The Startup Ecosystem of Colombo

Home to 80% of Sri Lanka’s startups, Colombo has a vibrant startup ecosystem that is ranked 330 in the world.


In 2023, the startup scene of Colombo shows much promise after advancing in the Global Ecosystem Index by 27 spots.

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The Startup Ecosystem in Colombo

Startups in Colombo excel in Education, Marketing & Sales, and and Fintech. There are some notable success stories contributing to the city’s growing Education industry. One of the most promising startups in Colombo in 2023 is PickMe,, and Digital Health.

Global Rank

Colombo is ranked within the top 400 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Colombo’s startups excel particularly in Education where it ranks 190 and in Marketing & Sales, and Fintech. Find out more

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Notable Startups in Colombo
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Digital Health


Successful Education startups in Colombo
CrowdLearn Pvt Limited. startup icon
CrowdLearn Pvt Limited.
UNIVISER startup icon
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Startups Ranking by Industry

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#190 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 32 startups for Education.

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Marketing & Sales
#197 worldwide

The Marketing & Sales industry in Colombo is ranked 197 globally. There are 13 startups for Marketing & Sales on our sample database and map.

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#203 worldwide

Fintech is ranked 203rd in the world. Our database contains 7 startups for this industry.


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, Marketing & Sales, Fintech. These three industries represent about 60% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Colombo.


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Regional Rank


Colombo is Sri Lanka's 1st best startup ecosystem and is ranked 13th in South Asia. With a population of 0.5M - 1M people, Colombo is ranked th in the world. The city has 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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Regus - Kotte, Paramount Tower (Nawala) startup icon

Regus - Kotte, Paramount Tower (Nawala)

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Regus - Colombo, Parkland - Park Street

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Hatch Works

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