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PwC and SLASSCOM join hands to empower startups in Sri Lanka

In a joint effort to empower startups in the country, PwC Sri Lanka has joined hands with SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies) to introduce Sri Lanka to Europe’s largest and leading annual startup and technology event, SLUSH, while also giving local startups a unique opportunity to help solve pressing challenges the world is facing today. For the first time in the country’s history, PwC Sri Lanka and SLASSCOM organised the SLUSH Global impact accelerator 2016 – local competition to select the best Sri Lankan impact oriented startup which will go on to take...

SLASSCOM recognizes outstanding individuals and organisations in IT-BPM industry

Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) Annual General Meeting and the Award Night 2016 was held last Wednesday (28) at the Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo. The awards night was organised for the second consecutive year recognising individuals and organisations for their outstanding contributions towards driving IT-BPM industry’s objectives for 2022; $5 billion in revenue, 200,000 jobs and 1000 start-ups. Industry Leadership Award The industry leadership award was presented to the individuals of SLASSCOM member companies who have contributed to the development of...

SLASSCOM held their AGM and awards ceremony at the Kingsbury

The Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) held their Annual General Meeting and awards ceremony at the Kingsbury on Wednesday.Hayleys Industrial Solutions, Managing Director Dr. Arul Sivagananathan was appointed as the Chairman. Awards were presented to individuals and organisations recognising their outstanding contribution to the industry. The Chairman elect with the award winners.

Disrupt 2.0 Inter-University start-up contest kicks off

Sri Lanka’s thriving start-up scene will get an additional boost with this year’s Disrupt 2.0 – Inter University technopreneur challenge specifically themed around applying tech innovations in addressing socio-economic issues in the country. The competition is organised in partnership with SLASSCOM and Zebra Technologies. SLASSCOM, the principal partner of the event, envisages the IT/BPM sector to become a 5$ billion industry by 2022, creating 200,000 direct jobs. The 1,000 start-ups that SLASSCOM intends to achieve is an important part of the equation in making the IT sector a prime...

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Sri Lanka shortlisted for “Outsourcing destination of 2016”

Sri Lanka has been shortlisted for the “Outsourcing destination of the year” by the European Outsourcing Association (EOA) with Belarus, Fiji and Egypt. The European Outsourcing Association is the centre of excellence for outsourcing in Europe. It is a membership organisation, representing the interests of companies and individuals which span the breadth of the outsourcing industry: buyers, suppliers and advisors. The EOA is committed to advancing the outsourcing profession and improving and growing the outsourcing industry by driving awareness, education, standards and thought...

Sri Lanka IP/BPM industry meets US trade representatives

A visiting US trade delegation led by Assistant US Trade Representative for South and Central Asia, Michael J. Delaney and Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, Arun M. Kumar visited Orion City IT Park, Sri Lanka’s first IT park established as a privately owned venture with developed space for use by IT and IT enabled companies in Colombo last week. The delegation met private sector representatives from the Sri Lanka IT and BPM industry to discuss trade and investment opportunities between both countries...

Fueling entrepreneurial youth culture with Startup Sri Lanka Next Generation

Continuing its ground-breaking efforts to develop a vibrant domestic entrepreneurial culture, Startup Sri Lanka recently concluded the first in a series of workshops under the Start Up Sri Lanka Next Generation program; teaching young Sri Lankans about the power of problem solving and design thinking to spark disruptive innovation. The two-day workshop which was organised in collaboration with MiddyFund Inc NYC, was aimed at providing young Sri Lankans with the tools necessary to build a social-entrepreneurial mind-set, spanning conceptualisation of ideas into design and execution....

Capital and affordable workspaces biggest hurdles for start-ups

Over 50% of the Sri Lankan start-up community feels that inadequate funding opportunities and lack of affordable workspaces are key challenges to growing their businesses, according to a recent study. The ‘Sri Lanka Start-up Ecosystem Report’ compiled by the SLASSCOM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum is the first-ever comprehensive study to assess the nature and structure of the start-up economy in the country.According to the study, the local start-up scene is rapidly expanding with 55% of the companies already generating early or growing revenues. SLASSCOM projects that the local IT...

University of Peradeniya hosts IT and BPM conferences aiming to build national capacity and industry specific skills

A capacity building programme for the IT/BPM industry wouldn’t be complete without engaging the undergraduates who are anticipating to learn from the industry leaders itself. Hence the two conferences each focusing on the IT and BPM industries as a part of the Kandy IT/BPM Week aimed at providing future leaders of the country on the skills they need to acquire to enter the industry and the trends they need to watch out for which are disrupting the way we live and run organisations. The events were hosted by University of Peradeniya, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Arts....

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Interactive workshop for entrepreneurs and exporters in Kandy

The Kandy IT/BPM Week’s event focusing on entrepreneurs and exporters, organised by SLASSCOM together with Export Development Board (EDB), was held on 11 June at Queen’s Hotel, Kandy. The first half of the event focused on how exporters could leverage through the existing ecosystem to grow their businesses and take their products to the global marketplace. Case studies and success stories were shared with 200 exporters and entrepreneurs who attended the event, providing them insights to challenges, opportunities and support available in the country. Current market potential...

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