Advanced Certificate Programme in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (ESBM)

Many business enterprises in Sri Lanka belong to the small business category. Most of these enterprises are located outside the capital city of Colombo. Employment in the rural sector is also generated by small business ventures. The government has recognized the socio economic significance of the small business sector and has instituted policies to encourage and promote small business activities. Conditions conducive for small business ventures exist in Sri Lanka. In spite of this, many small ventures have failed or have suffered slow growth. Reasons for such failures appear to be related to selection procedures of the ventures and improper management of the business.

The Open University of Sri Lanka presents this programme to address these two crucial factors of business success, selection, and management of small business ventures. The structure of the programme and the approach to it are designed to ensure its usefulness as a training exercise for aspiring investors and businessmen and for those who aspire to become managers and other supportive staff in business organizations.

Programme Content

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Management
  • Basic Mathematics and Statistics
  • Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  • Operations Management for Entrepreneurs
  • Accounts and Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • Business Planning
  • Introduction to Economics


Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Advanced Certificate
Conducted by :
Faculty of Management Studies
Programme Duration :
One Academic Year
Discipline(s) / Course(s) :

Applicants must be over 16 years of age and required to have:

  • Passed six subjects including Mathematics and First Language with at least two Credit Passes at the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination, Sri Lanka, in no more than two sittings,  or
  • Completed any Certificate Programme with 30 credits at Level 01 or above conducted by the Open University of Sri Lanka, or
  • Obtained a qualification at NVQF Level 3 or above acceptable to the Senate, or
  • Any equivalent or higher qualification acceptable to the Senate.
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Submission of Applications :
  01st May 2024
Closing Date for Applications :
  15th June 2024

Application fee:  Rs. 500.00

Total Course fee: Rs. 33,800.00 (payable in two installments)

This Advanced Certificate programme is conducted by the Faculty of Management Studies. Contact the coordinator Ms. Nimeda Deshani for further details.

Address :
  ESBM Unit, Faculty of Management Studies, HSS Building, The Open University, Nawala, Nugegoda.
Contact :
  011 288 1024/ 011 288 1255
Email :

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