Intending to strengthen Sri Lankan start-ups and empower young entrepreneurs, SCCI (South Asian Private Sector Network) and the Federation of Sri Lankan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL) in association with the Foundation for Freedom Friedrich Naumann (FNF South Asia) co-organized the Startup Boot Camp for Sri Lanka Youth at Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo recently.
The two-day training program themed “Strengthening Startup Ecosystems in South Asia: A Cross-Border Startup Boot Camp for Young Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs” aimed to equip young Sri Lankan entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop your startups to the next level. stages
It was also an effective platform for young participants to network with international startups, angel investors and startup mentors in South Asia and beyond and it was free of charge and over 100 participants from different parts of Sri Lanka such as Colombo Jaffna , Trincomalee, Matara. , Monaragala, Kandy, Badulla, etc.
Furthermore, their startups represented various sectors, such as IT, green products, fashion, handicrafts, tourism, education, agriculture, renewable energy, etc. The deep enthusiasm of the young participants reflected their keen interest in rebuilding the Sri Lankan economy through their innovative startups.
Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Industries (Industry Development and Industrial Areas Division) Chaminda Patiraja, Country Director of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) Wolfgang Heinze; the president of the National Business Development Authority (NEDA), Sunil Jayarathne; the president of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Asanga Ranasinghe; FCCISL Senior Vice President Keerthi Gunawardane; FCCISL Director Dr. Rohitha Silva and; and FCCISL Director Ruwan De Silva participated as special guests and gave speeches.
The opening session was moderated by SCCI Associate Director, Tilan M. Wijesooriya.
The interactive training sessions focused on the theoretical and practical perspectives of startup development, i.e. Mastering the Mindset for Entrepreneurs, Leadership and Management Skills, Managing at VUCA Times, Applied Concepts of Entrepreneurship and Startup Models, Vision of entrepreneurial creativity systems, Angel Investments, Customer Service Excellence, Self-development, Industry 4.0 and IOT, Growth Hacking, Invention Engine, Creative Intelligence, etc.
National and international start-up role models and subject matter experts from Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria and the United States led the two-day program’s interactive training sessions.
From Sri Lanka, Dr. (eng.) Ranil Sugathadasa; Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Dr. Ravi Bamunusinghe, Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Dhammika Kalapuge, Vijitha Abeywardena, and Mudith Maddumarachchi led their relevant sessions.
From India, Karmjitsinh Bihola led a session. Muyiwa Fasakin from Nigeria led another session.
From the United States, Prof. Dr. John F Cabra and Prof. Dr. Jim Friedman led the sessions.
All sessions were broadcast live on the REAL Life TV YouTube channel, while Sri Lanka Telecom was the communications partner providing high-speed internet connectivity for the training session activities.
All the young entrepreneurs were very happy with the program and mentioned: “We gained theoretical and practical knowledge along with the necessary skills for the growth of our new companies. We are now futurists and have pragmatic hopes of rebuilding our nation through innovative startups.”