Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Sri Lanka

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Sri Lanka

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020



Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 11:55 pm



Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Techstars Global Startup Weekend COVID-19 Edition:

This series of free online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19-related challenges. They are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. Best 20 global teams will receive an innovation bootcamp from Techstars.

You can participate without submitting idea or having a team. You are welcome to submit an idea for selection prior to the event using the instructions given below. Teams are formed based on which selected idea each participant wants to work on. If you didn't submit an idea or your submitted idea is not selected prior to the event, it doesn't affect your ability to fully participate in the event. The purpose of this event is to enable you to learn and experience the process of starting your own business to enable you to implement your own ideas in the future and to make a tangible contribution towards the fight against Covid-19 in Sri Lanka.

Each country will bring together hundreds or even thousands of participants that will work on prototypes for three days. This event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details https://covid.startupweekend.org/

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an NGO, selected by Techstars, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option or select a predefined amount. You don’t need to get a ‘free ticket’ in addition to your ‘donation ticket’ since making a donation will register you as a participant. 

**Please note: 
Have an idea for a pitch? Before the event starts, you’ll have an opportunity to submit your idea using this form. The deadline for submitting ideas is on Wednesday at 11:59pm (in your local timezone). After all the ideas have been submitted, the mentors will review all submissions to choose the best ideas. On Thursday, the best ideas will then be published for all participants to see, giving participants 24 hours to form teams.



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EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday April 22nd


11:55 pm
Idea submission deadline
Submit your idea before 11.59pm to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsxAVQVg5-ri2k7UIn3g0JupKnZpN1XUoMw-uUI9V-oxhnUA/viewform

Friday April 24th


6:00 pm
Event Starts
Event kickoff with our amazing Facilitators on YouTube Live.


6:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches, and community leaders


7:10 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


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


8:00 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 have the whole night to work!


8:15 pm
Pitch Presentation Workshop
Mohammed Fawaz will be taking a Pitch Presentation Workshop on YouTube Live.

Saturday April 25th


9:00 am
Workshops/Online Masterclasses
You will receive an online workshop or Masterclass on the following topics during the day i.e. Business Model Canvas, Customer Validation, How to Build a Prototype, How to Pitch


10:00 am
Team Check-Ins
Morning Check-In, status reports, call for help


12:30 pm
Mentoring Sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one for 3 hours. They are here to help! Slots would be allotted to you by us.


5:00 pm
Session by Anjana Somathilaka
Anjana will be doing his session on "How to build your MVP"


9:00 pm
Facilitator Review
Facilitators will review your progress for the day (YouTube Live)


10:00 pm
Work, Work, Work!
Work for as long as you can!

Sunday April 26th


9:00 am
Final Mentoring Session
Finalize the business model, validate with customers, finish preparing presentations, have final piece of advice from mentors.


10:00 am
Morning Check-in with Facilitators
Tell where you have reached, how much you need help


1:00 pm
Pitch Deck Submission (Deadline)
Before 1:00 PM Sunday, Submit your Google Slides presentation URL, and Submit your max. 2-minute Pitch Video, in the Google Form we share with you tonight. Remember: In first round, you’ve to submit max. 2-minute pitch video. Make sure it’s accessible by everyone. Otherwise, you will be disqualified.


1:15 pm
Judging Starts! .
Our team of super awesome judges will start reviewing your ideas


4:30 pm
Top 10 Announcement .
Judges will announce the Top 10 ideas


5:30 pm
Final Pitching Starts!
One Team Member each from the Top 10 Teams will be invited to pitch live on YouTube.


7:00 pm
Winners Announcement!
Top 3 Teams will be announced!


7:15 pm
Event Ends!
All good things must come to an end!



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.



Jeevan Gnanam
Director and Co-founder, Hatchworks / Former chairman SLASSCOM

Jeevan Gnanam is the Chief Executive of St Anthony's Industries Group and Director/Co-founder of Hatch. He is a mentor and facilitator for entrepreneurial development in Sri Lanka. He served as Chairman of SLASSCOM in 2018 and initiated many projects to uplift the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem. He is also a founder member of Lanka Angel Network and Co-founder of CrowdIsland, a crowdfunding platform for startups.


Shanuki De Alwis
TEDx Speaker, Coach and Mentor

 As a well-known speaker and coach, she has guided many young entrepreneurs to polish their business pitches and move forward in the Sri Lankan Startup ecosystem. She is the go-to avatar for an entrepreneur/founder to break their own personal and communication barriers and speedup his or her startups’ growth. While being one of the most sort after professionals in Cause Marketing, she has a wide range of expertise in Establishing Startups, Branding, Identity work and Creative Conceptualization etc.


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.

Event Judges


Heminda Jayaweera
Chief Operating Officer - Sri lanka Institute of Nanotechnology(SLINTEC), Director- Vibhava Solutions, Co-founder thuru.lk

Heminda Jayaweera is the Chief Operating Officer at SLINTEC and EIsenhower fellow 2020. He is the Director of  Vibhava Solutions(pvt) ltd,  initiating numerous other startups and initiatives including Thuru.lk, Venture Frontier Lanka, Jendo Innovations, MoraSpirit, Fountain,lk and Zerotrash.lk. Starting as an Electronics and Telecommunication Engineer from University of Moratuwa to a memeber at Executive Council - CSSL, Heminda has inspired many Tech Leaders and Entrepreneurs.


