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...

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...

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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...

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...

Astonishing response from schools at Future Careers event in Kandy

Kandy IT/BPM Week hosted a Future Careers event, an initiative by SLASSCOM, focused on building capacity for the IT/BPM industry in Sri Lanka, on 10 June at Ranabima Royal College, Gannoruwa with the participation of 2,500 students.  The event was supported by the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) and the ICT branch of the Ministry of Education. The program included a seminar to create awareness about the knowledge service industry and the career opportunities available for these future leaders. The students were provided the opportunity to speak to the...

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Kandy IT/BPM week to reach out to Lankan undergraduates

Understanding the importance of creating lasting ties between the flourishing IT/BPM industry and Lankan undergraduates, the Kandy BPM conference and Kandy IT conference will take place on the second and third days of the Kandy IT/BPM week respectively, with the aim of bringing together top industry professionals and students. IT and BPM conferences geared towards educating students on industry opportunities. The two conferences will feature a line-up of some of Sri Lanka’s leading thought leaders and entrepreneurs in the IT/BPM sector, representing top local and...

Kandy IT/BPM Week 2016

In a move to create a much-needed IT/BPM capacity, the Industry is advocating the creation of regional cities and bring about inclusive growth in the country. Kandy IT/BPM Week is one such initiative, which will be held from10th to 12th of June 2016, organized by SLASSCOM, supported by the Export Development Board (EDB), Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).  Kandy IT/BPM week - An initiative to build regional skill capacity to support the growth of the country’s IT/BPM industry. The program will showcase ICT...

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