Disrupt Asia 2019 – Sri Lanka’s Premier Startup Conference and Innovation Festival organized by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka since 2016 promoting entrepreneurship, policy, innovation and startups.
The conference has two keynotes by eminent startup personalities and five panel discussions. Inspiration and knowledge sharing to an audience of 1000 plus. Each year Disrupt Asia has a theme aligning to global trends. This year is about Augmented Living.
A pitching competition where shortlisted startups can pitch and win prizes. An eminent panel consisting of local and foreign experts are there as judges.
This comprises of the startup showcase, art installations and digital activations. The startup showcase will provide the opportunity for selected startups to showcase their offering to the attendees of Disrupt Asia.
Promoters and Ecosystem builders from various countries will be meeting to share challenges and experiences.
I was lucky enough to attend the 2018 event and be part of a panel of local and international start-up professionals to discuss how startup entrepreneurs can maximize lessons from failure.
I was absolutely blown away by the hospitality and talent present in the Sri Lankan ecosystem, and ICTA lays an integral role in fostering that. This includes its flagship event, Disrupt Asia. The team at ICTA do an incredible job producing a world-class event, with the right mixture of seriousness and fun, and stunning presentation. Because of DA, I was able to create invaluable linkages with the start-up community in Sri Lanka, and am pursuing multiple avenues for collaboration between Lankan start-ups and entrepreneurs and Bangladesh.For anyone interested in Sri Lanka or working in start-ups regionally, Disrupt Asia is a can't miss event in their calendar.
Sri-Lanka has always had a community of people who support each other through decades of warm Hospitality. Due to this the Startup Eco-System is a very open & friendly one where founders & communities support each other in business. Disrupt Asia, which is the premier startup convention in Sri-Lanka and is with no-doubt the best platform for founders to collaborate and open up opportunities. With IgniterSpace, I was able to meet several people who helped us grow into international markets. In the year 2017 we met with a Tech Entrepreneur from the US who gave us access to the US Embassy in SL and we now manage all their education related grants in the American Center.
In the year 2018 we met Nirjhor who is the CEO of BD Angels in Bangladesh. Nirjhor helped IgniterSpace to do their first international expansion to his country. I believe Disrupt Asia will keep on unlocking great opportunities for IgniterSpace as well as all your Startups! I highly encourage you all to participate at this event as it will enable you to definitely DISRUPT ASIA!
Disrupt Asia not only shone a spotlight on unique startups in Sri Lanka but it also introduced Techstars to a talented and growing community of Sri Lankan investors, and corporate supporters; all indicators of the future prosperity of a startup ecosystem.
We were extremely fortunate to have connected with oDoc founder Heshan Fernando on a panel at Disrupt Asia, starting a relationship which resulted in a historic first. oDoc is the first Sri Lankan team to be accepted into a Techstars accelerator.
Participating in Disrupt Asia changed the course of our company. At the event, we connected with Ray Newal, the MD of Techstars India. It was this chance encounter that led us to be selected for the Techstars Bangalore Program.
The Techstars Program was a perfect gateway to India. It helped us formulate our strategy and provided us with the network required to start and grow our India operation.