Startup Weekend Trincomalee

    Friday, October 27 - 29, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Trincomalee

Friday, October 27 - 29, 2017

Friday, October 27 - 29, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street,
Trincomalee,, Eastern Province, 3100

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Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach

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 Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco

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. 

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Friday October 27th

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 October 28th

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 October 29th

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!


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.

Robinson Prashanthan
CEO at Innovay

CEO - Innovay | Online Business Consultant | Internet (Web) Marketing Strategist at Innovay
Sri Lanka Information Technology and Services

Dhanesh Jayathilaka
CEO of

Certified as a Professional Marketer by the Asia Marketing Federation and also holds the status of the ‘Practicing Marketer’ awarded by SLIM as well as the ‘Chartered Marketer’ status awarded by CIM(UK).

Event Judges

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.

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.

Kulenthiran Kulatheepan
Chairman, Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Trinco District

Board Director  Federation of chambers Srilanka (eastren province)

Board Director  National Construction  Association of Srilanka 

Eastern province Director , Human rights Organisation of Srilanka

MD , Varnan Enterprises  (pvt) ltd.

Chairman , Venus Engineering (pvt) ltd

Muralitharan Mauran
Senior Software Developer at Datamatrix (PVT) LTD

A FOSS enthusiastic,  Working as a senior software developer in MSA network.  Born and completed school life in Trincomalee.  Passionate in local language computing and Natural language processing. His area of interest includes the politics of technology.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Mohammed Fawaz
Chief Executive Officer at Global Tutor

Multi-faceted professional with 5 years of experience working in international business development environments (BPO,KPO, Outsourcing Modules ). Particular industry experience in strategy and business development across consulting, Academic , and Business Analysis , as well as Innovation management.

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.

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.

Dinushka Medagoda
Founder & CEO

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

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. 

Vimukthi Liyanage
Founder -

Vimukthi Liyanage is an Entrepreneur, Tech Blogger and UX Engineer with more than 7 years of experience. He is the CEO and founder of Mogo Solutions Private Limited which focuses on providing wide range of software solutions for local and global IT industry. Mogo Solutions is the company behind the “Mogo Super”, an online supermarket which provides services to corporate and regular grocery shoppers in Sri Lanka.

Besant Gnanapragasam
Founder of iCreative Works

Full Stack Developer and Founder of iCreative Works, Cliffox, Tamilfeed and PromoLK

Visharathan Kugamoorthy
Product Manager at Navotar Inc

Visharathan, who is currently a product manager at Navotar Software (Pvt) Ltd has a unique mix of business and technical skills. Visha has an remarkable background in product management, strategy development, marketing, business development and team building.

Nithushan Uthayakumar
Co-Founder & COO at BLUELOTUS 360

Nithushan co-founded Good Seats, a non-profit start-up, which came third in Google Hackathon London. He also got the attention of Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson through Pitch to Rich Program, while he was a 3rd year undergraduate student in the UK. After moving to Sri Lanka, he co- founded yet another start-up called BLUELOTUS 360 which offers a one stop hub for all the ERP needs of Construction and Manufacturing companies

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Trincomalee 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.

National Partner

Community Partner

Beverage Partner

Official Deal & Promotion Partner

Digital Media Partner

Messaging Partner

Print Media Partner

E-Commerce Partner

TShirt Partner

Media Partner

Digital Marketing Partner

Organizing Team

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

  • Madhusoothanan
  • Harshi
  • Balasingam
  • Jackshanan
  • Myuran
  • Sharanyan


Priyanka Khanna
Entrepreneur & Facilitator

Priyanka is an Independent Business Consultant helping businesses explore new markets.  She has been focused on growth strategies, building potential markets, expansion planning  and fund raising. She’s currently working on scaling ‘ayzh Inc’, a sustainable women’s health enterprise, into APAC and East Africa through strategic partnerships, online distribution and creative business models. Her varied experiences in the fields of Education, Healthcare, eCommerce and Media while in different geographical locations spanning over APAC, UK and Africa provides her an edge in understanding global business. With a Master’s in Business from Oxford University, she has been exposed to the best practices in a global environment, which she is leveraging to support businesses addressing environment and social challenges. Priyanka is in the process of setting up her new venture ‘Leave-No-Footprint-Behind’, Helping  individuals to corporations travel sustainably by measuring and reducing their carbon footprint.

She is also an 
Organiser of Startup Weekend Delhi Women & a Startup Weekend Facilitator

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