The Startup Ecosystem of Colombo

Home to 82% of Sri Lanka’s startups, Colombo boasts a vibrant startup ecosystem that is ranked 357 in the world.


In 2022, the startup scene of Colombo shows much promise after advancing in the Global Ecosystem Index by 17 spots.

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The Startup Ecosystem in Colombo

Startups in Colombo excel in Education, Fintech, and Marketing & and Sales. There are some notable success stories contributing to the city’s growing Education industry. One of the most promising startups in Colombo in 2022 is PickMe, XpressJobs, and

Global Rank

Colombo is ranked within the top 400 startup ecosystems globally.

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Colombo’s startups excel particularly in Education where it ranks 175 and in Fintech, and Marketing & Sales. Find out more

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Notable Startups in Colombo
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Successful Education startups in Colombo
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CrowdLearn Pvt Limited.
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Startups Ranking by Industry

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#175 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 28 startups for Education.

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#191 worldwide

In South Asia, Colombo's Fintech is in top 191. Colombo has a concentration of about 0% of the country's total Fintech startups that are represented on our map.

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Marketing & Sales
#198 worldwide

Marketing & Sales is ranked 198th in the world. Our database contains 5 startups for this industry.

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Why should you join Colombo's Startup Ecosystem?


Within Colombo there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Education, Fintech, Marketing & Sales. These three industries represent about 66% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Colombo.


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Colombo is Sri Lanka's 1st best startup ecosystem and is ranked 14th in South Asia. With a population of 0.5M - 1M people, Colombo is ranked th in the world. The city boasts some notable startup success stories including PickMe.

Startup Infrastructure in Colombo
With a large variety of initiatives, Colombo's startup ecosystem stands out from other cities in South Asia. Colombo offers a number of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups. Below is a list of Colombo's most prominent support initiatives:


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John Keells X

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Coworking Spaces

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Hatch Works

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HomeTree Co-Working

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Hub9 Coworking Space

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