Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning

All the world's a stage to Cambridge entrepreneur

Deepamala Abeysekera

A new online talent show platform has been launched by a Cambridge graduate in the hope of confirming Shakespeare's idea that 'All the world's a stage'.

StageYou.TV, founded by Deepamala Abeysekera - a Sri Lankan entrepreneur and alumna of the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship at Judge Business School - is a new online talent show for the performing arts.

The idea is that anyone can upload their performance to the website for free, get rated for their talent and be 'discovered' by the public, celebrities and talent scouts.

StageYou.TV is a platform for user generated contests and also caters to users who want to simply perform as part of their self expression without the pressure of a competition.

Deepamala is passionate about this new venture which she developed while studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.

She said: "It has truly been one roller coaster ride. Not long ago, I was a girl paralyzed by an idea, unable to speak to anyone about it. Now I'm a girl on the brink of launching the website she has dreamt about for four long years."

Dr Joanna Mills, Programme Director and Deputy Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Judge Business School, said: "During the programme, Deepamala developed StageYou.TV as her major Enterprise Project taking it from the early seeds of an idea through to the real venture you see today.

"Throughout the programme she demonstrated passion, ambition and determination to succeed with this as her project and as a result has made extremely significant progress."

The first contest is 'Theater Fiesta on StageYou.TV' featuring renowned theatre personalities from Sri Lanka as the online judges. In order to participate, budding thespians and performers need to select any script from an English play, film three minutes of them performing a monologue and then sign up via the website to get the film uploaded. However, performers are encouraged to upload their films even if they don't wish to enter a specific contest.

For further details, contact the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, University of Cambridge Judge Business School, at cfelmarketing@jbs.cam.ac.uk. Photos available on request.

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About the founder
Deepamala Abeysekera believes that innovation happens in an intersection of diverse ideas, disciplines, cultures and experiences, when they combine & collide.

StageYou.TV is a result of her 31-year journey so far which has strived to embrace a gamut of experiences.

She read for her Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship - University of Cambridge, UK, LLM in Public International Law - University of Nottingham, UK, LLB - University of London ( UOL), BSc Economics & Management-London School of Economics, UOL, Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, with training from BBC World Services at Asian College of Journalism, India, and Diploma in Journalism, Sri Lankan Foundation Institution. She was the 2007 recipient of Human Rights Law Center Bursary, University of Nottingham to pursue the internship at the United Nations Headquarters, where she interned at the Security Council, DESA and the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, NY and assisted in 63rd General Assembly. She was also the recipient of Madanjeet Singh full scholarship award from South Asia Foundation to read for the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, Asian College of Journalism, India and recipient of Inwent full scholarship for International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) Germany. She was also the recipient of Award for 'Outstanding Performance - Best Performer, Diploma, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

Co Founder-Managing Director at Aspirations Education, she has over eight years of experience in organisational development as Aspirations Education has evolved to be a premiere consultant for global education representing over 100 universities world over. She pioneered Pathbreakers - Sri Lanka's first ever Education based TV Reality programme implemented by Aspirations - and contributed to the development of the Aspirations Foundation, the Social Duty Arm of Aspirations, a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. She was a Board of Director of the Global Compact Network Ceylon- Local Network of United Nations Global Compact. She also hosted 75 interviews of key leaders in the nation building exercise from a diverse range of fields as a TV Presenter of ITN Network

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