Two months ago, Startup Sri Lanka launched an initiative called Disrupt 2.0. The goal of this initiative was simple, to help startups become more successful. To do so, Startup Sri Lanka identified promising startups and helped them connect with powerful mentors that’ll help them reach the next level. To say the original Disrupt 2.0 bootcamp was a success would be an understatement as we saw a full house at Trace City.
Following this success, Startup Sri Lanka made the decision to make Disrupt 2.0 a bi-monthly bootcamp for startups. With that in mind, the second iteration of Disrupt 2.0 was held on the 11th of February, with the theme, “Growth Hacking for Startups”. This time, Startup Sri Lanka has decided to do things a bit differently. The first Disrupt 2.0 was open to anyone and everyone, with the exception of the startup boot camp. This time, the event as a whole was only open to 25 startups that met a few requirements. These requirements were that the startups had been in business for a minimum of 2 years and had built a minimum viable product.
On the 11th of February, the startups were all gathered inside the Calcey office at Trace Expert City. The bootcamp began with Dilendra Wimalasekere – VP Marketing at WSO2 taking the stage. He introduced the concept of growth hacking to us. In case you’re lost, growth hacking is all about helping your startup grow by selling your product and gaining exposure.Growth hacking usually involves the use of techniques such as search engine optimization, website analytics, content marketing and A/B testing. Dilendra gave us clear examples of how successful it is by sharing the growth hacking success stories of WSO2, Takas and 24/7 Techies.
Following Dilendra’s presentation, we saw an active panel discussion on various aspects of growth hacking. Moderated by Mangala Karunaratne – CEO of Calcey, the panel consisted of Jeevan Gnanam – CEO of Orion City, Chandika Jayasundara – CEO of Cinergix, Bhanuka Harischandra – CEO of Surge Solutions and Dilendra. The tweets below are some of the best lessons we took away from the panel.
— Startup Sri Lanka (@StartupSriLanka) February 11, 2016
— ReadMe Live (@ReadMeLive) February 11, 2016
— ReadMe Live (@ReadMeLive) February 11, 2016
With the end of the panel discussion, the new Disrupt 2.0 came to an end. While it’s now smaller in scale, the inspiration and the quality of helpful advice Disrupt 2.0 has to offer is still the same. With the reduction in size, it’s now able to focus on the entrepreneurs, already fighting a tough battle and helping them succeed. One could say it’s now more effective. So mark your calendars because Disrupt 2.0 will be back in 2 months and keep an eye on Startup Sri Lanka’s Facebook page.
An introduction to “Colombo White
The global economy is seeing
The global economy is seeing a disruptive force changing its landscape in a much bigger way than the blue chip; the tech startups of the world. Over the past three years, Sri Lanka has seen an immense growth in its Startup ecosystem. Disrupt Asia will be the first of its kind event held in the country in which the startup ecosystem of Sri Lanka will gather in one gracious occasion. This includes investors, mentors, Government agencies, media and of course the startups.
Follow the event on Facebook : Disrupt Asia 2016
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 8:00 pm SLST
Change is a constant process
Change is a constant process that affects us as a society and as an individual. It can cut across different fields and disciplines, impacting human lives in multiple areas. Sri Lanka has seen an increased development in infrastructure, connecting diverse people from across the island.
Simultaneously, there is a boom in different industries with startups and small industries mushrooming across the country. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to engage with this phenomena of change in everyday life.
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Speakers for 2016
(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm SLST
"Giving youth a toolkit to
“Giving youth a toolkit to develop their own social ventures & empowering them to build their own future”
Startup Sri-Lanka in Collaboration with MiddyFund a Non-Proﬁt that teaches middle-school students to use design thinking and entrepreneurial skills to ﬁnd innovative solutions to problems they face as individuals or as a community. They learn to design, develop, pitch, and fundraise for their own projects. It takes them through the steps of achieving their goals through innovation and entrepreneurship
Program Synopsis: A 2 day workshop that will help develop your child’s mindset & skills
Program Format: Students get into groups to solve problems by coming up with solutions that they build from scratch and implement which has a social impact.
Program Facilitator: Savera Weerasinghe co-founded MiddyFund Inc. in 2014 in her senior year at NYU. Her minor in Social Entrepreneurship introduced her to Design What if, as kids, we learned to look at problems as solvable puzzles? She is passionate about environmental sustainability and believes social entrepreneurship can solve some of the biggest environmental and social issues.
When: 26 th & 27 th August (Friday & Saturday)
Where: Calcey Technologies, Trace Expert City Bay # 08 Mardana Road
Duration: 9:00am – 3:00pm (Lunch & Refreshments provided)
Cost per participant: 11,500 Net (inclusive of VAT )
Ages: 9-15 years
What will my kid accomplish/ learn through the program:
For more info please visit www.middyfund.com
To register your child for the program please fill up the form via- http://goo.gl/forms/MaDkb9npbzWu28U53
Please Note: Payments need to be made prior to the event to register your child.
Payments can be made to Bank & Branch: NDB Head office branch
A/C Name: SLASSCOM | A/C Number: 101000053822
Cheque should be drawn in favor of SLASSCOM and crossed account payee only.
For Inquiries please email [email protected] or call 011-406222 – 4.
Registration Close on the 15th August 2016
26 (Friday) 9:00 am - 27 (Saturday) 3:00 pm SLST
Calcey Technologies - Trace Expert City
Bay 08, TRACE Expert City, Maradana Rd, Colombo
SLASSCOMContact No: +94 114 062223-7
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