Whats Going On In The Sri Lankan Startup Ecosystem? (February 2019)

The second edition of our startup community events bulletin comes packed with a roster of events, and the events themselves are quite diverse, which is a good thing. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.

Fueling Growth Through Capital Markets

Date: 7 February 2019

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/2469175916431022/?active_tab=about

Startup Sri Lanka

The Colombo Stock Exchange recently launched a new platform, “Empower”, through which it aims to make it easier for young firms to raise funds through an IPO or Initial Public Offering. If you want to know how this platform works and what its intricacies are, then this event is for you.

Startup Weekend Women’s Edition – Colombo

Date: 8 February 2019 – 10 February 2019

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/355830808576341/

Startup Weekend Sri Lanka

Startup Weekend is all about promoting technology entrepreneurship, and this year, the focus is on female entrepreneurs. Over the course of 54 hours, attendees will have the chance to experience first hand the heady rush, excitement, and trials of trying to get a startup going. They will also get to meet mentors, investors and other co-founders.

Future Women Forum ‘19

Date: 14 February 2019

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/361315264449988/


We’re all aware of the unique challenges women sometimes face while trying to climb up the career ladder. There can also be situations where societal pressures dissuade women from aiming for leadership positions. The purpose of this event is to create a platform for women to support other women and also encourage women to aim for the top, and settle for nothing less.

Venture Engine Startup Exhibition

Date: 21 February 2019

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/venturengine/photos/a.242305722523833/2028890617198659/?type=3&theater

Venture Engine

Sri Lanka’s premier startup exhibition and competition is back! As usual, startups will get to pitch and meet a large number of investors and business partners. However, this year there’s a twist. The team behind Venture Engine told us that a group of investors from Temasek and Accel Partners will also be here.

Talk The Walks: Branding With Linda And Kasturi

Date: 15 February 2019

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/536356663529767/

Talk the Walks

Linda Speldewinde and Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson will be hosted by Anura De Alwis at the Noteworthy Cafe, where they will talk about their careers and provide their insights into the art and science of branding.

Open AgroHack ‘19

Date: 22 February 2019 – 23 February 2019

Event URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/282618305755565/

Industrial Liaison Centre – OUSL and IEEE Student Branch of The Open University of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector is ripe for disruption. Despite a third of the country’s labour force being employed in the industry, the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP is only 7%, which means that efficiency is..um..pretty low. Which is why a dose of innovation would be most welcome, and the Open AgroHack aims to do just that. Organized by the Open University of Sri Lanka, University College of Anuradhapura and Nations Trust Bank’s Kaffeine Labs, this event is a place for aspiring disruptors in the Agriculture industry to show off their talents through a 24 hour hackathon.

And that’s all for February. We’ll be back next month with our next update!

Cover Image Credits: Techstars Startup Weekend Negombo

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