A very important zoom meeting was held regarding the "IT Industry expansion opportunities within Uva Province" with the participation of few key personalities from IT sector in Sri Lanka. The participants were from Trace Expert City Leadership, Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), SLASSCOM Sri Lanka & Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB). The participants included, Dr. Sankalpa Gamwarige, The CEO at Zone24x7 Dr. Eranga Perera Mr. Kusal Subasinghe, The Director at CodeGen International Mr. Prasad Samarasinghe, The Managing Director at Lanka Bell Limited Mr. Gemunu Senanayake, The CEO at Maradana Trace Expert City Mr. Haridhu Abeygoonaratne, The Managing Director at SimCentric Technologies Sri Lanka | Board Director at SLASSCOM Sri Lanka Ms. Achali Kavindya, The Manager Corporate & Public Relations at Orel IT OIT (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Sachindra Samararatne, The Program Manager at Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Mrs. Indumini Kodikara, The Program Manager at ICTA Mrs. Nevindaree Premarathne, The Project Manager at ICTA Mrs. Manoja Dissanayake, Acting Director at Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) Mrs. Vajira Kularathna, Assistant Director at EDB Mrs. Ravindi Ranaraja, Assistant Director at EDB Mr. Nuwan Weerasinghe - Senior Manager at Zone24x7 Mr. Dhammika Marasinghe - Senior Software Engineer at Maturify Uva Startup Hub presented the scope in Uva province. Very valuable thoughts were added by the industry experts. The expansion plan will be upgraded with all these factors. We are really grateful to all those who participated and contributed to the valuable meeting.
Uva Startup Hub, the Information Technology industry unity of Uva Province powered by the IT companies, Start-ups and Online Freelancers derived a 5 years expansion plan for Information Technology industry in Uva Province. This expansion plan was presented to the President of Badulla District Coordinating Committee, honourable parliamentarian Major Sudarshana Denipitiya on Monday the 16th of November at LiveRoom (Pvt) Ltd - Research and Development Centre, Bandarawela. Honourable parliamentaria was really convinced about the grooming industry in Uva province. He promised to give his fullest support and also to take the attention of His Excellency the President Gotabhaya Rajapakshe, as the IT industry is under the president. As the Uva Startup Hub we are really grateful to the honourable parliamentarian for giving us an opportunity to present our plan, during his busy schedules.
LiveRoom Technology Development Center in Bandarawela opened on Saturday the 4th of July... Uva IT Industry demarcated another milestone with that. LiveRoom is the first IT firm to expand operations from Western Province to Uva Province. LiveRoom is a startup established by Chameera Wijebandara, සමීර නිලුපුල් together with Dr Chandana Gamage in 2015. Five years down the line, it is a 40 member organization catering to a wide range of global clients in Computer Graphic related programming industry. With this step, LiveRoom is now expanded to a multi-provincial establishment with the new Technology Development Center opened in the beautiful city of Bandarawela. With the target of reaching out to the hidden talents and skills in Uva province, giving them the opportunities to bloom. LiveRoom team is excited about this new step and is hoping and working their very best to create great things from their new office premises in Bandarawela. Here are a few captures from the Opening Ceremony with participants from the Educational institutes, Industry and many well wishes in various fields of work! As the Uva Startup Hub, we warmly welcome LiveRoom team to Uva province and looking forward to work collaboratively to take the Uva IT / Technology industry to the next level.
Uva Startup Hub did a presentation to the Vice President Mr. Upendra Pieris & the Manager - Corporate and Public Relations Ms. Achali Kavindya of Orel IT OIT (Pvt) Ltd about the potential in Uva Province for IT / BPM operations. Nirmal Marasinghe, Madusanka Premaratne, Achala Weerasooriya represented the Uva Startup Hub & presented the scope in Uva Province. IT Services division of Export Development Board arranged this conversation and Mrs. Vajira Kularathna & Mr. Dinesh Chinthake Aththanayake represented the same. As the Uva Startup Hub we are really grateful to Orel IT team & EDB team for giving us the opportunity to open up this conversation!
The Annual IT / BPM week jointly organized by Export Development Board, SLASSCOM & ICTA was conducted in December 2019. The Entrepreneurship session of that was held on Saturday the 21st of December 2019 at Capital City Hotel Badulla. Uva Startup Hub actively involved in the promotional campaign of the program and there were more than 120 enthusiastic individuals for the same.From getting your business model and financial operation right, to mentoring and networking with some of the successful entrepreneurs from the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem, here's your opportunity.
Priwoo Labs - The first startup under the guidance of Uva Startup Hub was launched on yesterday the 23rd of Sept 2019. USH Member, a Senior Software Engineer, Nimesha Chinthaka took over the challenge, left his job in Colombo and established Priwoo Labs. USH conducted the "Online Entrepreneurship & Startup Workshop" on Sunday the 21st of April. With that guidance and after a few mentoring sessions with Kosala Sandaruwan, the Co-founder & CEO of Insfra Technologies, Nimesha was able to successfully develop a concept for a "Career Development Platform". This concept will be developed to a final solution under the Priwoo Labs startup.
