What’s Going On In The Sri Lankan Startup Ecosystem? (September 2019)

As we enter step into September, here is a list of startup events that are slated to take place. 

HackX 2019 Business Workshop

Date: 7 September 2019
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/470598077005535/

hackX 2019 is the fourth successive chapter of one of Sri Lanka’s most successful inter-university hackathons. This year, hackX has reinvented itself as an innovative startup challenge.

How To Become An Entrepreneur

Date: 7 September 2019
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/510116266429663/

This workshop, which will be conducted on the sidelines of the EDEX exhibition, will focus on passion towards entrepreneurship, failing fast, and investing in your future. The workshop will be conducted by Kanishka Weeramunda, Founder and CEO of PayMedia (Pvt) Ltd and Co-Founder and Director of DirectPay (Pvt) Ltd.

Entrepreneur Runway

Date: 8 September 2019
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/330633384545359/

This program is aimed at providing budding entrepreneurs with a pathway to achieve their dreams. 

Startups For IT Students & Graduates

Date: 10 August 2019
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/2343241095915093/

Starting a new venture is a serious undertaking with a great deal of risk and sacrifice. You may have an idea that can change the world or improve an existing process you are familiar with. You may have a technological breakthrough and want to capitalize on it (perhaps, by founding a startup). You may have a passion and want to learn about entrepreneurship while looking for a good idea, technology, and/or a partner. Starting a new venture is a serious undertaking and requires a great deal of risk and sacrifice. 

The workshop will provide you with a scientific and practical end-to-end framework. If you must fail, better to fail in the first 3 months than put in 3 years of time. This masterclass offers for entrepreneurs a semi-scientific, real-world approach to building a business by using validation, finding a profitable business model and creating a growth engine. 

ImagineIF 2019 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp @ Kelaniya University

Date: 11 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1180288805507728/

Judges evaluating a pitch / Credits: ICTA Sri Lanka

ImagineIF is an ICTA initiative implemented in collaboration with the IT industry. The programme is a 3-day boot camp on entrepreneurship specifically targeting the university students who desire to transform their big ideas into successful businesses.

Rush Coder V 2.0

Date: 21 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/490331761715933/

Rush Coder v2.0 is the second successive chapter of the inner university hackathon series organized by the University of Ruhuna. To be held over 24 hours, this competition will test teamwork, creativity and determination of participating coders. 

Entrepreneurship – A Way of Excellence

Date: 27 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/490331761715933/

You may be someone with an empty pocket and a big dream. If you dream of setting sail on a journey towards becoming a successful entrepreneur, then this workshop may be of some help. Some of the topics that will be discussed are developing an entrepreneur mindset, how to use positive psychology and NLP for your benefit, business models and business model canvas, success in all areas of life, how to write a business plan, fundamentals of becoming a successful entrepreneur and more.

That’s all we have for the moment. Do check back regularly for updates!

UPDATE 17.09.2019

19th Educational Meeting of Startup Colombo Toastmasters Club

Date: 17 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/685094745308852/

The Startup Toastmasters is a club for fun-loving, enthusiastic risk takers who enjoy the thrill of following their passion. They are a community of individuals from the startup and corporate world who have come together to help develop each other as leaders and speakers.

How to Start an E-commerce Business – A Beginner’s Workshop

Date: 17 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/466975660821405/

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn how to start and run your own e-commerce business in Sri Lanka. It doesn’t matter what you do or how old you are. As long as you want to start an online business and run it on your own, this workshop is for you. If you’re currently employed and thinking of starting an e-commerce business as a side-hustle, you’re welcome too. (You don’t need any technical skills such as coding and building websites)

Wednesday Webinar – Going from Idea to Launch

Date: 18 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/2147126105336508/

Sajani Amarasiri is a growth-focused strategic thinker with entrepreneurial passions and experience in sales and operations planning in the high tech industry. At this workshop, Sajani will talk about how to go from idea to launch successfully.

The Soul Of A Startup

Date: 19 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/484248162357641/

What is the soul of a startup? The vision & the passion comes from within… But how can a startup grow and thrive? Join an engaging roadshow at Likuid brought to you by the HR Consortium to find out.

Digital Marketing Basics for Entrepreneurs – A Beginner Workshop

Date: 24 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/390679784966696/

Digital Marketing Basics for Entrepreneurs is a hands-on workshop that takes you from basics to creating a practical Digital Marketing strategy for your business (or brand). By the time you finish, you will have a road map that will clear all your doubts and worries about marketing your product (or service) digitally in Sri Lanka.

Product Design: Accelerating the Innovation

Date: 25 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/366486607353947/

We are in an era of rapid innovation and evolving demand. To stay competitive in the market, organizations need to employ innovation in their product design landscape. Usability and user experience will help to identify the right direction and help segment the market while addressing the challenges. This meetup includes two tech talks and a panel discussion around how Sri Lankan organization can accelerate their innovative product design aspects.

HackX Junior 2k19

Date: 27 September 2019
Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/907579956265556/

HackX Jr is one of the first islandwide inter-school hackathon which provides a platform for school students to transform their ideas into reality. It promotes school students to build technology-based solutions to problems they see in the society.

Participants are enabled the opportunity to develop their soft skills and find inspiration to their creativity as well as problem-solving capabilities through this competition. It paves the path for schoolchildren to be introduced to the IT pathway, create interest and eventually assess the possibilities as well as benefits of IT – based entrepreneurship. It also provides a platform for industries to address the schoolchildren, evaluate their potential and benefit from their unbiased and open-minded solutions.

Cover image credits: ICTA Sri Lanka

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