“Disrupt Asia 2018” set to ignite Sri Lanka’s start-up landscape

Monday, 16 July 2018 Features

Disrupt Asia 2018, the 3rd edition of Sri Lanka's Premier Start-up Conference and Innovation Festival, is set to take place on  August 11, 2018 at the Trace – Expert City from 4pm to midnight.


According to astatement  the event is to be Organized by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), the event is supported by the Ministry of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment, International Partner- IKT Norge, Knowledge Partner- PWC, Supporting Partners GIZ Sri Lanka andTrace – Expert City, Payments Partner – PayHere, Volunteer Partner – GudPpl, Eco System Partner – SLASSCOM, Makerspace Partner – Igniter Space, Social Innovation Partner UNDP Sri Lanka and Hosting Partner Calcey Technologies.


Disrupt Asia 2018 is the third edition of this event and will stay true to its theme of entrepreneurship the notable difference this year is the addition of an “Innovation Festival”. This festival will showcase innovations from different fields and for different demographics to promote the innovation ecosystem which is a key pillar of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).


The Conference will consist of 4 main sections – Main Stage, Stage Two, Investor Forum and Workshops - that will take place in parallel. The Main Stage will kick-off with an Opening Keynote by Glenn Robinson - Managing Director of XLr8 Andhra Pradesh Technology Business Accelerator (University of Texas at Austin extension), followed by presentations by local and foreign experts on varioustopics. These will be followed by the Disrupt Asia 2018 Start-up Battle Grand Finale and the Closing Keynote by Nick Marino Jr – Director of Social Change at TangoTab, a social start-up based out of Texas, USA.

The Start-up Battle is a competition where entrepreneurs will pitch their start-up and the top 3 selected in the preliminary rounds will pitch at the Grand Finale of the Disrupt Asia Start-up Battle on the Main Stage of Disrupt Asia.

The winners of the Disrupt Asia 2018 Start-up Battle will receive cash prizes and the chance to participate in the Oslo Innovation Week 2018 in September.Applications for the Startup Battle are now open at www.disruptasia.today/startupbattle.

“Disrupt Asia 2018” set to ignite Sri Lanka’s start-up landscape