Startup Boot camp for Youth concludes in Colombo
Intending to strengthen Sri Lankan startups and empower young entrepreneurs, SCCI (Network of South Asian Private Sector) and Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (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 Sri Lankan Young Entrepreneurs” was aimed to equip Sri Lankan young entrepreneurs with the necessary knowledge and skills for developing their startups to the next stages.
It was also an effective platform for the young participants to network with international startups, angel investors, and startup mentors in South Asia and beyond and was free of charge and over 100 participated from different parts of Sri Lanka, like Colombo Jaffna, Trincomalee, Matara, Monaragala, Kandy, Badulla, etc.
Moreover, their startups represented various sectors such as IT, eco-friendly products, fashion, handicrafts, tourism, education, agriculture, renewable energy, etc. The young participants’ deep enthusiasm was reflective of their great inclination to rebuild Sri Lanka’s economy through their innovative startups.
Industries Ministry Additional Secretary (Industry & Industrial Estates Development Division) Chaminda Patiraja, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Country Director (Sri Lanka & Bangladesh)Wolfgang Heinze; National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) Chairman Sunil Jayarathne; Sri Lanka Standards Institution Chairman Asanga Ranasinghe; FCCISL Senior Vice President Keerthi Gunawardane; FCCISL Director Dr. Rohitha Silva and; and FCCISL Director Ruwan De Silva participated as special invitees and delivered speeches.
The inaugural session was moderated by SCCI Associate Director Tilan M. Wijesooriya.
The interactive training sessions focused on theoretical and practical perspectives of the development of startups, i.e. Mindset Mastery for Entrepreneurs, Leadership and Management Skills, manage in VUCA Times, Applied Concepts of Entrepreneurship and Startup Models, Systems View of Entrepreneurial Creativity, Angel Investments, Customer Service Excellence, Self-Development, Industry 4.0 and IOT, Growth Hacking, Invention Engine, Creative Intelligence, etc.
National and international startup role models and subject matter experts from Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria and the United States conducted the interactive training sessions of the two-day program.
From Sri Lanka, Dr. (Eng.) Ranil Sugathadasa; Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Dr. Ravi Bamunusinghe, Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Dhammika Kalapuge, Vijitha Abeywardena, and Mudith Maddumarachchi conducted their relevant sessions.
From India, Karmjitsinh Bihola conducted a session. Muyiwa Fasakin from Nigeria conducted another session.
From the United States, Prof. Dr. John F Cabra and Prof. Dr. Jim Friedman conducted the sessions.
All sessions were live streamed on YouTube Channel REAL Life TV whilst Sri Lanka Telecom was the communications partner that provided high-speed internet connectivity for the activities of training sessions.
All the young entrepreneurs were extremely happy about the program, mentioning, “We gained theoretical and practical knowledge along with skills necessary for the growth of our startups. Now we are futuristic and have pragmatic hopes of rebuilding our nation through innovative startups.”