Startup Weekend Women's Edition-Colombo

    Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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Startup Weekend Women's Edition-Colombo

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Dialog Axiata Auditorium Colombo
Union Place
Colombo , 00200

Empowering Women!!

The first ever TechStars Startup Weekend Sri Lanka - Women’s Edition happening in Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 2019. Startup Weekend is a worldwide event which promotes tech entrepreneurship among the young community. The participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up a life at a start-up and they will meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders who are ready to help the startups to take off the ground and amazingly all these happens with in just 54 hours. 

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Friday February 8th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Senela Jayasuriya
CEO | Global speaker & Advisory Council - WEF | Advisory Council - WWLC | President - AWLF | GGA | Leadership trainer & coach

Awarded global speaker, business leader & leadership development coach. High-performance motivational trainer specialized in growth acceleration and conscious goal setting. Senela is the Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global (, which offers a dedicated career and business accelerator platform for women in business, women pursuing STEAM careers, and female professionals in industry, SME and trade.

She is an Advisory Executive Council Member & Session lead speaker at the Global Women Economic Forum 2018. Appointed as International Committee Member for Marketing, PR & Communications (2014/16 biennium) Zonta International ( affiliated with the United Nations. District Liaison for 7 Countries (AUS, SGP, PHL, THL, BNG, IND, SL). Under District 25, Board Director of Zonta Club II of Colombo (2014/16 biennium). Chairperson Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship & awards 2016. Co-Chair of Jane M. Klausmen Women in Business scholarship and awards 2015. An honorary life member at ALL Ladies League International Women’s Chamber. Senela is also a life member of The GSEW in New York and received special commendation for her engaging work in empowering entrepreneurs and corporate executives to develop leadership presence and achieve peak performance.

She was the Country Manager for Sri Lanka & Head of Marketing - International (US, AUS, UAE, UK), for a reputed British firm headquartered in Hertfordshire, UK. Senela was also employed in a top Fortune 500 company with HQ in San Ramon (Cali., USA) involved in Brand Development, MarCom, PR, Stakeholder Management & CSR. 

Senela is an acclaimed corporate trainer & management coach commended for her unique and engaging style of delivery and works with Fortune 500 companies on communication, leadership development, employee engagement, productivity and team performance. Her expertise are in Business, corporate planning, communication, strategic management, marketing and branding.

Kasturi Wilson
Managing Director - Hemas Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd. / Hemas Logistics and Maritime Cluster

She is the Managing Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals and Hemas Logistics and Maritime Sector of Hemas Holdings PLC. Wilson has an unparalleled track record of growing and transforming businesses, as evidenced from her time at Hemas Holdings. Having joined the group in 2002 as Finance Director of Hemtours (presently, Diethelm Travels), she was appointed as Head of Vishwa BPO, Hemas’s shared service unit, in 2005.  During her two-year stint there, she built a highly motivated business support team which streamlined transaction processing and SBU reporting across the group. From there, she went on to roles as Chief Process Officer of Hemas Holdings and as Managing Director of the Group’s transportation sector, and since April 2016 she has been the Managing Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals, along with her role as Managing Director of Hemas Logistics and Maritime. 
She is also 
 also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and a member of the sub-committee on Economic, Fiscal and Policy Planning of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Event Judges

Achala Samaradiwakara
Co-Founder Good Market


Brindha Selvadurai
Director of Hatch


Sachindra Samararatne
Program Manager - Industry Development, ICTA

Sachindra Samararatne joined the industry development program of ICTA in 2010. He is currently the Program Manager of the Industry Development Program of ICTA which overlooks programs such as country branding, business promotions, national startup initiatives, industry knowledge enhancement programs and career guidance programs. He has a Master’s in Business Administration, Bachelors in Information Technology and a Bachelors in Business Administration. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. His areas of expertise are Country Branding and Career Guidance. Sachindra also serves on the board of a Christian non-profit organization and on the board of his family owned business.

Gowri Rajan
Director at Sun Match

 A respected business personality from hill country of Sri Lanka. Group Executive Director/CMO of Sun and Asoka Group of Companies, market leader in the safety matches industry has today become a diversified conglomerate in the business of bottled drinking water, printing, hauliers and education. 
Academically a graduate from the University of Bangalore, read for the MBA from the University of Peradeniya and currently a Doctorate candidate in Business Administration
  Gowri serves in the Council of Institute of Management Sri Lanka, a committee member of the USAID private sector partnership of Business Advisory group and also serves in the board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Central Region.

Dr. Sulochana Segara
Founder/Chairperson Women in Management Sri Lanka, Maldives & Canada

 One of Sri Lanka’s top social entrepreneur, Trainer and Motivational speaker with over 24 years of experience. Dr Segera is the Chairperson of the global brand Women In Management( WIM). Some of the key brands under WIM are the ‘ Professional Career Woman Awards’ and the ‘ WIM Single Mother’ projects.

