If you’re a regular follower of the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem, then the name Startup Weekend is one you’re likely familiar with by now. But in case you’re lost, Techstars Startup Weekend is a global event. It’s where participants work towards forming teams and building a startup over a single weekend. It first came to Sri Lanka in 2016 and since then has gone all across the country. And now it’s returning to Colombo with Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo 2018.
What to expect at Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo 2018
This isn’t the first time Techstars Startup Weekend has taken place in Colombo. In 2016 we saw the second Techstars Startups Weekend in Sri Lanka take place in Colombo inside Trace Expert City. Over the course of 56 hours, we saw the teams give birth to 15 startups.
So what can we expect from this year’s edition? Pretty much the tried and tested formula that’s worked over the years. On the first day, you’ll see a series of activities to get know the other participants, make friends, and form teams. Afterward, on the second day, you and your team would work with a bunch of mentors to turn a startup idea into reality. Finally, on the third day, you perfect your startup idea and pitch it to a panel of judges.
Additionally, Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo 2018 will also feature a few speakers. These speakers are experienced entrepreneurs aiming to share their lessons with the participants. The mentors that the participants will work with over the weekend are also experienced entrepreneurs. You can find the full list of speakers and also the list of experienced mentors by clicking here.
So how can I be a part of this?
Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo 2018 will take place between the 4th and 6th of May 2018. It will be held inside the Dialog Axiata Auditorium. Registrations for the event are still open. If you wish to register then you’ll have to click here and fill out this Google Form. Afterward, you’ll be asked to pay a registration fee of Rs. 3000.
So if you’re someone with a startup idea, register now because a Techstars Startup Weekend is a great place to make it a reality.