Innovation is the key to growth and management of humanitarian and environmental challenges we face as a nation

Merrill J Fernando Awards 2021 is aimed at supporting innovators to develop a prototype or concept of their sustainable inventions. The Award will aid participants in protecting their invention and deriving benefits while supporting environmental, humanitarian and general development priorities in Sri Lanka. This year, the theme ‘Sustainable Environmentally-friendly Packaging and Resource Efficiency’ focuses on sustainable packaging innovations and concepts such as Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose.

Sustainable Packaging
Resource Efficiency
Waste Management

Selection Criteria

Ideas that meet most or all the criteria listed below will be up for strong consideration:

  • Simple and smart solutions
  • Cost-effective
  • Quantitatively measurable targets
  • Potential for large scale impact


  • Winners will produce a finalised product/service
  • Where the final product/service is not available, the winner will produce a detailed business proposal and details related to launch of the product and market

Selection Process

  • Judges will view all the submitted videos, review the applications and shortlist applicants for the next round
  • Shortlisted applicants will join the second round where one-on-one interviews will be conducted and experts will mentor the shortlisted applicants
  • Finalising applicants who will join the exhibition and give them 02 months to develop their product/service
  • Final exhibition and announcement of winners

Judging Panel

  • Dr. Ilmi Hewajulige - Additional Director, R&D ITI
  • Ms. Padma Abeykoon - Director, Operational Focal Point Biodiversity Secretariat, Ministry of Environment
  • Mr. Jeevan Gnanam - Founder/Group CEO of Saksglobal
  • Ms. Savera Weerasinghe - Founder, Ananta Sustainables
  • Ms. Shiranee Yasarathne - Advisor, Biodiversity Sri Lanka
  • Prof. Ajith de Alwis - Dean, Faculty of Studies, University of Moratuwa


1st Prize - Rs. 750,000

2nd Prize - Rs. 500,000

3rd Prize - Rs. 250,000

Merit awards - Rs. 50,000 (7 prizes each at this value)

Introducing the TOP 16 contestants of Ecovation Awards 2021. They will go on to compete in the finale where the top 3 winners among them will be chosen