Dhanika Perera is an Award-winning Serial Entrepreneur & the Founder of Bhasha, Helakuru & PayHere. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Moratuwa & currently reading for Masters in Business Administration at University of Sri Jayawardanapura. He founded his first company Bhasha Lanka (Pvt) Ltd in 2011 as a Digital Technology company focussed on creating localized Consumer Digital Products for Sri Lankan Masses & second company PayHere (Pvt) Ltd in 2016 as a Financial Technology Company to break through the online payment barriers in Sri Lanka.
With a burning passion on localized software, he innovated a Sinhala Unicode rendering technology for Mobile devices as his University project & later commercialized it launching his first product "SETT Browser" as a solution to read Sinhala on Mobiles & then "Helakuru" as a solution to write Sinhala on Mobiles. He started Bhasha in his 3rd year at University with these innovations & later started PayHere with 5 years’ experience at Bhasha, venturing into one of his other passions on
FinTech. Helakuru Today empowers more than 5 million Sri Lankans to express their selves in Sinhala on Digital space & PayHere Today empowers thousands of Sri Lankan businesses to accept digital payments conveniently, accomplishing his personal vision to "Empower the Masses".
As an Engineer & Innovator he has been awarded the mBillionth South Asian Award in 2011 & later his companies have been awarded with 17 e-Swabhimani & NBQSA National Awards & another mBillionth South Asian Award throughout the past years for their digital products. As an Entrepreneur he has been recognized as the Emerging Entrepreneur in 2013 by the University of Moratuwa, as the Emerging ICT Leader of the Year in 2014 by the Computer Society of Sri Lanka & as The Most Innovative ICT Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by SLASSCOM for his dedication & passion towards Digital Innovations.