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Yoganathan Ratheesan:  “Be ambitious because it’s free”

Enterprise! Programme

Kingston University’s Business School hosted the first of several upcoming Insight sessions on Wednesday, 23 October themed “Starting a business with little or no money” – organized by the Enterprise! Programme.

The event welcomed guest speaker Yoganathan Ratheesan, Co-founder, co-owner of the Lebara Group, also a Kingston University graduate to speak about his experience with starting a business.

In advance of the evening’s session, Martha Mador, head of Enterprise Education at the University met with Alumnus and Co-founder Yoganthan Ratheesan and several entrepreneurial students of Enterprise Up to discuss how they benefitted from the financial donations by the Lebara Group. These students included Hend Krichen, founder of Hend Krichen Co. – a luxury retail and home-ware accessories company inspired by traditional Tunisian craftsmanship. Also in attendance was Tom Harrington, founder of Wesold.couk, an online real estate agency that was recently featured in Dragon’s Den in August 2014. Both students shared in the opportunity to discuss their enterprising situations relative to funding, manufacturing, negotiations and personal motivations.

Following the meeting with entrepreneurial students, several were invited to visit the Lebara headquarters in the coming months, and potentially receive mentorship on an individual basis.

Enterprise Insight’s

Dennis Aguma, President of the Entrepreneurship society was on hand to give insight about the society and how it has benefited from the Lebara sponsorship.

With registration surpassing demand, approximately one hundred plus guests were in attendance at the event.

In his advice, Ratheesan shared that as entrepreneurs, it is “important to put yourself into something you believe in” and “listen to your gut”. He also emphasised the importance of networking and making connections with people long term, a lesson learned through his experiences with introducing Lebara into several markets.

Law student Cindy Ledger noted that the event was “inspirational”, taking away valuable advice on “setting deadlines and targets” for success.


Mark your calendars for GEW 2014: 17-20th November

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. To register for this FREE event, visit our Eventbrite page.



                    • Enterprise! Fair – Kingston Hill, KHBS027 –20 November 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (GMT),
  • ‘An evening with an Entrepreneur – Laurance Blackall’ at Penrhyn Road campus – PRJG3007 on 20 Nov. at 5:45 pm. PRJG3007


Laurence joined Virgin, the music business immediately after university and spent over 2 years working with Richard Branson prior to getting a “proper job” in international management consultancy. He moved into business publishing in 1981 but was “moved out” in 1993. In 1994 he created what would become one of the UK’s fastest growing Internet Service Providers which was sold in 2000. He is a limited partner in a private equity fund and an investment partner in a Venture Capital fund. He is also a non-executive director of a number of public and private companies.

 To register for this FREE event, visit our Eventbrite page.