Tuesday, 17 July 2018

YBTER Congress 2017: Disruptive Tech Start-Up Opportunities in Sri Lanka

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he Students’ Association of Business and Technology (ABT) of the Department of Commerce and Financial Management (DCFM), University of Kelaniya recently hosted the Young Business Technology and Entrepreneurial Researchers (YBTER) Congress for the 6th consecutive year under the theme of “In Search of Disruptive tech start-up opportunities in Sri Lanka”. This event was successfully held on the 13th of July 2017 at the Sunil Shantha Memorial Auditorium of the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies (FCMS), as a competition among four groups of undergraduates who are reading for the Bachelor of Commerce Special Degree in Business Technology. The congress enabled the undergraduates to identify the potential tech start-up opportunities in Sri Lanka and to introduce innovative solutions.

During the congress, three mobile apps and 1 website developed by the teams were presented and subsequently the products were being evaluated by a panel of judges. The products were evaluated under several criteria i.e. Creativity, Value Creation (usability), Market Potential, Innovativeness, Finishing and Packaging. The “E Donor” team won the prize for the Best Product, while “Busko” Team won the prize for the Most Popular Product which was selected through a sms poll by the audience. The rest of other competitors were awarded with certificates for participation.

This event was graced by Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice Chancellor of the University as the Chief Guest, Dr. P.N.D. Fernando, the Dean of the FCMS, as the Guest of Honour, and Mr. Prasanna Liyanage, the Managing Director of Reflexions Holding (Pvt) Ltd as the key-note speaker. The event was spearheaded by the lecturers and the undergraduates of the DCFM, and was sponsored by Abans Plc. Being radical rather conventional this initiative by YBTER has marked an evolutionary milestone in the university education.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 August 2017 04:48


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