Full-Stack Developer training program of Uva Startup Hub (USH) was successfully conducted on Saturday the 10th & Sunday the 11th of August 2019 at Insfra Technologies, Badulla. There were 21 trainees for the session. They were given a thorough knowledge about front end and back end development The program was conducted by a resource person of Uva Startup Hub Mr. Nimesha Gunawardhana. He is a Senior Software Engineer. Mr. Nimesha will be establishing the first startup under the Uva Startup Hub by next month. The members for this startup will be selected out of these attendees, after evaluating the performance of a practical test given to them.
The Concept development is one of the most critical steps in startup formation. “Design Thinking” is a five step structured process, which supports the concept development process. The founder of Uva Startup Hub, The founder & CEO of Ceydigital Solutions (Pvt) Ltd and a lecturer at Sabaragamuwa University, Mr. Kalinga Gunawardhana conducted a Design Thinking workshop for the USH members who are focusing on establishing startups. The workshop was conducted with a practical session and a review session!
Forming Startups and developing them to bring foreign currency are the primary objectives of Uva Startup Hub. To initiate this process, the knowledge about online entrepreneurship and startup business is a key prerequisite. The USH core team had several discussions on this regard and developed a curriculum to give the basic knowledge on “Online Entrepreneurship & Startup Business”.
Finally, “The Online Entrepreneurship and Startup Workshop”, was conducted on Sunday the 21st of April and Sunday the 12th of May to a team of selected members. Altogether 41 members participated for the 2 sessions.
A thorough understanding about,
The role of Uva Startup Hub (USH) on Startup formation was given to the valued members, who participated in the session. It was a good eye-opener for the members on the scope of online entrepreneurship. The program was concluded with the next steps to drive towards startups.
are global freelancing plat forms such as Fiverr (www.fiverr.com),
Upwork (www.upwork.com) & Freelancer (www.freelancer.com). These
platforms are proven to be firm income sources across the globe. There
are some expert freelancers among the Uva Startup Hub members, who are
working fulltime and getting a steady income.
After the discussions had with them, Uva Startup Hub core team has realized that Freelancing is also a good concept to promote in Uva Province to bring direct income. With this focus, a Freelancer training program was conducted by the expert freelancers on Saturday the 23 rd of March, Sunday the 24 th of Mar & Sunday the 31 st of March at Insfra Technologies, Badulla.
There were 47 members for the 3 sessions conducted. An overall awareness about the freelancing was given to these valued members with practical sessions. The program was concluded with positive vibes on online freelancing.
online freelancing has become a vibrant income source across the globe.
With that scope, the Uva Startup Hub is planning a freelancing training
program for interested members. A thorough knowledge from profile
creation up until the revenue generation will be given under the
supervision of expert freelancers with practical sessions.
The initial discussion with 5 expert freelancers was held on Monday the 04th of March. These expert freelancers committed to lead the training program with the intension of developing freelancing teams in the future. Thanks a lot, expert freelancers who joined hands with USH to take freelancing in Uva province to the next level.
The Uva Startup Hub Relaunch was successfully conducted on Saturday the 27th of January 2019 with a participation of around 150 members. After the event, an online registration option was given to those who have missed the meetup. There were around 140 online registrations. There was a wide variety of individuals among these members. There were students, professionals, freelancers, startup team members, investors and resource personnel.
So, a thorough understanding about the individuals was essentially needed, before planning the next activities of the Hub. In order to gain a good understanding about the qualifications, experience and skills of each individual, a round of discussions and telephone conversations were conducted. Finally, the members were categorized in to groups based on their expectations from the USH.
The Uva Startup Hub Relaunch meet up was held on Saturday the 27th
of Jan 2019 at Grand Regency Hotel, Badulla. The relaunch was a
great success with the participation of 150 members including few
Most importantly, the pioneering online entrepreneurship company in Uva, the Insfra Technologies team and some investors such as Mr. Al Haj Milhan Sadar of GoPro Consultancy Group joined the Uva Startup Hub at the event. The key note speeches were done by Mr. Janaka Thennakoon, Attorney at Law and leading history tutor; Mr. Kalinga Gunawardhana, Co-Founder / CEO of CeyDigital; Dr. Randil Gajasinghe, Engineer at Intel Inc. USA; Mr. Madusanka Premaratne, COO of Insfra Technologies and Mr. Nirmal Marasinghe, Project Manager at Insfra Technologies.
The key note speeches, all the members were given an opportunity to raise the questions and a lot of important questions were raised regarding Uva Startup Hub and online entrepreneurship. These questions were answered by pioneers in industry. The event was sponsored by Insfra Technologies. Relaunch meetup was concluded with positive vibes about the future of online entrepreneurship in Uva.
The inaugural conference of Uva Startup Hub (USH) was held on 25th of
September 2016 at Hotel Lavenra, Bandarawela. The Uva Startup Hub is a
community gathered with the objective of making Uva province the
Information Technology center of Sri Lanka. The event was graced by 130
participants which included online entrepreneurs, professionals & IT
The key note speeches were done by Mr. Ganindu Nanayakkara, the inventor of iHelmet, Mr. Damith Amarakoon, the Co-Founder / COO of LawEnvoy, Mr. Kalinga Gunawardhana, The Co-Founder of CeyDigital and Mr. Tharindu Dassanayake, the Founder & CEO of Square Mobile.
The event was sponsored by ICTA Sri Lanka.
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