Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo Global Women 2019

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019


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Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo Global Women 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019



Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 3:00 pm

Sujatha Viyalaya Auditorium

High Level road
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

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Empowering Women!!

The first ever TechStars Startup Weekend Global Women's Sri Lanka is happening in Colombo, Sri Lanka in September 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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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 20th


3:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


3:30 pm
Ice Breaker
Ice breaking session for students to get comfortable before commencing the session


4:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


4:10 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


5:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


5:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


6:30 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


7:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


8:30 pm
Continue Work
You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 21st


6:00 am
Morning Workout
At the Belanwilla Jogging Tracks


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Introduction to Business Lean Canvas


10:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


1:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


3:00 pm
Guest Speaker


3:40 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


7:00 pm
Dinner


8:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


9:30 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


9:45 pm
Bonfire Night

Sunday September 22nd


7:00 am
Outdoor Activities
School Ground


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:30 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
Guest Speaker


4:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


6:30 pm
Wrap-Up


7:00 pm
Dinner


8:00 pm
DJ Night



Speakers


Tharindu Dassanayake
Founder/CEO, SquareMobile

Tharindu is the Founder/CEO of ShoutOUT Labs, a Sri Lankan telecoms startup. He is also a Director of Founder Institute in Sri Lanka. Tharindu has participated in international startup events including 4YFN and InnovFest Unbound. He has also been a mentor/speaker for different startup events and hackathons in Sri Lanka. 


Chathura Sooriyarachchi

  A strong believer that individuals can be trained to be creative by engaging in training & coaching in the disciplines of Creativity, Design Thinking, Personality building & Communication. Chathura shapes her vision into reality through Sopwin by empowering professionals to become better & unique thinkers, decision makers, innovators, communicators and leaders in personality and practice through Creativity Training.

Event Judges


Ahamed Nishadh
Tech for Development Lead Associate at UNDP, Startups, Social Innovations and Tech Enthusiast

Self Motivated, Passionate about technology, startups, innovations, programming and volunteering, Love to learn almost anything related to computing except mathematics. Love to travel. Amateur wild life and nature photographer using smart phone cameras. 


Nishshanka De Silva
Founder Workforce.lk & IT Consultant for Digital Force

Nish blazed into the digital marketing scene back in 2014 with the creation of Digital Force, which is a Digital marketing agency specialising within the digital space for clients all over the world. Digital Force provides a wide range of services including Web Development, UI/UX, Lead Generation, Graphic Design, SEO, Email Marketing, E-Commerce, Social Media Management, Social Media Marketing, Content Writing and Community Development.With a burning passion on localized Service marketplace Nish co-founded Workforce.lk, a sophisticated marketplace exclusive for services, allowing people to outsource chores and errands to people in their local neighbourhood community.Nish holds a Business Management MBA from University of Colombo and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Peradeniya. He is a former Engineer-Technology of Virtusa and CAMMS and has 15+ combined years of experience in the Management and technology arenas. He provides specialized services in IT consulting, Project Management and Team Management.



Maduranga Ginigaddara
Chief Financial Officer

  


Janeandra Jayawardana
Academic Affairs and Operations Director

Currently works as the Academic Affairs and Operations Director and also as a Senior Lecturer at AMDT


Kamal Liyanage
Business Consultant

Previously experienced in the field of Academics , he now acts as Business Consultant.


Coaches and Mentors


Dinesh Karunathilaka
Chief Operating Officer

He is the Chief Operating Officer of PayMedia, a leading fin-tech startup in Sri Lanka and he is a co-founder of the mobile payment platform company, DirectPay. Sound background in Linux platform with experience of installing, configuring and troubleshooting with different Linux variants (Red Hat Enterprise in Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Fedora and Ubuntu). In addition, knowledge and experience in virtualization and data replication technologies. Interested in Linux and Cloud technologies as well as contributing to the Open Source world.


Charindra Wijemanne
Co-Founder/ Tech lead

Charindra is one of the Co-Founders of Maturify and is also the Tech Lead at 99x Technology


Anuranie Hettiarachchi
Software Engineer

She is a Software Engineer at 99X Technology  and a Full Stack developer at Maturify, a product that helps companies evaluate their product engineering.


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.


Vemani Kaushalya
Project Assistant

 


Tharindu Dassanayake
Founder/CEO, SquareMobile

Tharindu is the Founder/CEO of ShoutOUT Labs, a Sri Lankan telecoms startup. He is also a Director of Founder Institute in Sri Lanka. Tharindu has participated in international startup events including 4YFN and InnovFest Unbound. He has also been a mentor/speaker for different startup events and hackathons in Sri Lanka. 


Amra Iuoop
Edupreneur

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!


Maithree Malwattegoda
General Manager at Sarvodaya-Fusion

Maithree is a talented professional with a proven track record of employment over 13 years in Management, Marketing and Business development sectors and she is Leading the organization with her notable work history at a number of well-established organizations such as Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Reconstruction & Development Agency (RADA) at the President Secretariat and as well as over 10 years at Sarvodaya Fusion. She is well equipped to handle the position.


Aqilah Abdeen
Analyst | International Development Assistance | Consulting

Currenly works at PwC which is a global network of firms delivering world-class assurance, tax, and consulting services.


Choshini Perera



Nithushan Uthayakumar
Co-Founder & COO at BLUELOTUS 360

Nithushan co-founded Good Seats, a non-profit start-up, which came third in Google Hackathon London. He also got the attention of Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson through Pitch to Rich Program, while he was a 3rd year undergraduate student in the UK. After moving to Sri Lanka, he co- founded yet another start-up called BLUELOTUS 360 which offers a one stop hub for all the ERP needs of Construction and Manufacturing companies


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Colombo is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Gihan
    Shaffi
  • Savumi
    Wadduwage
  • Mariya
    Kaed
  • Neranjala
    Udayangani
  • Maduranga
    Ginigaddara
  • Dinesh
    Karunathilaka
  • Chathumadhuri
    Ratnayake
  • Isuri
    Wijesena

Facilitators


Anagi Perera
Co Founder - Park & Pay

Student of University of Northampton


Kanishka Weeramunda
Founder, PayMedia

Kanishka started his first company at age 19, and second venture at age 24. Professional career includes being Head of IT at a subsidiary of Landmark Group, Dubai and CIO of Laugfs Holdings. Eventually he ventured into his own businesses. His recent startup "PayMedia" won the Gold award as the National Best Software Quality awards 2015 for running a company with 3 employers supporting 3 large local banks, 2 Finance Institutes and 180 telecommunication companies globally. He was the Most Valuable ICT entrepreneur of the year in 2015.


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