Startup Weekend Jaffna v3 - Youth Edition

    Friday, January 25 - 27, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team

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Startup Weekend Jaffna v3 - Youth Edition

Friday, January 25 - 27, 2019

Friday, January 25 - 27, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

SS Complex
Kiramakkodu Junction,
Pointpedro, Jaffna NP.

For the Third time in Jaffna

Calling all entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join the Startup Weekend Jaffna 3.0, from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 January, 2019 at SS Complex, Point-Pedro.

What's Startup Weekend, Anyway?

Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon - 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching.  It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.


In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it's an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).

Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.


Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills - Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to up skill and test yourself in the world of startups


Starting from 4.00 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches  ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation - contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea - and reacting fast if you need to change.  Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.  

Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges.  Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand.  (link to timetable)


Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.

What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?

1) Education:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.

2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.

3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost between $75 and $99 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink. However, This time we are giving the tickets Free with no catch at all :)

8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

Facilities for the Attendees?

  • Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
  • Free WIFI: We will give you Free WIFI Access 
  • Meals : Morning Refreshment Plush Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation Discount : As a #SWJ Attendee, You will get special discount from selected Startup Weekend Alumni partners
  • Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
  • Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea. 

See what it's all about

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Friday January 25th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

6:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:45 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 January 26th

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

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 27th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Refreshment Time

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:45 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:15 pm
Go Home!


Vithushan Vijayaratnam
Director Accelerator Program (Uki) at Yarl IT Hub

A seeker who is driven by curiosity believes that creativity makes life an intense experience.
Never ceased to explore life in its all dimensions and strives to make meaningful impact in the lives of as many people as possible.

Jathavan Somasundaram
Managing Director of Hari Engineering

Jathavan is an Experience Business magnet and Managing Director of Hari Engineering one of the Pioneer in Construction Field in Jaffna as a Speaker on the Event.

Sanjeevan Murugiah

Sanjeevan is the Director of Nalin Information Technologies (PVT) Ltd, the most popular Technology Service Provider around Jaffna city.

Event Judges

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.

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.

Lasantha Wickramsinghe
Founder at Builtapps

Lasantha Wickramasinghe is the Founder of BuiltApps, OutsmartHub and the Shareholder of the . He is an award winning successful entrepreneur in Sri Lanka, perhaps a wonderful and inspirational example for the budding Techpreneurs.

Vignesh Kularatnam



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.

Dr E Y A Charles

Dr E Y A Charles is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Computer Science or University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

Samesh Wijeweera

Samesh is a believer of perfection. The rate at which he improves himself has always been too slow for him, therefore he created a free tool called "Spokk" to make the process quicker. Spokk lets you gather honest opinions from people all over the world. He has been working on this for the past 4 years and believes that it can have a big impact on who we are and how we do things. You can access it at

Upul Gamage

Upul S Gamage is the founder of DevMutants Private Limited

Sivasithamparam Rajivkanth
Mobile App and Web Developer

Rajivkanth is the founder of CipherLabz, Visiting Lecturer at SLIATE and the District Director for NEFCICT

Nadarajah Senthooran

Nadarajah Senthooran is the founder of Editorstable Video Editing Solutions

Jaruza Jayachandran
CEO at EzBooking

CEO of EzBooking

Balasingam Saruban

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Jaffna v3 - Youth Edition 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.




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Organizing Team

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

  • Raguparan
  • Kiruthigan
  • Alosious
  • Bavitha
  • Ivan Dimitri
    Quentinus Balendra
  • Luxan
  • Jeyakopy


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.

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