ACCELERATING SRI LANKA’S STARTUP CULTURE
If you’ve been browsing our website you may have come across a key initiative called the Startup Sri Lanka Accelerator. Let’s delve into how engaging with the accelerator can be a game-changing decision for you, your innovations and your startup.
Gaining popularity around the world, startup or seed accelerators are all the rage in the technology sector because mentorship and educational components are built into the process which will eventually culminate in selected startups making a public pitch at an event, enabling startups to pitch to the right people in the global and local arenas.
Spearheaded by SLASSCOM’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum, the Startup Sri Lanka Accelerator will be a finely honed process, geared especially for Sri Lankan startups in various geographical locations and backgrounds. The process will involve equipping each selected startup with the right tools for their specific company cultures and projects to succeed in international markets.
The benefits of becoming a member company are manyfold. For startups this is an excellent platform to engage with the SLASSCOM Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum with ample opportunities to interact with other startups, potential mentors and industry experts. Many startups are built on excellent ideas and promising technology, but often they need additional support and guidance on business, managerial and operational aspects. This is how Startup Sri Lanka can support you. When you become an accelerator participant, SLASSCOM will take Startup Sri Lanka member applicants through a detailed assessment process which will help tailor a programme that is specific to the needs of each company.
Aligned to this need, the Startup Sri Lanka Accelerator and Startup Mentoring Programme will help startups grow their businesses with guidance, industry information, networking opportunities and consultancy. To engage with this once in a lifetime opportunity, become a member of Startup Sri Lanka which comes with 2 years free membership and a plethora of other benefits such as participation at networking events, promotional campaigns, and additional startup-centric benefits tailored to help growing companies reach and expand their potential.
Companies that achieve member status can take advantage of all SLASSCOM hosted Learning and Development activities conducted by industry experts. This is in addition to being able to join 30+ free training programmes, Tech Talks, workshops by member companies and partners annually. We will also support startups by connecting them with international and local pitching events and incubators which will provide opportunities to get better visibility and market reach. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum additionally hosts several regular networking sessions with an encouraging entrepreneurial community that comprises potential business partners, investors, CEOs and industry leaders.
Member companies who come onboard with the free two-year membership offer will also have the added prospects of learning from mentors and mentorship sessions conducted by credible and experienced industry leaders with proven track records. It is important to invest time and effort into a company in its teething phase to support learning and exploring possibilities. With a surplus of knowledge, experience and expertise within SLASSCOM itself, startup companies are given exposure to some of the best mentors in the industry.
STARTUP SRI LANKA ACCELERATOR - THE GATEWAY TO STARTUP FUTURES
Harnessing strengths and enhancing startups comes with a key set of objectives that will help drive the futures of Sri Lankan startups.
Here are some of our topline objectives when it comes to building the accelerator.
CREATING A SUPPORTING ECOSYSTEM
We will bring related partners together within the platform which will support increased growth of our economy. These partners will include Government Agencies, Facilitators, Community Partners, L&D Partners and Investors among others
We will recognize the work of entrepreneurs and innovations alike at the national and regional levels
A FOCUS ON WOMEN TECHNOPRENEURS
Our plans include developing a conducive environment for Women Technoprenurs to be successful in contributing to our economic and social goals
Mentors from within the wider ecosystem created will work with members of Startup Sri Lanka to mentor them to be successful enterprises at national and international levels
The programme will create opportunities to for startups to network and interact with successful business models and role models alike
Startup Sri Lanka will also create opportunities for startups to engage with funders, funding organizations which will help innovators to successfully enter the market
Our plans include identifying and potentially removing or mitigating risks and impediments to the industry where possible
In order to ensure that these objectives are met, we have placed KPIs relative to our objectives and the relevant activities to measure the success of each, as follows.