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Local Startups Niftron, Magicbit for EWC Global finals

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Lankan Angel Network (LAN), the country’s largest network of angel investors, is the EWC’s Official National Organizer for Sri Lanka. The EWC will offer Sri Lanka’s national champions the chance to pitch on a global stage for a share of USD 1 million in cash prizes, plus additional investment opportunities, and another USD750, 000 in in-kind support.

Niftron is a Sri Lanka-based block chain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform that aims to make blockchain simpler and more affordable for businesses at all levels and industries.

Local Startups Niftron, Magicbit for EWC Global finals
Magicbit Co-founders/Directors: Top Row Left to Right: Anuruddha Tennakoon, Sudath Amarasinghe Bottom Row Left to Right: Akalanka De Silva, Migara Amithodhana

Magicbit is an easy-to-use STEM Education platform that allows users the opportunity to learn and practice new technologies like IoT, robotics, programming, electronics and AI, and caters trousers across every level.

In preparation for the EWC Global Finals, Niftron and Magicbit are also taking part in an acceleration program featuring virtual training and one-to-one mentoring targeted to their company’s current stage and growth trajectory.

Niftron and Magicbit emerged victorious from a pool of 24 contestants who applied – each receiving access to free virtual training services and up to USD 25,000 in perks to help them take their venture to the next level.

The other startups that made it to the “Growth Stage” category of the Sri Lankan Finals at EWC included: Insure Me, an Insure Tech company focusing on both B2C and B2B segments; SenzAgro, a state-of-the-art precision agriculture ecosystem for 500 million smallholder farmers globally; Million Spaces, an on-demand platform for flexible workspaces; and Helios, a platform promoting sustainable and inclusive digital finance.

Additionally, the other top-ranked startups in the “Early Stage” category were: OGO Pay which unlocks the full economic potential of the sharing economy through inclusive financial services;Tracified, a blockchain-based traceability solution for complex global supply-chains;, anon-demand 24/7 tutoring platform that allows students to connect with subject experts; andSmart Coop (Nanosoft Global), a fintech startup that aims to transform and digitize the co-operative banks in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan leg of the competition was judged by LAN members, and industry veterans based out of Australia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UK, and USA.

The preliminary rounds were judged by Samath Fernando, Devaka Randeniya, Faris Fausz, Mohamed Zuhry and ChaturaDe Silva. The National Finals were judged by Manjiv Dodanwela, Nilanka Pieris, Shea Wickramasingha, Kumi Thiruchelvam, and Bernard Sinniah.

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