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Moratuwa students with ‘SoftBeetles’ makes waves at Global Start up Labs 2014

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Glancing on the future of technology, two undergraduates from Faculty of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa has founded ‘SoftBeetles’. They are working with one of the prior startups guidance program in Sri Lanka, MIT Global Start-up Labs (GSL) 2014 powered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA.

SoftBeetles‘ has focused on an important problem which is periodically faced by university students to initiate their first product. Finding boarding places for first year students and other academic year students has grabbed their attention to find a stable solution. This can be introduced as one of the major issues which new comers face when they enter to universities. Most time before entering to universities, applicants try to find good boarding places but the issue is there is not a unique platform for providing such services. Even though there are some platforms which provides similar services, there is no unique, dedicated platform, providing what SoftBeetles are trying to introduce as their first product. Covering all existing solutions for this problem, they were able to showcase the product ‘boarding.lk’ during ‘Demo Day’ for MIT GSL 2014 on 30th July.

The students who have initated with the help of mentors at MIT GSL are Hiruma Punsali and Sandarekha Ramanayake.
boarding.lk has its own values. Ratings, recommendations, reviews of the boarding places from students and up-to-date information will be offered for students. This will be the first product of SoftBeetles and they hope to extend this idea for all over universities and other institutions as well.

Hiruma and Sandarekha during mentorship Industry Day 2

Hiruma and Sandarekha during mentorship Industry Day 2

With more students joining with GSL programme to take entrepreneurship seriously, the goal of setting up 1000 startups (as targeted by SLASSCOM) by 2022 could well be a reality in Sri Lanka.

Feature image photo credit – Hiruma Punsali

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W.G.T. Fernando is an author of over 15 ICT books and Founder/CEO at GTS. Gihan is a former lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He began his education at Thurstan College before going to Wycherley International School. He graduated with Honors in Computer Science at University of Liverpool in the UK and MSc in Advanced Software Engineering at Kings College, University of London.

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