Two unique Sri Lankan start-ups, SenzMate and oDoc, which use technology to do business, recently won the Slush 2017 Sri Lankan competition and the two winners will fly to Helsinki, Finland to take part in the Slush global event in November this year, where over 2300 start-ups and at least 1100 investors from across the world are expected to participate.
The local competition was organised this year for a second consecutive year by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), with the objective of finding the best impact oriented start-ups in the country.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a programme created in collaboration with the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Finland and other multiple partners globally. The purpose is to support impact-driven start-ups and showcase the exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges.
In addition, the programme focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards impactful business.
GIA 2017 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing and build long-lasting networks. The programme includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki BootCamp programme from November 25 to December 2, 2017 culminating in Slush.
SenzMate is a Sri Lankan-based Internet of things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions company that provides end-to-end solutions for enterprise applications with 100 percent local knowledge and state-of-the-art innovation. The start-up offers the best of breed solutions and framework that enables IoT communication like no one else offers in the market at present.
SenzMate provides its clients the ability to harness the power of IoT and achieve multi-fold improvement in effectiveness of business processes.
oDoc is an app that connects patients with doctors for video consultation and care. oDoc is unique because if provides medical advice and instant e-prescriptions into the palm of the patient’s hand instantly.
By combining cutting-edge mobile and AI technology with the best clinical expertise, oDoc enables patients to book appointments in seconds, upload photos and lab tests and see a doctor on demand, from wherever they are and whenever they want. oDoc is based in Colombo and was founded by medical doctors, Stanford PhD’s, mathematicians and senior corporate executives.
Senzmate CEO Miller Alexander Rajendran and oDoc Co-Founder and CEO Heshan Fernando will fly to Helsinki, Finland to take part in the global event, which will take place from November 30 to December 1.
The winners at the Sri Lankan competition were adjudged following a gruelling judging process and in two rounds. During the first round, start-ups were asked to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from the industry. The judges subsequently shortlisted three of the best start-ups based on the Slush Global Impact Accelerator selection criteria and subsequently the Slush final selection committee, in Helsinki selected the best two Sri Lankan start-ups after conducting live interviews. A total of 33 local start-ups took part in the pitching event, which was held in September this year in Colombo.