Are You Ready For The Disruption?

Disrupt Asia 2017 Kicks off July 12th 2017 @ Hilton Colombo

Disrupt Asia is a startup conference organized by ICTA, which was held for the first time in Sri Lanka in 2016 and saw many innovative startups and influential personalities in the tech scene come to the fore. Last year, being the first time the event was held, expectations were high and the event managed to surpass expectations and deliver an exciting glimpse into Sri Lanka’s brilliant minds and vibrant startup scene.

The event is scheduled to be held on the 12th of July 2017 at the Hilton Colombo and a number of talented speakers are scheduled to share their life experiences and talk about the tricks of their trades. Disrupt Asia 2017 will provide a great platform through which the people behind the tech startups of the day and industry experts from all over the world can share ideas and gain insights from each other, with a key focus on how to make a start-up successful.

Disrupt Asia will also provide an opportunity for any startup that is interested to attend the event as an exhibitor, be part of the Startup Exhibition and exhibit their products and services. Visitors to the event will get a chance to meet with these pioneers and share ideas.

Along with the panel of speakers, an investor forum will also be held to give potential investors an opportunity to clearly understand the investment opportunities that are available in this area. Encouraging investment and the ability for new comers to appeal to investors is essential if we are to see the Sri Lankan startup scene flourish and make globally resounding waves.

In addition to the investor forum, there are many workshops that are planned on various topics from mastering the lean canvas, becoming investor ready, digital marketing and understanding legalities as they pertain to startups. An academic workshop targeted at the management teams of public and private universities is also planned.

The most thrilling spectacle of Disrupt Asia 2017 is likely to be the Startup Battle, which will be hosted this year by Hemas Slingshot. The competition will see startups get up on stage and pitch ideas to a panel of judges through multiple rounds of the competition.

The startups that are shortlisted will be invited to participate at the semi-finals to be held at the Edulink International Campus. The three finalists at the semi-final will pitch their ideas at the Disrupt Asia 2017 itself and the winner will receive a cash price of LKR 200,000/- and a co-working space for 6 months. The runners up will receive a cash prize of LKR 100,000/- and a co-working space for 3 months.

Registrations for the Startup Battle and slots for exhibitors are still open and it’s still not too late to send yours in. For more information about the event, tickets and how to be a part of it click here.

Disrupt Asia 2017 is set to be a smelting pot of talent, ideas, passion and drive. If you have even the slightest interest in tech businesses, products and services then this is a not-to-miss event. We can’t wait to see what this year’s event has in store and be a part of the action.

Tell us what you think about Disrupt Asia 2017 in the comments below.

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