Jeevan Gnanam
Director and Co-founder, Hatchworks / Former chairman SLASSCOM

Jeevan Gnanam is the Chief Executive of St Anthony's Industries Group and Director/Co-founder of Hatch. He is a mentor and facilitator for entrepreneurial development in Sri Lanka. He served as Chairman of SLASSCOM in 2018 and initiated many projects to uplift the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem. He is also a founder member of Lanka Angel Network and Co-founder of CrowdIsland, a crowdfunding platform for startups.


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.


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.


Coaches and Mentors


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. 


Aloka Gunasekara
Program Manager - StartupX Foundry

Aloka is at the intersection of strategic leadership, startup building, product development and business growing. He is a skilled digital product manager with a strong startup background.

Currently he heads Sri Lanka’s first venture builder, StartupX Foundry.

Aloka has a illustrious background in strategic planning, stakeholder management, product management, digital marketing, team building, operations management and business development.


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.


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.


Dinushka Medagoda
Founder & CEO elawyers.lk

Dinushka Medagoda is a lawyer and the founder of elawyers.lk , a  legal process outsourcing company that specializes in Contract Drafting/ Reviewing, Intellectual Property related registrations and company incorporations.


Enosh Praveen
Entrepreneur | Ambassador | Co-Founder | Director

Entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the Digital Media / Publishing Industry. Well connected within the Sri Lankan Startup Community. Skilled in Startup Steering, Growth Hacking, Team Building, Branding and Creative Writing. Strong sales personality with an MBA focused in Marketing and Business Management from Edith Cowan University, Australia. 


Fathhi Mohamed
Co Founder @ Pickme.lk , Co-founder and COO @ YOHO BED

Fathi currently works as Co-founder/ COO at YOHO Bed ; the first branded network of budget, premium hotels in Sri Lanka. Fatthi is also the co-founder of PickMe, which has disrupted the Sri Lankan market in number of ways to become forerunner in IT startups. Before starting PickMe, He was engaged in few startups as an entrepreneur including an eCommerce platform development company which powered the number of online businesses including anything.lk.


Michael Moonesinghe
CEO of Business Hubs Sri Lanka

Michael Moonesinghe is the Founder & CEO of Glover Daniels International, a human capital consultancy firm based in Colombo, which provides international head hunting, leadership & development training and HR consultancy to companies both locally and globally. Michael was born and bred in the UK and was an enthused serial entrepreneur who started a number of different businesses in his career. In January 2010, He moved Glover Daniels to Sri Lanka to identify the true potential Sri Lanka could offer and it was one of the first completely owned foreign businesses to move here after the catastrophic war. Michael is a well known contributor to the Sri Lankan start-up eco system. He started a network of business hubs to enable entrepreneurs, startups and early stage companies to have access to low cost and flexible, quality office accommodation. Michael is passionate about the startup opportunities that Sri Lanka offers and truly believes that world class innovative businesses could come from Sri Lanka.


Nevindaree Premarathne
Project Manager, ICTA

Nevindaree is a Project Manager 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. 


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.


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

Senela is the Founder & CEO of Women Empowered Global (www.WomenEmpowered.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. As an awarded global speaker & leadership development coach that has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Startup weekend is privileged to have Senela as a mentor for this event’s budding entrepreneurs. Her expertise also includes Corporate Planning, Communication, Strategic Management, Marketing and Branding.


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.


Thavaruban Thangarajah
Founder & CEO at Speed IT net

He started his company in 2003 and focused on Internet based development when web based development  new to Jaffna and he was 24 yrs old. He is a hardcore entrepreneur also involves in Startup echo system development in the region . He serve in Board of NCIT,ISOC LK, North East Angel Network and curently  serving as executive director in INFITT and chairman in NCIT. He is a experienced Tamil Blog writer in tech,social subjects.  Thavaruban has more than 18 years  experience in online offline programming,business management and marketing as well.


Abdul Haleem
Founder Head of Department of ICT, South Eastern University Sri lanka

Abdul Haleem served as the Founder Head of the Department of Technology, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka.Currently Senior Lecturer. Being the founder of Cyber Security Laboratory at DICT, FoT, SEUSL, Mr. Haleem has become a pioneer in teaching Cyber Security to university students and shaping future Network Engineers of Sri Lanka. As a mentor for Startup Weekend COVID-19 edition, Mr. Abdul will be helping competitors to solve tech related issues in their StartUps


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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Arshad
    Uzair
  • Ayami
    Wanasinghe
  • Gohulan
    Guganeshan
  • Luxan
    Mahalingam
  • Mohamed
    Muzamil
  • Naushad
    Ninzer
  • Rashmi
    Wickramaratne
  • Sabakaran
    Thiyagarajah
  • Subodha
    Iranga
  • Abdeen
    Ziyam
  • Himal
    Shakthi

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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