It was the last tuesday of September, and that usually means one thing. Spike Meetup was happening. Last time we made our way to Barefoot Cafe, Tony Weersinghe was in the spotlight. This time, we had Mohammed Fawas from Global Tutor and the PAYable team share their entrepreneurial journeys.
Its been a few months since the passing of PAYable’s Co-Founder, Sujith Subasinghe. At the September edition of the Spike meetup, the PAYable team took stage to share their stories about Sujith. In case you didn’t know already, PAYable is a startup that’s involved with cashless payments and is now worth a billion rupees.
Starting off, Yohan Wijesiriwardane and the PAYable team talked about why one needs to be close with your customers when you’re a startup. They explained how even Sujith, being the company CEO took customer service so seriously. From the odd Facebook query to regular customer inquiries, its always important to communicate with your audience. Sometimes, the ability to engage and keep the customer hooked goes a long way from a company perspective.
Talking about Sujith and the company as a whole, Yohan and his team had a couple of tips to share with the startups and its founders. The first was that one should always put one’s startup ahead of everything. Its often easy to take decisions that go with the founders/co-founders or investors.
Putting yourself first and your startup second would only mean that your startup will go away along with you. The team also emphasized on the importance of hiring people who are far better than you. Having a talented and skilled team always helps in ensuring you’ve got the right people who embodies your vision.
Next up was another interesting story. This was Mohammed Fawaz’s entrepreneur journey with Global Tutor. During the early 2000’s, Fawaz had come to Colombo in search of a job. He first started off as a call center executive. However, his start as a call center executive wasn’t all that great.
His manager insisted on him improving his communication skills. To put things into context, one time Fawaz was paid for 2 days to watch How I Met Your Mother. Why? So that he could improve his vocabulary as well as hone his skills. If only I was paid to watch my favorite TV series.
Later on, Fawaz wanted to start his own company. He decided to register one under the name FWS. Fawaz wanted to know whether live online tutoring is something that would work. He made it a habit to visit schools to distribute leaflets to school kids and their parents. This was until someone questioned him how he could talk about education to schools whereas Fawaz himself wasn’t qualified.
So he got back to pursuing his own higher education. Of course, things didn’t actually stop here. In fact, Fawaz went on to pitch for investors. This didn’t really work out so well. Not at first anyway. But nevertheless, things were still going for FWS, with a few students signing up for online tutoring.
In 2013, FWS was renamed to Global Tutor. By now the company had its first investor on board. He gave 12 months to make the company work. But even as the 12 months went by, nothing really worked out for Global Tutor. The investor had told Fawaz that it was high time to decide on the future of the company. Things looked downhill for the moment. But then Fawaz met Kanishka Weeramunda from PayMedia. With his support things started taking a positive turn for Global Tutor.
Fawaz went on to talk about the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) and his involvement with the initiative. Before concluding his session, he touched on how GSEA entering Sri Lanka not only helped the startup ecosystem, but also helped his own journey with ‘Global Tutor as well. That ended the 2 sessions for the evening. Following up, was the Q&A session from the audience. Here, we saw quite a few curious hands go up for both Fawaz as well as the PAYable team.
After quite an interactive session of questions from the audience, the September edition of Spike finally came to a close. Until next time.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee