Startup Weekend Jaffna

    Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016

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Startup Weekend Jaffna

Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016

Friday, June 24 - 26, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Tilko Jaffna City Hotel
70/6, K.K.S. Road, Jaffna-Kankesanturai Rd
Jaffna ,Sri lanka
Jaffna, NP 40000

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First Ever Startup Weekend in Sri Lanka

Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Sri Lanka's " First Ever " Startup Weekend Jaffna ,Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June,2016 at Tilko Jaffna City Hotel

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.

Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.

What You Can Do?

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 upskill and test yourself in the world of startups


Starting from 6.30 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.

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: Sri Lanka Telecom PLC providing Free WIFI Access 
  • Meals : Morning Refreshment Plush Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation Discount : As a #SWJ Attendee, You will get special discount from Tilko City Hotel
  • 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. 

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Friday June 24th

5:30 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 June 25th

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!

7:30 pm

9:00 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 June 26th

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
Tea Break

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm
Dinner & Wrap-Up

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Lahiru Pathmalal
Co Founder at

Lahiru is the Co Founder of Lahiru Pathmalal has a BA in Political Science, and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Queensland. Yet Pathmalal ended up being one of Sri Lanka's most successful entrepreneurs, having set up, Sri Lanka's biggest e-tailer.

Arunesh Peter
Chief of Projects at ICTA

 Arunesh Strategize and manage ICT solutions and projects deployed by the ICTA to the government and private sector. Over 20 years’ experience in Information Communication Technology. Worked with many of the leading ICT companies in Sri Lanka

Chandika Jayasundara
CEO & Co-Founder of Cinergix/Creately

Chandika is an entrepreneur and an engineer.He’s a passionate promoter of startups in Sri Lanka, is a frequent speaker at related events and mentor and an advisor to a number of startups.

Event Judges

Mano Sekaram
Chairman - SLASSCOM

Mano Sekaram is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of 99X Technology Ltd. Mano currently holds the position of Chairman of the IT/BPM sector’s apex body, the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) and he is actively involved in driving IT industry strategy as a catalyst for economic growth. 

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.

Coaches and Mentors

Chalinda Abeykoon
Startup Evangelist & CEO, Crowdisland

Chalinda is a seasoned start-up evangelist and a start-up incubator strategist who acted as the key executionist in launching Sri Lanka’s first government-funded incubator and the country’s first industry-focused accelerator in 2010 & 2014 respectively. Currently, Chalinda heads Crowdisland, Sri Lanka’s first equity crowd funding platform. Crowdisland hopes to provide an avenue for start-ups to secure seed funding to unleash their true potential.

Amithe Gamage
Co - Founder at Quantum Leap Pvt Ltd / Director at Synergy Skills (Pvt)Ltd.

Amithe Gamage is an entrepreneur, corporate trainer, mentor, consultant and life coach. Drawing from over 25 years of industry knowledge and experience, he has effectively trained more than 10,000 professionals.  As a trainer he specializes in sales, customer care and motivation.

Sarveswaran Kengatharaiyer
Member - Yarl IT Hub

Sarves is a member of the Yarl IT Hub, a social enterprise that works towards setting up an ecosystem for tech start ups, and part of all its activities including Yarl Geek Challenge. As an academic and mentor, Sarves helps students, professionals and entrepreneurs to setup and develop their businesses. He has more the 10 years of experience in training, mentoring, IT system engineering and community projects.

Shageevan Sachithanandan
Co-Founder - / Ayubo Leisure / ESOFT Technologies

Shageevan is an accidental entrepreneur with 11 years of experience working in information technology sector covering Enterprise Administration, Software Development, VoIP and more. He co-founded (E-Commerce), Ayubo Leisure (Travel) and ESOFT Technologies (Software Development and IoT). He is also the CIO of MyDeal Group. He has a passion for business process automation and currently working on the same across all his businesses.

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. 

Ragulan Tharmakulasingam
Founder at Epitom Trinergy

Ragulan, the Founder and Director of Epitom Consulting, is a fully qualified Marketer by profession and established himself as a determined young Entrepreneur. Ragulan passion and commitment towards helping professionals and entrepreneurs has also defined his business ventures. 

Fathhi Mohamed
Co Founder @

Fatthi is 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

Sam De Silva
Co-founder of CommonEDGE Pvt Ltd

Sam de Silva is has been playing in the technology, media and innovation space for most of his adult life. After growing up in Australia, he started visiting Sri Lanka 10 years ago, and have been based in Colombo for the past 3 years where he heads up a Sri Lanka office of a global not-for-profit, runs a startup studio and spends his spare time helping to build Sri Lanka's startup ecosystem. He is a co-founder of SPIKE, the only regular startup meet-up in Colombo, and is also a co-founder of Ground Reality Asia - a company focused on supporting, mentoring and incubating startups. He also recently ran Sri Lanka's first pre-accelerator program, JFDIx. 

Sanjana Bandara
CEO at

Sanjana, The Founder and Managing Director of, A visionary Young Entrepreneur with a lot of dreams to disrupt the Srilankan eCommerce market.

Mahela Wickramasinghe
Founder at

Mahela is a former banker turned serial entrepreneur. He started his first venture back in 2014 with 'Rebel Masters'- A luxury brand produces genuinely handcrafted Ceylonese leather goods He is the CEO of Sri Lanka's first ever entrepreneurial platform and Sri Lanka's first ever entrepreneurial magazine

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Jaffna team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Jaffna is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Sharanyan
  • Thavaruban
  • Chamara
  • Robinson
  • Anurag


Anurag Maloo
Regional Manager APAC (South & Central Asia), Techstars

Anurag Maloo is an Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect. As a Regional Manager for South & Central Asia with Techstars and Startup Weekend, he is responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives) and Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan). He is incredibly passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, innovation ecosystem, grassroots leadership, and building strong collaborative startup communities. He has been involved in various startup initiatives, community empowerment and leadership development programs, and bringing innovation into the corporate world. With his proven track records of experience cultivating key influencers within diverse geopolitical regions, Anurag has succeeded in creating inclusive startup communities in turbulent and struggling, yet developing ecosystems and emerging economies of Asia. His interests range from entrepreneurship to education, startups to sustainability, social impact to grassroots innovations, and peace building communities. Being a storyteller, teacher and life explorer, he can be found having engaging conversations with friends and random people, sharing life stories, radiating positive joyous happy energies, enriching audiences with his traveling experiences and narrating inspirational humane stories around the world from the hot deserts of Rajasthan to the cold deserts of Antarctica.

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