Organised by the FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH in cooperation with the Sri Lankan Consulate Frankfurt Export Development Board, Sri Lanka and Mainstage Hub “Frankfurt Meets Srilanka” is an event focused on discussing the startup landscape in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main region to uplift Sri Lanka about opportunities to explore in FRM and expand their footprint in Europe.
Sri Lanka’s innovation & startup ecosystem is evolving rapidly, they are transitioning into a competitive, resilient, & progressive global market. The past decade has seen rapid growth of the Sri Lankan startup ecosystem and forecasts suggest a 50% hike in new innovations for the coming year.
Much of this potential remains to be explored. The technical talent coming from Sri Lanka has continually impressed and highlighted the vast potential of the island nation. Sri Lanka has established a reputation for strong technical products, albeit rarely in the spotlight.
The “Frankfurt Meets Sri Lanka Dialog Event” is a first of its kind initiative to empower these high potential startups. We believe that a unicorn coming from Sri Lanka isn’t far away from the realm of possibility. But like many emerging ecosystems, the gaps between global players and emerging companies need to be addressed. The Sri Lankan ecosystem needs a few good unicorn success stories to fire everyone’s imagination. And that’s one of the primary motives behind this event.
Dr Kasturi Dadhe, FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH says, “The exposure to International Markets, especially the Greater Frankfurt Region with its vibrant international IT and fintech landscape, will definitely boost the Sri Lankan businesses and increase their visibility not only in Germany but in Europe too”.
“Frankfurt Meets Sri Lanka: Dialog On Vibrant IT Ecosystems”, organised by the FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH in cooperation with the Sri Lankan Consulate Frankfurt Export Development Board, Sri Lanka and Mainstage Hub is an event focused on discussing the startup landscape in the Frankfurt Rhein-Main region to uplift Sri Lanka about opportunities to explore in FRM and expand their footprint in Europe. Essentially a dialogue to exchange ideas and propositions that will elevate Sri Lankan startups and also talk about the benefit these startups will provide FRM.
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka was established on the 4th of June, 2007 in Frankfurt am Main.
The Mission was shifted from Bonn to Frankfurt with a view to serve the very large German/Sri Lankan expatriate community in consular activities as well as to enhance connectivity, given the tremendous potential in increasing bilateral trade in Germany.
Swen Wegner (CEO & Founder, Mainstage Hub) spoke about their association with this initiative, “We have worked with a lot of Sri Lankan startups before, their strength is their technical knowledge but from what I have experienced, their expertise lies in “what” they are building as opposed to “why” and there is a major product-market-fit problem they are facing. This is where this event and Frankfurt Rhein-Main can help these highly-vetted startups really scale and grow”. He added, “Mainstage Hub is really proud to be associated with this event and we are looking forward to adding some valuable insight.”
This initiative is the birth of a new chapter and relationship between Sri Lanka and the Frankfurt Rhein-Main region and the first step to an ever-evolving relationship with many more events of the same nature to encourage Sri Lankan startups to explore and expand their solutions in the FRM Region and for the people from the FRM region to get introduced to the trends in IT in the emerging Sri Lankan global startup community.
Date:- 27th October, Wednesday
Time:- 10:30–11:30 CET (14:00–15:00 SL Time)
- WELCOME NOTE BY MS. CHITRANJALI DISSANAYAKE — DIRECTOR-GENERAL/EDB
- OPENING REMARKS BY MS. M.E.M. WENINGER/CONSUL GENERAL — SRI LANKA CONSULATE IN FRANKFURT
- INTRODUCTORY REMARKS AND BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE FRANKFURT RHEIN-MAIN REGION BY DR. KASTURI DADHE AND TEAM
- INTRODUCTION TO MAINSTAGE HUB BY Swen Wegner (CEO & Co-Founder)
- OVERVIEW OF GERMAN STARTUP ECOSYSTEM & BEST PRACTICES CASE STUDIES
- INTRODUCTION TO SRI LANKAN COMPANIES
- VOTE OF THANKS BY EDB
Event Host:- Vajira Kularathna — ESD
Written By:- Shafique Fakih (Mainstage Hub)