The Startup Ecosystem of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka boasts 3 cities in the top 1000 and is one of South Asia’s best countries for setting up a startup.


Sri Lanka’s startup scene saw an increase in 2022 and jumped 2 spots from the previous year, outranking Namibia.



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The Startup Ecosystem in Sri Lanka

In 2022, Sri Lanka register a rise in Marketing & Sales startups. Some of the most notable success stories in this industry are those of , PickMe.

Global Rank

Sri Lanka is ranked within the top 100 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Sri Lanka’s startup scene is best represented in Marketing & Sales, Ecommerce & Retail, and in Software and and Data.

Top Cities for Startups in Sri Lanka - Ranked by StartupBlink
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Notable Startups in Sri Lanka
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Commercial Credit & Finance
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Successful Marketing & Sales startups in Sri Lanka
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Startups Ranking by Industry

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Marketing & Sales
#53 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 32 for Marketing & Sales.

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Ecommerce & Retail
#62 worldwide

In South Asia, Sri Lanka's Ecommerce & Retail is in top 62. Sri Lanka has a concentration of about 14 of the region's total Ecommerce & Retail startups that are represented on our map.

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Software and Data
#75 worldwide

Sri Lanka's Software and Data is ranked 75th in the world. Our database contains 8 for this industry.

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