Mangala Karunaratne
Founder & CEO - Calcey Technologies

Mangala entered the software industry as an engineer in the Silicon Valley during the heady days of the boom and then held various Internet engineering and management roles at Fortune 100 technology companies and dot-coms. Mangala returned to his homeland – Sri Lanka, to set up Calcey Technologies – a company delivering bespoke digital product engineering solutions to US and European clients, employing over 90 engineers today. Staying true to his roots Mangala is a serial entrepreneur and investor and a supporter of the Sri Lankan startup eco-system. Aside from his position as CEO of Calcey, Mangala serves as the Co-Chairman of FARO (Foundation for Advancing Rural Opportunity); a nonprofit organization, which actively assists rural youth in Sri Lanka to find sustainable employment in the outsourcing industry.

Priyaa Shanker


Coaches and Mentors

Amra Iuoop

A thriving edupreneur with visions of disrupting the Education Industry in Sri Lanka, by driving a 21st century design thinking in teaching strategies, and physical classroom settings. A daring educator with acrazy attitude towards life!

Nevindaree Premarathne
Project Officer, ICTA

Nevindaree is a Project Officer of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka in the Industry Development Program. While primarily working on the Tech Startup Support Program designing and implementing programs for the betterment of the startup ecosystem in Sri Lanka, she also works on the All Children Coding program, the schools maker spaces program and the digital social entrepreneurship program. Formerly a tech lead at Informatics International, Nevindaree has a Bachelors in software engineering, an MBM from the University of Colombo and is also PMP certified. 

Mariya Kaed
Marketing Manager


Ahamed Nishadh
Project Manager, ICTA

Ahamed is a Project Manager of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka in the Industry Development Program and manages the technology startup support program since 2014. He has implemented a wide range of projects in support of the startup ecosystem in Sri Lanka and is also the co-founder of Disrupt Asia, Sri Lanka's premier startup conference and expo. He has a range of experience in working with startups on a variety of domains while running the Spiralation accelerator program of ICTA and is also involved in many startup initiatives in the country. Out of office, he is also part of the team that organizes TEDxColombo which is the oldest and largest TEDx event in Sri Lanka and also TEDxYouth@Colombo among many other volunteer programs.

Pasindu De Silva
Business Lead at Dialog Axiata PLC

I am an outgoing individual who is eager to explore and learn new things. As a fast
learner, I bring energy and enthusiasm to the team, with great interpersonal and
leadership skills. I value work ethic and have experience in working in a multi-cultural
Holds a BSc Special (Hons) Degree in Information Technology specializing in Information Technology. 
Professional experiences in Developer Relations, Developer Community Management, Project Management, Business Analysis, Innovations, Business Development, User Experience Design and Entrepreneurship. 
Currently focusing on developer relations and technological solutions at Dialog Axiata PLC. 
Being a GIS and OSM enthusiast, acted as the president of the FOSS Community of SLIIT.

Dheepika Bhasgaran
Business Analyst

Information Technology practitioner, having experience in leading cross-functional teams in the development, documentation and solutions delivery. She has worked across multiple domains namely Health Care, IoT, Business, and Government. She is passionate about doing things that are innovative and powerful and she had proved that she's an effective communicator with a natural ability to engage with large and diverse groups.

Sammani Kusaladharma
Executive at IdeaMart


Sajini Jayawardena
Innovation Consultant & Google Business Group Manager

Sajini specializes in devising Marketing and Innovation Strategies for local and international businesses, coaching startups and consulting to a variety of SMEs and large organizations on diversification and digital strategies. Alongside her work as a consultant, startup coach and community manager, she is also a basketball player, sketch artist and pianist. Sajini has an MSc in Strategic Marketing from Imperial College London and a BSc from the London School of Economics.

Mohammed Fawaz
CEO - Studyla / Global Tutor, GSEA Local Chair - Sri Lanka at Entrepreneurs' Organization

Fawaz is a Multi-faceted professional with 5 years of experience working in international business development environments (BPO, KPO, and Outsourcing Modules). He has immense industry experience in strategy and business development across consulting, Academics, and Business Analysis, as well as Innovation management.

Sharanyan Sharma
Founder at

Sharanyan Sharma is an award winning entrepreneur as well as the Founder of Extreme SEO Internet Solutions, 7Arena Technologies and He is an award winning Sri Lankan Entrepreneur and Enterprise Asia awarded him as one of the Emerging Young Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka. He is passionate about startups and building digital communities around the world. Sharanyan is the Local Community Leader for Startup Weekend Sri Lanka. Sharanyan is a Certified Digital marketing Trainer and Consultant by profession, Passionate about Web Analytics, Conversion rate optimization and advanced growth hacking strategies. He’s been cited by major publications like, and Not bad for a college dropout.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Anagi
  • Jaruza
  • Tamasha
  • Kanishka
  • Gihan


Anagi Perera
Co Founder - Park & Pay

Student of University of Northampton

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