John Keells wants to invest in you.

We’re offering seed funding of Rs. 2.5 million, our conglomerate’s connections, and follow up rounds of up to Rs. 50 million to accelerate your growth. We want to help you grow!

Why JKX?

Early Stage Investment

You get vital early stage investment from a blue-chip investor. Up to 7 teams will get a Rs. 2.5 million investment EACH, for 6.25% of their company and follow up rounds of up to Rs. 50 million.

Not bad for 6 months work!

Training And Support

Each team gets trained on the ‘Disciplined Entrepreneurship’ framework created by Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. Winners also get customized training focused on Growth and Scale, expert advice from Europe’s first growth hacking academy and mentorship from John Keells.

Connections

You will have direct access to our Group’s businesses, employees and other connections. You could use our customers, channels, systems and data to test your MVP’s and iterate. Attracting customers, investors, and talent is much easier with Sri Lanka’s top conglomerate in your corner.
It’s also easier to explain to your parents 🙂

How it works

Apply

By February 6th, send a quick application and video to introduce your team and your idea. We’ll select around 30 teams.

Prepare To Pitch

Get trained on ‘Disciplined Entrepreneurship’ framework to get your product (MVP) and business model ready for Demo Day.

Get Funded

Everyone pitches on Demo Day (June) and up to 7 teams win Rs. 2.5 million in seed capital, EACH.

Sky’s The Limit

JohnKeellsX will continue to support and grow with you along the way.

More Funding

Once your team is ready, you can get up to Rs. 50 million in follow-on funding.

Accelerate

Winning teams get office space, access to JKH companies, mentorship and training focused on growth from leading international trainers.

Experts

Marius Ursache

Vlad Bodi

Judges

Timeline

Phase I – March to June (2019)

Pre-Acceleration

Applications open on May 2nd. Send a brief description of your idea and a video of your team. If you apply early we will have more time to read your application, which gives you a better chance to be selected.

If you apply by the 6th of January (Midnight), we’ll give you feedback and you can re-apply based on that. Also, the first 60 applicants get invitations for an exclusive meetup (to meet the JKX team, judges, mentors and JKX alumni).

February 6th (Midnight) is the last day to submit your application. We hope to announce teams on a weekly basis after the Early Applicant Deadline, so if you apply early we have more time to read your application, which gives you a better chance to be selected.

Up to 30 teams will be selected and informed during the month of March. Get ready!

Connect with the JohnKeellsX mentors and advisors each Tuesday as you prepare for Demo Day.

Don’t get ahead of yourself young Jedi, train up first. We’ll guide you through the latest MIT support

Get hands on training from JKH corporate services on important aspects such as legal, finance, secretarial, HR, etc.

The big day! Pitch your startup to the panel of judges. Up to 7 teams will be selected for a seed round investment of Rs. 2.5 million each.

Phase II – June to December (2019)

JKX Accelerator

Get customized training from leading international trainers. You will get comprehensive training on Customer Development, Products and Road maps, Building and Managing Teams, Growth, Marketing, Sales, Business Model Selection, Unit Economics, Execution and Planning etc.

Funded teams get access to John Keells customers and channels to hit the ground running. Don’t underestimate how important your first customers are.

We’ll keep checking in with each company weekly, guiding and preparing them for the next steps in their journey.

Experts from Growth Tribe (Netherlands) will train the JohnKeellsX startups on creating and managing rapid growth.

The second big day! Each team gets a chance to present their companies and vision to the JKH board. There’s the potential to earn up to Rs. 50 million in follow-on investment.

Phase I – March to June (2019)

Phase II – June to December (2019)

Pre-Acceleration

JKX Accelerator

3rd December

Applications open on May 2nd. Send a brief description of your idea and a video of your team. If you apply early we will have more time to read your application, which gives you a better chance to be selected.

Get customized training from leading international trainers. You will get comprehensive training on Customer Development, Products and Roadmaps, Building and Managing Teams, Growth, Marketing, Sales, Business Model Selection, Unit Economics, Execution and Planning etc.

June

If you apply by the 6th of January (Midnight), we’ll give you feedback and you can re-apply based on that. Also, the first 60 applicants get invitations for an exlcusive meetup (to meet the JKX team, judges, mentors and JKX alumni).

6th January (Midnight)

June to December

Funded teams get access to John Keells customers and channels to hit the ground running. Don’t underestimate how important your first customers are.

6th February (Midnight)

February 6th (Midnight) is the last day to submit your application. We hope to announce teams on a weekly basis after the Early Applicant Deadline, so if you apply early we have more time to read your application, which gives you a better chance to be selected.

We’ll keep checking in with each company weekly, guiding and preparing them for the next steps in their journey.

Up to 30 teams will be selected. Get ready!

March

Experts from Growth Tribe (Netherlands) will train the JohnKeellsX startups on creating and managing rapid growth.

March to May

Connect with the JohnKeellsX mentors and advisors each Tuesday as you prepare for Demo Day.

December

Each team gets a chance to present their companies and vision to the JKH board. There’s the potential to earn up to Rs. 50 million in follow-on investment.

Don’t get ahead of yourself young Jedi, train up first. We’ll guide you through the latest MIT support

Get hands on training from JKH corporate services on important aspects such as legal, finance, secretarial, HR, etc.

The big day! Pitch your startup to the panel of judges. Up to 7 teams will be selected for a seed round investment of Rs. 2.5 million each.

June

Our Sectors

We encourage startups that focus on the following sectors. This is where the synergy between your startup and Keells will be the best.

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