Startup Sri Lanka is to launch Disrupt 2.0

Startup Sri Lanka is to launch Disrupt 2.0

Startup Sri Lanka, an arm of SLASSCOM, is aiming to host Disrupt 2.0 to inspire and mentor fledgling startups in Sri Lanka. The event is to help enable startups to take their businesses to the next level and to increase the chances of success for these ventures.


Speaking at the event, SLASSCOM chairman Mano Sekaram stated, “We are constantly looking for ways in which to engage startups and build a healthy ecosystem for them. With events like this we hope to reach out to the community and enable them with the tools for success.”


The theme for this event is ‘Inspire, Ideate, Initiate and Disrupt’ and will take place on the 9th of December, 4 p.m. onwards at Trace Expert City. There will be two inspirational talks which are open to the public. The speakers include Tony Weeresinghe – founder, MillenniumIT and chairman/CEO and Laugfs chairman, Hemachandra Wegapitiya. There are separate sessions with a group of mentors and subject experts who will share their personal stories with the audience.


The mentors are Harsha Purasinghe – founder/CEO Microimage, Suren Pinto – CEO at Wavenet and founder and CEO at Wifyer, Mangala Karunaratne – CEO Calcey Technologies, Chandika Jayasundera – CEO Cingergix, and Shahani Markus – chairperson and CEO, Capaxus Ltd. Moderator and Investor Ruwindhu Pieris – MD, Stax.


The Subject Experts will be Dr. Michael Nirmal De Silva – country manager, Regus (Infrastructure), Jeevan Gnanam – CEO, Orion City/founding director, Lankan Angel Network (Infrastructure/Investor), Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe – MD, Lanka Bell (Infrastructure), Sudath Perera – senior partner at Sudath Perera Associates (Legal), Naresh Abeyesekera – CEO, Secquero, (Financial Planning), Channa Manoharan – advisory leader/CEO PwC Sri Lanka and Maldives, (Company secretarial work/tax/audit), Dilendra Wimalasekere – VP Marketing, WSO2 (Marketing), Dinesh Saparamadu – founder and CEO of hSenid Group of Companies (Marketing), Nayana Samaranayake – founder, storylise (Incubations) and Haridhu Abeygoonaratne – CEO at SimCentric Technologies (Technology).


Calcey Technologies CEO Mangala Karunaratne, concluded: “We all know ideas are worth nothing, but those who decide to do something about them know it is not easy being an entrepreneur. The odds are against you, however once you make it, it will look like an overnight victory. So our goal is to inspire those who are in it to achieve it.”

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