ABOUT

CIMA Launch Pad is a business incubator/ Accelerator in the form of a competition, organized annually by the CIMA youth Ambassadors since 2014 with the aim of providing young entrepreneurs with opportunity to amass the necessary skills, build confidence, expand networks and to use it as a platform to forge partnerships.


What did the participants get out of CIMA Launch Pad 2016?

A member from the winning team was handed over a golden opportunity to attend SLUSH, held in Helsinki, Finland. For those of you who don’t know what SLUSH is, it is a one of the biggest startup events in the world and probably the biggest in Europe.

The finalists received a startup bundle which consisted of:

  1. Consultancy from PwC, Our Knowledge Partner
  2. Market research by Nielsen, One of our Startup bundle contributors.
  3. Re branding and marketing consultancy by Response Marketing, One of our Startup bundle contributors.
  4. Startup Loan Facilities for all for teams by HNB, One of our Startup bundle contributors.
The top ten teams were taken through multiple workshops which equipped the participants with the knowhow and covered all aspects of starting and scaling up of a business.

The teams were assigned Industry experts as mentors and provided the teams with invaluable tips and tricks of the trade and officially mentored to the point of pitching on the demo day. Most teams have in fact told us that it didn’t stop there and they are still in touch with their assigned mentors, mentoring them to this date!

What did the participants get out of CIMA Launch Pad 2016?

A member from the winning team was handed over a golden opportunity to attend SLUSH, held in Helsinki, Finland. For those of you who don’t know what SLUSH is, it is a one of the biggest startup events in the world and probably the biggest in Europe.

The finalists received a startup bundle which consisted of:

  1. Consultancy from PwC, Our Knowledge Partner
  2. Market research by Nielsen, One of our Startup bundle contributors.
  3. Re branding and marketing consultancy by Response Marketing, One of our Startup bundle contributors.
  4. Startup Loan Facilities for all for teams by HNB, One of our Startup bundle contributors.
The top ten teams were taken through multiple workshops which equipped the participants with the knowhow and covered all aspects of starting and scaling up of a business.

The teams were assigned Industry experts as mentors and provided the teams with invaluable tips and tricks of the trade and officially mentored to the point of pitching on the demo day. Most teams have in fact told us that it didn’t stop there and they are still in touch with their assigned mentors, mentoring them to this date!

What will the participants get out of
CIMA Launch Pad 2017?

You’ve read through what we gave out in 2016. This year we promise everything will be bigger and better!
From the startup bundle to the workshops! Everything!

CIMA Launch Pad 2017 will offer startup bundles for its finalists that will be monumental in continuing in their startup journey instead of simply tempting the startups with a cash prize. We believe that equipping the teams with resources is a much more effective way to encourage them to continue the journey and to become the next generation of industry disruptors.

Timeline

REGISTRATION CLOSE

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ELEVATOR PITCH SESSION

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WORKSHOP - 01

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WORKSHOP - 02

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WORKSHOP - 03

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GRAND FINALE

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Propellant

testimonials

Next Bus

When Team Octave signed up for Launch pad, we were a bunch of tech enthusiasts ready to innovate for the betterment of everyone. But we had no idea of how to face the business world and to launch the product successfully to the market. Correct guidance, mentorship, access to potential investors were all given together for us, through this business incubator model build by CIMA Launch pad. Their workshops, startup platform have brought us together as a company, who is now working with relevant authorities, striving hard to flourish in the market. CIMA Launch pad was in fact a great experience and we wish all the best for CIMA Launchpad 2017

Octave

IWrap

Building an innovation with the technical expertise is nothing. But adding business essence into it is much challenging when it step into the real market. CIMA Launch Pad was the best arena for us to learn about the business aspect of a startup that techies never come across

Team SAS Ninja Labs

Spec Buddy

CIMA Launchpad 2016 was very well executed in every aspect and provided all participants invaluable experience. The various workshops, mentorship programs and the ‘startup bundles’, made Launchpad very different from other hackathons/incubator programs. We would say Launchpad had a massive impact in taking our startup to the next level.

