What is LIINKED WAY?


LINKED WAY is an initiative pioneered and hosted by Lanka Impact Investing Network (LIIN) in collaboration with PwC’s Startup Accelerator.

This would be a pitching platform and learning hub for entrepreneurs in the country where they would be given the opportunity to be a present in a closed room pitching session where they can present their businesses to a panel of judges/ potential investors and relevant experts. The participants will not only have the opportunity to request for funding, they would also have access to the expertise of the judges/investors/experts to further develop their models.

Following the pitching session, the entrepreneurs will also have access to a learning hub where they would be guided, mentored and given support to further improve their businesses.

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Process


Steps Process Description
Step 1 Applications are called from entrepreneurs/startups • Online application forms are available below.
Step 2 Shortlisting applications and selecting the suitable entrepreneurs • LIIN and PwC will study the application forms and business plans and eliminate the unviable applications
• Extensive one on one interviews will be held with the entrepreneurs to select those who qualify
Step 3 Incubation of the selected entrepreneurs • Selected entrepreneurs will be incubated and made ready for pitching (training provided on valuation, legal, finance and how to pitch to investors)
Step 4 Pitching Session • The selected entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to the panel of investors / judges / experts.
Step 5 Post investment management and access to learning hub • LIIN will be continuously monitoring the funded enterprises and these enterprises will be given marketing support, financial management, skills development support, mentoring etc. through the learning hub for the entrepreneurs to further develop their enterprises and become a success story.

Pitch details


  • 10 minutes given for pitching and 10 minutes for discussion (per entrepreneur)
  • Each pitch will have an expert panel of investors from corporate leaders, PE Fund Managers, successful local entrepreneurs, technical experts and business advisors.

How to apply?


Interested entrepreneurs can fill the application form online through the link below or by sending an email of the filled application to liinkedway@liin.lk which can be obtained by clicking the button below.

Entrepreneurs are also encouraged to send a 2-3 page business plan briefly describing their businesses for the initial evaluation.

Online Application Form

Application forms can be downloaded here.