samahan equivalent in both these high potential markets.
“Internationalization is now core of our rapid growth strategy. MTI Consulting has helped us identify the key growth markets for us and our first foray into South Asia will be Vietnam and Myanmar, with the rest of the ASEAN block to follow, Philippines in particular. Having the right-minded partner with in-market capabilities is critical to our success.” Said Dr. Devapriya Nugawela, the Chairman of Link Natural.
Link Natural is one of Sri Lanka’s iconic R&D based herbal health care brands. The fast growing product range includes generic Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals, herbal health…

World’s top Investment Bank Lazard explores Sri Lanka – works with MTI

Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, the 170 year old Lazard ( has shown interest in Sri Lanka, with a visit this week by an international delegation, in co-operation with MTI Consulting.

The US$ 2.7 billion global financial advisory firm in conjunction with MTI Consulting, plans to meet officials of the Sri Lankan Government and discuss how Lazard could work with Government in its attempt to divest and attract foreign investments for its large non-strategic assets like Hotels.
Lazard is a leading international investment bank dedicated to financial advisory and advises on many of the largest and most complex transactions, including advising Starwood Hotels on its sale to Marriott and Hotel Investment Partners on its sale to Blackstone. It has a world leading sovereign advisory team that has a long and strong track record of advising governments and public entities, advising on more notable transactions than any of i…