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Startups get the chance to meet and interact with the Judges, Mentors and fellow participants.

Open Day

Panel discussion on program highlights.

Early Applicant Meetup

Early applicants at an exclusive event to meet judges, mentors and receive feedback on applications.

Tuesday Meetup 1

Mr. Aith Gunawardene, JKH Deputy Chairman talking about the importance of building a fund-raising strategy.

Tuesday Meetup 2

Mr. Charitha Subasinghe, CEO at Keells Super talking about the challenges at Keells Super and how they overcame them.

Announcing Pre-Accelerator Teams

Announcing the shortlisted teams for the pre-accelerator window and introduction of mentors.

Tuesday Meetup 3

Mr. Jit Gunaratne, President of Consumer Foods sector talking about long term branding strategies at Elephant House.

Tuesday Meetup 4

Mr. Ramesh Shanmuganathan, JKH CIO on challenges he faced during his career and the expectations of the judging panel.

Tuesday Meetup 5

Mr. Romesh David, President of the JKH transport sector talks about the balance of corporate and startup work culture.

Tuesday Meetup 6

Mr. Waruna Rajapakse, Executive VP of JKH talks about the role of business development at John Keells.

Finance Workshop

Pre-accelerator teams learn about the basics of finance, delivered by the JKH Corporate Finance team.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workshop

The Disciplined Entrepreneurship workshop with Marius Ursache and Vlad Bodi.

Growth Hacking Workshop

The growth hacking workshop with Growth Tribe, Europe’s first Growth Hacking Academy.

Legal Workshop

Pre-accelerator teams learn legal basics, delivered by the JKH Legal Team.

Chris Doering visits JKX

One on one mentoring sessions with Chris Doering.

Disrupt Asia 2018

The six winners showcase their businesses at Disrupt Asia 2018.

JKX Office Opening

The JKX office opening ceremony, providing free work space for the accelerator teams.

JKX Tech Talks 1

Tharindu Dissanayake (CTO, Yaala Labs) and Nuzhi Meyen (CEO, Helios) on the “Endless possibilities of Blockchain”.

JKX Tech Talks 2

Dr. Sohan Dharmaraja (CTO, oDoc) on “Building Products People Love”.

JKX Tech Talks 3

Dr. Yasantha Rajakarunanayake (Director, Technology, MediaTek) and Miller Alexander (CEO SenzAgro) on “Applications of AI and Machine Learning”.

Ray Newal visits JKX

One on one mentoring sessions with Ray Newal from Techstars India.

Meetup #1

Nayana Maliwadama, Sector Head of Property Group and EVP JKH and Roshani Moraes, Chief Marketing Officer of Property Group, EVP JKH on the challenges faced in the property/real estate sector and the lessons learnt along the way.

Meetup #2

Dileep Mudadeniya, Head of Brand Marketing Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, VP JKH and Nalaka Amaratunga, CEO of Leisure Inbound, VP JKH talking about challenges associated with branding and the role of technology in the tourism sector.

Meetup #3

Dirk Perera, CEO of Union Assurance and Harsha Senanayake, General Manager IT of Union Assurance sharing some of the challenges with innovation in the Insurance sector and important lessons learnt.

Meetup #4

Mr. Dumith Fernando, Chairman of Asia Securities Holdings sharing his experience in investing and startup mentoring.

Meetup #5

Mr. Ajit Gunewardena, Founder & CEO of Bluestone Capital on his perspectives on startups as an investor.

Meetup #6

Ramesh Shanmuganathan, group CIO and CEO of John Keells IT talking about what it takes to develop a startup followed by a short pitching session.

Workshop #1

IP workshop by Thilina Weerasekara and Ovini Wadasighe of John Keells Research.

Workshop #2

Legal essentials for startups conducted by Anushka Cooray and Ramesh Perera of JKH Legal.

Workshop #3

Interactive Corporate Finance workshop by Yolan Seimon, Eneeshya Perera and Nabeel Lahir.

Workshop #4

Digital Marketing and Growth Hacking workshop by Indu Nanayakkara followed by Pradeepa Jeeva on Content Strategy & Janeeth Rodrigo (Head of Digital, Derana) on YouTube marketing.

Workshop #5

Sanjeewa Gurusinghe, Samadhi Hondamuni and Kasun Chathuranga of JKH Finance on Accounting, Finance & Taxation for startups.

2019 Videos

Can YOUR startup disrupt a traditional industry

Investors talk about the JKX program

John Keells X 3 0 Webinar

Helios & Senzagro Founders Talk About Their Experience with JKX


Why your Startup should join an Acclerator

Why YOU should join the JKX Accelerator

The JKX 3 0 Introduction

Ganatharan Jeyakumar shares his experience on John Keells X 2 0


Marius Ursache MIT Teaching Fellow & Mentor

Growth Hacking at JKX with Growth Tribe

Anagi Perera from Park & Pay shares her experience on the last John Keells X Open Innovation Challen

The John Keells X 3 0 Meetup


2017 Videos

2016 winners Jendo talking about their experience with JKX

JKX Open Innovation Challenge 2017 Recap

Growth Tribe for JKX 2017

John Keells X Meet Up 2017


Yosith (Founder, Onsbay) on his experience with JKX

The John Keells X Open Innovation Challenge Introduction

JKX Team Meetup 2017

JKX Decplined Entrepreneurship Workshop Day 1


Alex from ikman lk talking about JKX

Introduction to Growth Tribe

Sohan Dharmaraja of Markify talking about his experience with JKX

The John Keells X Website Launched


How to Launch Your Startup with JKX