Welcome to Firestarter!

Entrepreneurial leadership was once a competitive advantage. Now, it is a necessary skill. You need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset to overcome the challenges facing all of us daily, leave alone new and growing businesses in order to move forward.

Over the course of six weeks, you’ll have time to digest what you learn and either immediately apply these insights to your existing startup, or gain the support you need to design, launch, and grow your new venture. The program ends with a Demo Day where you pitch to key members of the Startup Ecosystem.

Firestarter will inspire you, encourage you, support you and challenge you in ways you didn’t think were possible!

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Who are Firestarters?

They are the people who change the world and industries, start movements and businesses, and innovate when others are content.

They inspire others to be better, and seek out situations where their impact can be maximized.

You don’t have to be born a Firestarter to become one. Welcome to Firestarter Startup School – 6 weeks that will change your life!

Who should attend?

If you’re looking for a quick win, you might as well click on the cross in the corner. But if you’ve got the grit, determination and fire (pun intended) to keep persisting even when the going gets tough, this is the right programme for you.

This program for entrepreneurs is well suited for:

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with a new venture entrepreneurship idea
  • A student or recent graduate looking to grow their entrepreneurial mindset to innovate in their current or future employment roles
  • A determined individual who is trying to understand whether entrepreneurship is the right pathway for for you

A USD 2,500 worth opportunity
exclusively for LKR 15,000

Scholarships for 10 deserving individuals!

By the end, you and your team will be able to answer questions like:

  • Is entrepreneurship for me?
  • What is intrapreneurship and why should I care?
  • Am I solving an important problem?
  • Am I delivering a superior solution?
  • Am I doing this in a financially sustainable way?

The program will give you access to

  • Safe space for you to explore ideas that can change the world and nothing is out of bounds!
  • Curated interactive modules to help you in your entrepreneurial and startup founder journey
  • Learn from real life experience of startup founders and ecosystem enablers locally and internationally
  • Be part of a supportive network of entrepreneurs and enablers to help you in our startup journey
  • Score a paid internship with a Hatch Community startup.

Course Format

The course will be a mix of in person (at Hatch), virtual and team sessions with curated pre-readings module deliverables and a final pitch. Depending on the cohort numbers there will be a number of team activities to complete. It will be an intensely fun and collaborative experience!
  • 1
    11 July - 22 July

    Applications open

  • 2
    01 August - 21 August

    Firestarter Startup School in session

  • 3
    30 August

    Demo Day!

Internship Partner - What’s in it for you?

Firestarter helps you by vetting and training individuals on entrepreneurial thinking, professionalism, productivity and accountability.
  • 3 – 6 month paid internship program
  • We recommend a minimum monthly stipend of 15,000 – 20,000 LKR
  • The intern receives free Hot Desking at Hatch for the duration of the assigned internship through Firestarter
  • We recommend a hybrid internship where the intern can work collaboratively with your team in person and online
  • The intern should be assigned a Meaningful project with tangible outcomes
  • Hatch will conduct bi-weekly check-ins with the intern to support with further knowledge gaps if required
  • Hatch to conduct monthly check-ins with the Partner to ensure the intern is on-track

Meet Your Facilitators

Get to know the people behind Firestarter

CEO of the world's best coworking space - Hatch


Curator of awesome programs. Studying at MIT


Pioneer in the Sri Lankan startup scene


Multi-talented founder and ecosystem enabler

“In my internship period, I made more intellectual discoveries than I can count”
Dulinika Bulumulla Senior Programs Associate
“Through Hatch I grew my network and met aspiring founders that encouraged me to learn and grow”
Dhiren Wirasekara Fund Analyst