Techstars Startup Weekend Youth Colombo

    Friday, December 6 - 8, 2019


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Youth Colombo

Friday, December 6 - 8, 2019



Friday, December 6 - 8, 2019
Event starts at 1:00 pm

Asia Pacific Institute Of Information Technology (APIIT)
No. 388 Union Place
Colombo, Sri Lanka 00200

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!
Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience:
  • Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! Tickets are free and the event is open to any university student or young person interested in entrepreneurship.

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at colomboyouth@startupweekend.org

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday December 6th


1:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


1:15 pm
Networking
Share ideas, practice pitches and get to know fellow participants


1:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers and community leaders


2:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


3:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


3:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


4:00 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


6:00 pm
Wrap Up!

Saturday December 7th


9:00 am
Begin Work
Find a place to work and get started!


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Check-In
Check-in, status reports, call for help


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday December 8th


9:00 am
Begin Work
Find a place to work and get started!


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Judging & Awards


7:00 pm
Wrap Up! Go Home!



Speakers


Anjana Somathilake
Founder at Nuclei Technologies & CTO at InsureMe.lk

Anjana has over 15 years of experience in designing and developing software for multinational organizations
in the USA, Netherlands and UK and possesses a proven track record of working with large global teams to deliver scalable enterprise solutions. Previously, he was Vice President- Engineering at Sysco Labs,  Head of Engineering at CyberLMJ and Software Architect at Virtusa. Anjana has a BSc in Computing and Information Systems from the University of London, an MSc in IT from SLIIT, and also holds a PG Dip. in Business Psychology from Herriot Watt University.



Sharanyan Sharma
Founder at Extreme-Seo.net

Sharanyan Sharma is an award winning entrepreneur as well as the Founder of Extreme SEO Internet Solutions, 7Arena Technologies and Privilegeserver.com. 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 Inc.com, Yourstory.com and readme.lk. Not bad for a college dropout.


Yasisurie Kiribandara
Head Designer/Founder, Yasisurie Pvt Ltd

From launching her initial collection at CFW 2014, winning the Gen Next award, representing her country at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at Stanford (USA) amidst top global entrepreneurs, attending a regional seminar and sharing her journey, and being featured in the international and local press, Yasisurie has accumulated a wealth of experiences. Following her passion for fashion, design and helping people, she also trains ladies from lower income groups in special sewing techniques. Being an entrepreneur is something she encourages as it gives you the ability to spread your light. She is looking forward to encouraging anyone daring to walk this path.


Yusra Aziz-Eliyas
Founder, Second Team (Podi Jobs)

Starting her career in the IT industry, originally as a Business Consultant at Virtusa, Yusra left the industry due to family commitments and didn’t return to the traditional work system as she wanted to take care of her children. She saw a need to ‘Empower Sri Lankans’ and ‘Empower Sri Lankan Women’ by creating the largest independent workforce across the island and founded Podi Jobs (now Second Team) - Sri Lanka’s First Freelance Platform.

Event Judges


Fayaz Hudah
Business Coach/Entrepreneur

Fayaz Hudah is a business coach and entrepreneur involved with several startups and initiatives. Formerly, he headed the Private Sector Program at ICTA and founded Spiralation, the tech startup accelerator. Fayaz has an MBA in e-Governance from the University of Moratuwa and a BSc in Computing and Information Systems from the University of London.


Sharanyan Sharma
Founder at Extreme-Seo.net

Sharanyan Sharma is an award winning entrepreneur as well as the Founder of Extreme SEO Internet Solutions, 7Arena Technologies and Privilegeserver.com. 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 Inc.com, Yourstory.com and readme.lk. Not bad for a college dropout.


Ziyam Abdeen
Chairman at WinSYS Networks (Pvt) Ltd

Ziyam is the Founder/CEO of WinSYS Networks, Coding College and Startup School Sri Lanka. Specialized in Computer Networking, Security, Virtualization and Cloud. A Motivational Speaker who is representing Sri Lanka in APNIC and Internet Society Programs and now spending more time with Internet Policies and IT Governance.


