Kotiyak Vatina Adahasak (KVA) is Sri Lanka’s first ever tech innovation and entrepreneurship based reality television show. KVA’s focus is to inspire innovative ideas with the power of technology for a better tomorrow. During the program contestants will compete with each other along the process of transforming your idea to a viable product/solution and further to a successful new business venture. Mobitel together with Sirasa TV launched this program in 2016 as a multi-season series. The second season of KVA TV reality show is launched in 2017 in a quite new style.
Season two is quite different to its previous version where mentoring is introduced as a key feature. Please refer the section “Contest flow” for more details.
Well known characters from the tech Industry/ entrepreneurs who will mentor, supervise and drive teams and enhance skills of individuals in order to elevate the idea into a greater height. They will do the eliminations at the initial rounds to select the best fits for the main judging rounds
Ideas can be related to any field, however we expect some technology flavor in it. This could range from simple techy gadget to a composite solution for a critical issue or something completely novel. We encourage to use new technologies like mobile, web, IoT, cloud, big data, electronics, NFC, virtual reality, so on and so on…. and come up with innovative products, solutions, systems, platforms, apps etc. Furthermore you need to pitch your ideas with a business sense in mind with relate to productization, marketing and sales.
Interested applicants need to register online and submit their ideas. After an initial selection process selected idea owners will be called for orientation session.
Mentors will select contestants to be mentored by himself based on a preliminary idea pitch and there after mentor those teams throughout the show to nurture, groom and advice teams in taking their idea to a reality. Preliminary eliminations are by mentors and main pitching rounds are evaluated by a panel of judges comprising of industry experts, entrepreneurs and academics across different industries. Evaluations of main pitching rounds are done align to various aspects such as product viability, prototype, business viability, marketing etc. At each stage teams will be further screened by the judging panel and will be narrowed down for the grand finale. At the grand finale the best innovation/s will be rewarded.
Registrations will be open on 18th August 2017
There is an eligibility criteria we consider. Please refer KVA Terms and Conditions
Registration is an online process. Contestants can register and submit their idea details by following the URL kva.mobitel.lk
Idea submission is individual basis. During the program process contestant can team up with other like-minded members at his/own discretion in order to build a team with a full range of skills in technical, marketing and business/finance angles.
Closing date of registrations is 15th September 2017
There is no restriction as such, but it is advisable to carefully think/analyse and submit the best idea out of the ones you have.
Initial application screening process will take place and selected idea owners will be called for orientation session and thereafter auditions. The program rules and process will be informed during the orientation session
You can submit your applications in any of the three languages English, Sinhala or Tamil. However as this is a program conducted in Sinhala medium it is advisable to use that language as much as possible.
Yes. In later stages the selected teams will be given limited funds to carryout necessary challenges of the competition.
In the registration process, contestants need to agree with terms and conditions of KVA program.
Judging will be done by a panel consist of industry experts, top entrepreneurs and academics across different fields.
Program events will mostly take place in Colombo. (Mobitel Innovation Centre, Trace Expert City, Colombo 10).
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As a contestant you get a huge opportunity to be exposed to industry experts, academics, practitioners, entrepreneurs etc. You will also closely engage with program mentors throughout this period to receive guidance, feedback, comments on your ideas, innovations, business perspective etc. This will be an opportunity for the contestant to sharpen up their knowledge on building businesses and excel in it. Do not forget that you will be part of a TV reality show, thus your amazing innovations will be admired by all in the country.
At the grand finale winners will walk away with amazing monitory rewards.