As an agent of change, technology has permeated all corners of the globe—including the island nation of Sri Lanka. 2016 has been an especially crucial year for the country of 20+ million, 23% of which is comprised of youth and young adults.
A rising young, tech-savvy population will invariably position this South Asian nation at the forefront of global innovation in the months and years to come. The following are 13 tech startups from Sri Lanka you need to know in 2016.
Ikman.lk is the largest free online marketplace in Sri Lanka—users can buy/sell everything from used cars to mobile phones and computers. The website also features local property listings and job openings.
iHelmet has developed a smart helmet featuring mobile device connectivity via Bluetooth and a myriad of sensors for improving rider safety and awareness.
Developed by Techkitez, a startup focused on solutions for the transportation sector, BusSeat.lk is the largest platform for reserving/purchasing bus tickets in Sri Lanka. Purchases are made online using a variety of payment methods (e.g., Visa/Mastercard/Amex, debit card, eZ Cash, and mCash) and tickets are issued via SMS.
PickMe is an transportation app for booking rides in Sri Lanka. The service features instant reservations for different types of taxis, GPRS-based location pickups, special trip and tour packages, metered fares and card/cash payments, and more.
Takas.lk is Sri Lanka’s largest online lifestyle store, offering a range of products at a discount—with many available for same day delivery. The company was the first to introduce cash on delivery (COD) payment to the region and accepts standard credit card payment methods (Visa/Mastercard and Amex).
Findmyfare.com is a travel booking platform for booking airfare, hotels, and vacation packages online. The service features searching/comparing of flights as well as access to daily travel promotions.
Wild Trails is a online platform for booking luxury safari and exotic travel packages. Accommodations combine the best of nature and hotel luxury into one, with safari lodges in the wild equipped with well apportioned rooms, bathrooms/showers with toiletries, air conditioning, and more.
CV.lk is an employment website for searching and posting job opportunities. Job seekers can post their CVs online and respond to listings for both local and foreign job openings.
24x7techies.com is a online tech support service targeting small/medium businesses (SMBs). The offering features one-click unlimited tech support, access to Microsoft Certified Professionals, and a 30-Day money back guarantee.
A subsidiary of the Csquare Holdings, a customized software solutions provider, Parttimejobs.lk is the first and only website dedicated to finding part-time online job opportunities in Sri Lanka.
Hanthana is an open source Linux-based (Fedora) operating system developed by Sri Lankans. The package features an array of bundled software including office productivity applications like LibreOffice and graphics suites like Blender and GIMP.
Trekurious is an online service for booking curated experiential tours, activities, and events with amazing hosts—from exclusive dinners with Michelin-rated chefs to city explorations/adventures with authors who have written books on the area(s) in question.
Katha is a mobile platform for creating, delivering, and sharing voice content and audio messages. Use cases for the app include voice messaging in place of typing, audio based ask-and-answer, podcasting, and 2-way secure work communications.
Threadsol has developed an enterprise material management platform for the manufacturing industry that enables firms to save up to 10% off the cost of materials. The company has offices in Colombo, Delhi, Bangalore, Turkey, Dhaka, and Singapore.
Omak’s VDine is a web and mobile platform for streamlining restaurant operations. The solution is a fully integrated suite of tools for minimizing costs and mitigating mismanagement practices in restaurant management.
In short, these 15 Sri Lankan startups are just a few examples of promising ventures hailing from the region. Be sure to keep this country’s tech entrepreneurs in your sights—the best is certainly yet to come from this island nation of young innovators.