It aims to help entrepreneurs across India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The South Asia Connect program was launched in February earlier this year. It’s funded by the U.S. Department of State and operated by the IC² Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. Since its inception, the program has been seeking entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, government officials, and stakeholders where it operates.
The goal of the South Asia Connect program is to create a network of entrepreneurial leaders, establish regional best practices. With these practices and it hopes the collaborative network would serve as a catalyst to help companies grow both regionally and globally. To achieve this goal, the program offers participating entrepreneurs access to new business opportunities, build market-fitted strategies, and connections to an international community.
Following the inception of the program, ten leaders of organizations promoting entrepreneurship attended the orientation program in New Delhi. The purpose of this orientation was to build regional cooperation and connecting regional networks, mentors, and venture opportunities.
Representing Sri Lanka among these leaders were Heminda Jayaweera – Cofounder of Venture Frontier Lanka and Vithushan Vijayaratnam – Director at Uki. They were selected as the country leaders for Sri Lanka for the South Asia Connect program. As such, they were trained extensively by the IC² Institute of the University of Texas at Austin since then.
Later, applications were called in May 2018 for the first cohort of entrepreneurs. From these applicants across the region, sixteen entrepreneurs were selected for an online training program by IC² Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. This training focused on technology, intellectual property, product fit and market fit.
Following this training program, the best entrepreneurs were selected for an extended 1-week training program at the American Center in New Delhi. The program hosted entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. At the conclusion of the training program, Anu Rakavan – Founder of Idea Factory from Sri Lanka was accepted into an accelerator program conducted by Nexus Startup Hub at the American Center, New Delhi.
Applications for the second cohort of the South Asia Connect program were called in September 2018. Sixteen teams were selected from the 80+ applications from Sri Lanka. These teams too went through the online training program. Of the 16 that were accepted, 4 Sri Lankan entrepreneurs were selected for the training program in New Delhi.
These Sri Lankan entrepreneurs are Kanushka Sanjaya Jayakody, Vithurshan Raveendran, Omali Sanjani, and Bavitha Sivaganeshamoorthy. Hopefully, we’ll hear that they too would be accepted into the Startup Nexus accelerator program. The application process for the third cohort of the South Asia Connect program will be opening in early 2019. If you’re interested in joining the program, click here.
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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