5 Reasons Why You Should Attend ‘Startup Weekend Colombo’


It’s happening again! 3months back, the first ever startup weekend in Sri Lanka took place in Jaffna, 400km away from Colombo. The whole concept of a hackathon was new to Jaffna, but the event was a great success and happened to be a generator of so many great ideas. (Hats off to Sharanyan and the team!)

So what is Startup Weekend? Basically, the concept of SW is that individuals hoping to begin a startup, and individuals with potential and enthusiasm to be a part of a startup, endeavour to make something creative happen over the course of a weekend!

If you are still on the fence, unable to decide whether or not to participate in it, have a glance at the following 5 reasons to see why you should participate in the Startup Weekend in Colombo next week.

As a startup ourselves, SW Colombo is special for us at ShoutOUT too, and it’s much more special because we are the messaging partner for the event.

1. Colombo is ready

It’s a widely known fact that Sri Lanka is producing great IT talent in the world. Yes! Sri Lanka will be making the best startups in the world very soon. And this is the best time to go for your own startup in Colombo. Over the last two years, there were lots of startup activities happening in Sri Lanka. The number of startups coming out is increasing, investment opportunities are growing and coworking spaces are building. It’s growing fast! So if you miss this buzz, you will miss it forever.

Wanna explore more about Sri Lankan startup ecosystem? Here you go.

2. Validate your idea within 54 hours

“It’s not about ideas, it’s about making ideas happen.”

9 out of 10 startups fail due to many different reasons, but the main reason is that they do not have paying customers — because most startups do not meet the demands of the customers. Anyway, the good news is that if you participate in the startup weekend this time, you can validate your ideas faster. Yeah! Within 54 hours, how does that sound?

First you can pitch your idea to the audience and you will get votes for it — this is the initial validation. If your idea gets selected, you have to do lots of work. You will also go through several stages throughout the hackathon. First you will validate the problem, go out the building and meet your real customers, come up with your minimum viable product and build it. On the final day you will demo it to the panel of judges.

3. Great Mentors

“Most people never get a chance to meet a bunch of people who’ve done it before and get some real unbiased advice” — Robert Herjavec, Shark Tank

One of the best aspects of Startup Weekend is the great line up of mentors. SW Colombo team has done it nicely. There will be mentors from early stage startup founders to experts in different domains. And you will get the rare opportunities to talk to all of the mentors at one place. Isn’t that awesome? Don’t forget to keep in touch with them after the event too, because they have very good connections with people who might actually be your mentor. Who knows?

Found out more about SW Colombo mentors here.

4. Meet Amazing People

Startups are more than just about an idea — it’s more about the team behind it. Startup Weekend is a great place to find your co-founder and co-workers. The people who visit SW are serious about building and learning new stuff. So inspire them, get their collaboration to make your startup idea a success.

The amazing bunch at Startup Weekend Jaffna — Photo Courtesy : ReadME

5. It’s fun

Building a startup is not another corporate job, its fun. Why? Because you do something you love! At startup weekend you will meet a bunch of new people with interests similar to yours and it’s definitely loads of fun to spend 2 days with them. You laugh, share jokes, eat, drink, have a good time. YES! You will get free food and lots of coffee.

Bonus Tip

Participating in Startup Weekend will give you instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed! And we have some special offers from ShoutOUT too :).

What more are you waiting for? Get registered now!