On the side-lines of Sri Lanka’s premier start up conference and showcase Disrupt Asia 2017, another key gathering to be held is the ‘Investor Strategy Round Table’ bringing together interested early-stage and seasoned investors for a day of thought-leadership debate and networking.
This unique forum is organised through the collaborative efforts of the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), Crowdisland and Edison International.
Crowdisland is Sri Lanka’s first equity crowd funding platform. As a digital solution, it aims to connect start-ups with investors.
The sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to gain access to internationally recognized resources and best practices for successfully investing in tech start-ups. Participants will also be able to exchange ideas and benefit from a line-up of engaging and informative talks with seasoned investors, local leaders and start-up entrepreneurs.
The forum also presents new and exciting investment opportunities for early-stage investors drawn to promising entrepreneurs capable of developing a progressive nation. Angel investors and high net-worth individuals interested in funding start-ups, corporate venture capital executives interested in extending or diversifying their portfolios to include start-ups and corporate accelerator managers who are supporting industry specific start-ups should also attend this strategic event.
The session will cover a range of thought-provoking debates, panel discussions and topics including an ‘introduction to Vision for the Ecosystem, Local Investor storytelling, Investor Metrics: Linking numbers and non-quantifiables, the myths and mundane of 80 percent of the venture capital in the world - originating from Silicon Valley, unicorns and the truth of best practices, and investor speed dating.
The organisers of the investor forum have assembled an impressive and influential line-up including investors and entrepreneurs as speakers providing further opportunities to network and connect with the thought leaders and deal makers offering an unequalled return on investment for all in attendance.
Commenting on the forum, Orion City CEO Jeevan Gnanam, said, “Knowledge is gained from experiences both good and bad. Venture investing is the art of taking that knowledge and continuously honing and sharping it to catch that ‘whale’.”
Speakers joining the event include Jeevan Gnanam, the founding visionary of Orion City, CEO of Anton, Founding Director of Providence BPO, Founder SA Knowledge Services, Vice Chairman SLASSCOM and an Angel Investor in Sri Lanka, Daniel Goldman, Founder, Investor, Mentor and Speaker. Goldman built Inner Circle and SimCity, followed by Total Entertainment network purchased by Electronic Arts, known today as POGO.
Cheryl Edison, Founder, Business Innovation Advisor and Go-to-Market Strategist, respected for advising multinational corporations, government leaders, investors and start-up entrepreneurs, Kevin Petrovic, Founder, Investor, and Speaker ranked by Forbes in the 30 Under 30, as the youngest entrepreneurs ever to raise US$20 million in venture capital, Prajeeth Balasubramaniam, Founder of Lankan Angel Network, Founding Partner and Managing Director of Blue Ocean Ventures Sri Lanka and General Partner at BOV Ventures Singapore and Chalinda Abeykoon, CEO of Crowdisland.