Coaches and Mentors


Aabith Sabeer
Founder/CEO, Simplebooks.com

Aabith Sabeer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Simplebooks.com, which provides corporate secretarial and accounting services catering to over 500 clients. He is a chartered accountant, a member of the association of accounting technicians and holds a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration specialized in finance. He has been involved in auditing, taxation, and corporate consultancy, for over 5+ years. Simplebooks.com is an accounting firm designed to help small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs reduce their workload by getting rid of the mundane tasks, and focusing on their craft, business & passion.


Chamara Peiris
COO at Moneyworkz

Chamara is passionate about startups and all things tech. For over 15 years he has worked in the fields of tech management, web/e-commerce and digital media of which he has dedicated over 08 years in setting up, scaling and managing successful startups and teams locally & globally. He possesses an extensive track record in multiple areas of software services, product development & management, business management and operations, User Experience, Trainings and Agile processors.


Darshan Gunawardena
Associate Director - Technology, Virtusa

Darshan is  the Associate Director - Technology at Virtusa. He has previously worked as a Senior Architect for Virtusa and a Senior Software Engineer at Ocean Software. He has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Information Systems from Manchester Metropolitan University.


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.


Dulitha Wijewantha
Founder/CEO, Alakazam

Dulitha is the Founder/CEO, Alakazam, an AI based Marketing Assistant. Looking forward to understanding 'why' people buy products and services. With that understanding, build a set of tools to engineer the 'how' of the buying process. Currently- Alakazam (Marketing Technology Company) and CabbageApps (Fin-tech solutions provider). Was @WSO2, a middleware vendor for 4+ years with experience varying from the development of an open-source product, working with fortune 500 customers, to assisting customers with their technology buying process. Primary interests are in Psychology, JavaScript, Machine Learning.


Gayantha De Zoysa
Founder/CEO, Strive

Gayantha is the Founder/CEO of Strive. Experienced product manager, passionate tech entrepreneur & startup community leader who truly believes in Digital Disruption. Over 10 years of experience working with global tech teams in different stages of startups & corporates, played various roles from Quality Assurance to Project Management and finally found the passion for Product Management.


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.


Naushad Ninzer
Director - Product Development, Zealous Holdings

Naushad Ninzer is the Founder & Director of Product Development at Zealous Holdings and Dodo Footwear. He has previous experience as a management consultant and an analyst. He is an entrepreneur making a living sustainably crafting shoes while applying the logic of an engineer. He has a BSc in Marketing and M.I.S ( Engineering logic). He is an introvert and an avid reader.


Nevindaree Premarathne
Project Manager, 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. 


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.


Teesha Wickramatunga
Founder/CEO, Workout.lk

Teesha has been in the field of advertising and design for over ten years and has an education background in Business Administration and Marketing. She is the Founder/CEO of Workout.lk - Sri Lanka's most comprehensive health and fitness platform that aims to inspire active living. She has been involved in various project management, brand and publication management for small and large scale companies.


Vidushan Premathiratne
Founder/ Managing Director, Elon Venture Catalysts

Investment Banker with 10 years of experience, working with Asha Phillip Securities, York Street Partners, Candor Capital and Elon Venture Catalaysts. Founder/ Managing Director of a Elon Venture Catalysts. Serves as an strategist, mentor and financial advisor for many innovative startups and SME’s in Sri Lanka. Holds a B.Eng (Hons) Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Colombo and is a Member of CMA (Australia) and Certified Global Business Analyst (Australia).


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Youth Colombo team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Event Partner

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Organizing Team

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

  • Ayami
    Wanasinghe
  • Arshad
    Uzair
  • Gabriel
    Yohendran
  • Mohamed
    Muzamil
  • Supun
    Sanduwara
  • Rashmi
    Wickramaratne

Facilitators


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.


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