LAN and GBAN to promote Sri Lankan startups globally via Entrepreneurship World Cup

Lankan Angel Network (LAN), the country’s largest network of angel investors, has been appointed the
Entrepreneurship World Cup’s Official National Organizer for Sri Lanka.
This long-term, strategic initiative follows on from LAN joining the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN)
as a committee member. GBAN is affiliated with the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). LAN and
GBAN aim to take local entrepreneurship to a global level with the Entrepreneurship World Cup’s Global
Hosts MISK, GEN and TGELF.
The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) will offer Sri Lanka’s national champion, to be selected in July,
the chance to pitch on a global stage for a share of USD 1 million in cash prizes, plus additional
investment opportunities, and another USD750,000 in in-kind support. EWC in 2020 featured 175,000
entrants applying from 200 countries.
According to LAN Chairman Mano Sekaram, “Lanka Angel Network is proud to be entrusted with
organizing the national finals for the Entrepreneurship World Cup, a testament to our longtime efforts in
pioneering and building the local startup ecosystem and promoting local talent worldwide. We are also
pleased that the top startups of Sri Lanka are participating in this endeavor, especially considering the
challenging business environment experienced by so many both here and abroad.”
With a goal to grow to 250 angel investors by 2025, with 30% of its membership from abroad, LAN’s
future is closely linked with the growth of the local startup ecosystem. During these trying times in
particular, LAN relies on the deep domain expertise of its unmatched pool of mentors and investors to
assist startups in traversing the difficult business environment they are experiencing. Most importantly,
LAN also strives to provide startups with networking, training, and even follow-on funding, an essential
part of its efforts to grow its portfolio.
EWC is more than just a global pitch competition with a shot at life-changing prizes. It elevates
entrepreneurs from all stages—idea-stage, early-stage, growth-stage or beyond— by providing them with
tools and resources to grow their venture. EWC Accelerates is a virtual training and mentorship program
that helps entrepreneurs hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national
competitions – as well as those who advance to the Global Finals.
The EWC online platform also offers all contestants who complete an application, access to more than
USD 25,000 in perks from partners such as Google Cloud, Hubspot, Stripe and more.
National Finals competitions are held through June and July 2021. In November 2021, 100 startups will
be flown to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to participate in the EWC Accelerates program for an intensive startup
bootcamp and to compete in the EWC Global Finals.
To learn more, visit the Entrepreneurship World Cup at

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