Welcome to the STARTUP SRI LANKA membership portal.
Here at SLASSCOM, we are dedicated to supporting and nurturing the startup ecosystem in Sri Lanka and introduce this special members-only initiative to help drive small businesses in the technology products and services sectors to sure success. In today’s changing world landscapes, technology is the need of the hour more than ever before as people around the globe adjust to a new normal. Let’s lead the charge as an island of ingenious innovators, carving our share of the market for the specialized work we have already garnered a name for – and let’s do it as a collective.
True to our mantra of developing the sector, we offer FREE memberships to startups with one year of membership benefits on the house. As a member of Startup Sri Lanka, you have access to some key aspects of the initiative including engaging with the StartUp Sri Lanka Accelerator and availing yourself of our Mentorship Sessions to help your startup grow your business into international markets.
SLASSCOM’s Chairman and Board Member for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forum – Anura De Alwis says, “Startups are the future of our industry and it is our pleasure to launch an initiative of this magnitude that will undoubtedly
When you sign up to become an exclusive Startup Sri Lanka member, some of the following sub initiatives will also be available to you from time to time.
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
We will be hosting a series of learning and development sessions that you can take advantage of. Each programme will be hosted by SLASSCOM and delivered by local and international industry experts.
Regular training programmes, Tech Talks and Workshops organized by member companies and partners are in the works. We will be hosting nearly 30 annual programmes of this nature to ensure that you can keep in touch with the latest industry trends, learn about new working methodologies and more.
We will be creating opportunities for startups to pitch their projects at international and leading local pitching events and incubators. These initiatives are the ideal way for your startup to get visibility and exposure in key markets.
You will be able to attend multiple networking sessions by being a part of our encouraging entrepreneurial community and meet potential business partners,
investors, CEOs and industry leaders
We will also be creating specialist opportunities for member startups to promote their projects, products and services among other member companies
Opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions conducted by credible industry leaders with a proven entrepreneurial track record
Being a member means you will have access to industry data, policy framework and changes, research updates and key insights to help make better business decisions
When you or your team members need to travel for work and conference participation overseas, we will be issuing letters of membership confirmation as required by Embassies/Consulates.
Having your contact information listed as a member of Startup Sri Lanka with SLASSCOM will help with direct leads
Members are all eligible to publish the “Member of SLASSCOM” badge on their websites and other communications material
TAX CHANGES TO ICT SECTOR
The following tax benefits have been implemented for the ICT sector based on the 2021 budget that was passed in December 2020. These benefits indicate a state-wide push for the ICT sector which all firms in the industry can avail themselves which will in turn help drive the ecosystem forward.
TELECOM LEVY REDUCED
A 25% reduction in the telecommunications levy.
TAX FREE ICT SERVICES
An exemption of all taxes for ICT related services.
VAT THRESHOLD INCREASED
Increasing the VAT threshold from Rs.12 million to Rs.300 million.
DOUBLED PAYEE TAX
A doubling of the PAYEE tax threshold going up to Rs.250,000
FOREIGN EARNING RELIEF
A relief on all remittances from foreign earnings.