If Sri Lanka is to become a global leader in technology and entrepreneurship, it needs to foster innovative teaching and mentoring of the next generation of entrepreneurs. Global Startup Labs is a programme by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that promotes economic development in emerging regions by cultivating this new generation. This is the third year that GSL is running a demanding seven week incubator programme at the University of Moratuwa, where 5 teams of students are building real mobile software start-ups from the ground up.
The success of the program comes from providing students teams with expert local mentorship from successful local entrepreneurs and prominent investors. Each year the teams are paired with two mentors from the industry, who provide support, through partnership and constructive criticism for the duration of the program. This year’s mentors include Lankan Angels Mafaz Ishaq (Director, Calamander Capital), Ruwindhu Peiris (Director, Stax), Sanath Fernando (CEO Ridgecreast), Arj Wignaraj (Stax Colombo office founder), and Lasith Lansakara (Engagement Manager, Stax Labs). The remaining mentors include Jeevan Gnanam (CEO and founder Orion City), Harsha Purasinghe (CEO and founder Microimage), Chandika Jayasundara (CEO and founder Cinergix), Isura Silva (Manager Sarvodaya-Fusion) and Madu Ratnayake (Vice President of Virtusa).
On July 4th, GSL hosted Mentor Day, where the mentors in attendance got a chance to meet each of the teams in a speed-dating style setup. Each mentor got 15 minutes with a team to give feedback and suggestions for improvement on their business proposals before the buzzer sounded indicating a change of seats. Afterwards, mentors and teams were matched based on mutual preferences.
Stax is a successful global strategy consulting firm and has long supported GSL Sri Lanka. Next week, students gain experience pitching their companies to Stax Consultants and potential investors at the second annual Stax Day.
GSL has also partnered with SLASSCOM, which will provide one year membership and mentorship by their member companies to the top 3 GSL 2013 teams.
The teams, now with mentor guidance, have four weeks to finish building and polish their products for release at the end of July.
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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening
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14 (Friday) 5:00 pm - 16 (Sunday) 8:00 pm
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Startup Weekend University Edition at the University of Rajarata will be unleashing the entrepreneurial skills in the students over the course of 54 hours!!
14 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 16 (Sunday) 6:00 pm
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start.
Venture Frontier Lanka is bringing experts in entrepreneurship from around the country to cities throughout Sri Lanka to train local entrepreneurs to think differently about the ventures they will start. A caravan stop consists of different sessions about creating unique ideas for startup ventures and strategies for financing those ideas.
Come join the sessions on the 19th of December, starting with 2 pm at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.
The event is free of charge! REGISTRATION is mandatory for this event
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SLIIT, New Kandy Road, Malabe
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount Likuid Members: 20% discount Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity
Early Bird till the 16th of Dec: 20% discount
Likuid Members: 20% discount
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): 50% discount
Join for a one day workshop where we unchain the collective wisdom and creativity to help each other having a more productive digital nomad new year and build better cooperations for teamwork.
During this peer to peer learning session you can share your experiences to help others and learn from other practitioners. Together, dive into the most painful problems and brainstorm on solutions. It’s for you if you resonate with some of these questions:
How do I integrate work, life and travel?
How do I keep motivated to achieve?
How do I keep engaged with a client?
How do I manage my time and energy?
How do I get clients?
How do I find people to collaborate with?
How to deal with time differences?
How can I make human interactions with slack profiles?
How to set realistic goals in constantly changing environment?
What are the best tools & methods for productivity?
What’s the secret of aligned teams?
What are the best skills for a digital nomad?
ABOUT THE METHOD:
“We create space for meaningful conversations, experimental and peer to peer learning. Nothing frontal, no preaching. But space for your very unique questions.”
+ Full-day mentored learning program
+ Breakfast on the roof
+ BBQ lunch on the roof
+ Goodie bags & Take-home handbooks
+ Post-event networking
ABOUT THE HOST:
Kitti is a digital nomad herself and a marketing consultant for innovative companies and early stage startups. She is a conversation ambassador for tedxdanubia, hosted meaningful conversations on ideas worth spreading. In the past years she worked in self organized teams, practiced facilitation, joined peer to peer networks, decentralized teams and cocreated a collective of freelancers. She is a cofounder of a sustainability startup that just secured its first round of investment. Worked as a mentor for many startups, and in the meantime she visited more than 15 countries.
Are you a Sri Lankan female entrepreneur or a local social business? Reach out for your discounted tickets!
PRICE IN SRI LANKAN RUPEES:
Regular: LKR 5000
Early Bird till 16th of Dec: LKR 4000
Likuid Members: LKR 4000
Female/Social Entrepreneurs (Locals Only): LKR 2500
(Saturday) 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
5 Charles Place 00300 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup. He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain
Karthik ( Associate Director, DTCC & Co-organiser of Hyperledger Chennai Meetup) will be here for the 2nd Hyperledger meetup.
He will share his experience with Hyperledger and Business application of Blockchain technologies.
1. Work with Hyperledger Fabric and Explorer.
2. Business use case with Hyperledger Blockchain Framework
3. Q&A session
This is a Free session. Register here
(Friday) 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Startup X Foundry
07, Charles Place, Colombo 03, Colombo
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