Startup Weekend Negombo - Silicon Beach

    Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

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Startup Weekend Negombo - Silicon Beach

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Paradise Beach Hotel
289 Lewis Place
Negombo, Sri Lanka

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Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join  Startup Weekend Negombo - Silicon Beach ,Friday 19th to Sunday 21st May,2017 at Paradise Beach Hotel, Negombo.

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 $40 (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: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
  • Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
  • 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. 



Bootcamps for the Upcoming Startup Weekend Event at Negombo

University of Sri Jaywerdenepura 
30th April, 2017 10.00am to 12.00pm

University of Moratuwa
3rd May, 2017 6.30pm to 7.00pm

University of YBSL
4th May, 2017 6.30pm to 7.00pm

University of IIT
9th May, 2017 2.00pm to 2.30pm

University of OUSL
9th May, 2017 3.00pm to 4.00pm

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Friday May 19th

6:30 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 May 20th

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 21st

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Joe Lenora
Director and Head of Design - We Are Designers

Joe has been involved with the Web and Digital Media Industry for over 17 years in Sri Lanka and overseas. Upon his return to Sri Lanka in 1999, Joe joined one of the two major web based solution providers in the island at that time. In 2001, he set up Kent Academy of Digital Science, the only Adobe Authorized Academy in Sri Lanka as part of the Kent Holdings group.  At the age of 27, Joe founded “We Are Designers” in 2005, and spearheaded the 35+ member team to achieve success over the past 12 years in providing cutting edge digital solutions for companies in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Sudath Fernando
Director of Finance at ATG Group of Companies FTZ

Sudath Fernando Specializes in the placement of Accounting, Finance, HR, Engineering and IT professionals. He’s also a respected guru in the strategic placement of Technical and Functional Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Intelligence.

Upul Disanayake

Founder & CEO of LONGWApps, a web project development startup based in Sri Lanka. Currently he’s also serving as a consultant for an outsource web project development firm for US/Canada based businesses. 

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.

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.

Event Judges

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.

Balathasan Sayanthan
Founding Member at Yarl IT Hub

Sayanthan is a Founding member of Yarl IT Hub, a social enterprise focused on promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Jaffna. He also leads the Go to Market Team at hSenid Mobile. Gladly spends time trying to apply and learn about technology, innovation, social enterprises, business modeling and business strategies. 

Indika De Zoysa
Senior Consultant- ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

Indika De Zoysa is the Country Business Manager of Intel Sri Lanka. Indika also is part of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) which he has made unlimited contributions towards its sucess. 

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.

Samath Fernando

CEO at H ONE / CIO at Hirdaramani Group of Companies. Consultant - Government Data Center Program, CIO - Aberdeen Holdings & Director / CEO - Brantel Lanka Pvt Ltd. ... Head of IT Infrastructure Solutions at Hirdaramani Group of Companies [H One (Pvt.) Ltd.]

Coaches and Mentors

Marsha Subasinghe
Chief Operating Officer - Spark Actuarial

She has over 10 years experience working in a BPO/KPO environment. Experience straddling finance and accounting, equity research, financial valuation, recruitment, business analysis, people management and product delivery.

Shafraz Rahim
Developer Relations and Platform Evangelist at Dialog Axiata PLC

Shafraz is an Information Technology practitioner with special interest in the field of Information Technology Management, Technological Innovation and Startups. He is the founder of ideamart.

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.

Sudath Fernando
Director of Finance at ATG Group of Companies FTZ

Sudath Fernando Specializes in the placement of Accounting, Finance, HR, Engineering and IT professionals. He’s also a respected guru in the strategic placement of Technical and Functional Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Intelligence.

Pradeepa Atapaththu
National Consultant for Sri Lanka, International Trade Centre

Pradeepa Atapaththu is a development practitioner and a consultant attached to the International Trade Center, the Joint Agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. Her focus lies on empowering young businesses in developing economies to join the global value chain.

Buddhika Jayawardena
CEO - Siplo

He’s passionate in the field of Engineering and Entrepreneurship; he has a keen interest in Computer and Systems Engineering. 

Asanka Nissanka
VP Technology - ShoutOut Labs

A tech entrepreneur who is passionate about exploring new technologies and architecting software solutions. Also a member of the founding team at Square Mobile, and currently working full-time there. 

KumaraGuru Varatharaja
CEO of Youth Business Sri Lanka

Strategic design and transformation leadership specialist for entrepreneurship initiatives, mentorship and development programmes. Pioneer the Mentoring concept in Sri Lanka with modern management practices using it as an effective approach to enhance the spirit of entrepreneurship. Develop a local context base entrepreneurship training for Sri Lanka Youth Business International program with an outreach of 2000 entrepreneurs in 10 districts.

Lashan Silva
CEO of Enhanzer Pvt Ltd

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. He has worked in Cloud Computing & Big Data domains and is skilled in Service Oriented Architecture related technologies. Strong Entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology focused in Programming from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

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.

Kalakavi Ragulan
Co Founder and Director at Epitom Trinergy

Kalaikavi Ragulan is a qualified and experienced professional whose passion for marketing has carried her through several years of managing brands at a high level. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with first-class honors from the University of Colombo, and is currently in pursuit of the Certified Professional Marketer certification, Asia Pacific, as well as the Certified Internet Marketing Professional certification from eBusinessAcademy.

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.

Dr.Sampath Kannangara

An Information and Communication Technology expert with 14 years of combined international experience in business management, higher education, consultancy, research, and software development. Currently work as the CEO of Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT Campus) in Sri Lanka. IIT, established in 1990, is the pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Negombo - Silicon Beach team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Incubation Partner

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Organizing Team

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

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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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