Team Wild Cards

Yeti Isotonic Energy Drink (A finalist of CIMA LP 2015)

CIMA Launchpad provides a great framework to evaluate the feasibility of a new business venture. We entered the program with a splendid concept; however, through the process, the mentors and judges helped us identify that the project was not financially viable and that there were potential pitfalls. This eye-opening experience was a stepping stone in setting up my next venture; Yeti Isotonic, which was successfully launched to the market within a year.

Dr. Dilshan Balasuriya
 

FAQ’s

 
A working prototype the product / service platform (it could be an App, website, Device, etc) or detailed findings resulting from primary research study on the product / service platform which can be used as a proof of concept that gives a comprehensive understanding to the judges. The extent of work carried out in terms of having a tangible prototype would help participants benefit from the programs through CIMA Launch Pad.
The partners of CIMA Launch Pad has always showcased a very high level of professionalism and good faith that resonates with the CIMA brand name and their partners who operate globally. Initially the first few stages of the competition will be behind closed doors before they are opened to investors and strategic partners at the grand finale. At this point the teams behind the business startups will be known for their businesses which will preserve the originality of the business to the respective team.
CIMA Launch Pad is committed towards transforming raw businesses and young business startups into successful business startups that grow with seed funding and strategic partnerships. The various benefits which have been developed for the winners as a result of the synergies that have been developed through robust partnerships will be disclosed to the participants once the business startup incubation has begun as the organizers do not intend to market the event by using the winnings as a selling point. Last years’ Start up bundle can be viewed here
The incubation program has been structured with selected partners to help benefit the CIMA Launch Pad participants in a multitude of pivotal elements that are considered the crux of a business startup. And we have the best in the business world to help you in these respective elements. In addition to that CIMA Launch Pad also introduces you to various investors with various backgrounds. Regardless of the fact that you are winner you have the opportunity to meet your strategic partner!
Yes. It can be a social enterprise as long as it fits into the verticals of the categories mentioned in the registration forms.

FAQ’s

A working prototype the product / service platform (it could be an App, website, Device, etc) or detailed findings resulting from primary research study on the product / service platform which can be used as a proof of concept that gives a comprehensive understanding to the judges. The extent of work carried out in terms of having a tangible prototype would help participants benefit from the programs through CIMA Launch Pad.
The partners of CIMA Launch Pad has always showcased a very high level of professionalism and good faith that resonates with the CIMA brand name and their partners who operate globally. Initially the first few stages of the competition will be behind closed doors before they are opened to investors and strategic partners at the grand finale. At this point the teams behind the business startups will be known for their businesses which will preserve the originality of the business to the respective team.
CIMA Launch Pad is committed towards transforming raw businesses and young business startups into successful business startups that grow with seed funding and strategic partnerships. The various benefits which have been developed for the winners as a result of the synergies that have been developed through robust partnerships will be disclosed to the participants once the business startup incubation has begun as the organizers do not intend to market the event by using the winnings as a selling point. Last years’ Start up bundle can be viewed here
The incubation program has been structured with selected partners to help benefit the CIMA Launch Pad participants in a multitude of pivotal elements that are considered the crux of a business startup. And we have the best in the business world to help you in these respective elements. In addition to that CIMA Launch Pad also introduces you to various investors with various backgrounds. Regardless of the fact that you are winner you have the opportunity to meet your strategic partner!
Yes. It can be a social enterprise as long as it fits into the verticals of the categories mentioned in the registration forms.

Registration

Applications are Open now!
Please download the entry form and submit it

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Partners

Contact Us

Anushka Godakandage
Project Chairperson

+94 77 132 8931
[email protected]

Aatiqah Jayah
Project Co-Chairperson

+94 77 770 6300
[email protected]

Romario Schokman
Project Co-Chairperson

+94 77 883 0341
[email protected]

Mohammed Shakir Shibthy
President

+94 77 139 3949
[email protected]ail.com

Sashini Weerasinghe
Vice President

+94 77 868 1830
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CIMASS Committee 2017