Hemas Holdings PLC via its startup incubator and seed accelerator program ‘Slingshot’ was a sponsor of the ChemSoc Quiz 2017, the all island Inter-School Chemistry Quiz competition which was held on 25th of February 2017 at the New Arts Theatre, University of Colombo.
Slingshot sponsored the event with the intention of promoting awareness about the Sri Lankan start-up eco-system among top students while encouraging them to think with a creative and innovation mindset.
Slingshot is a startup incubator/seed accelerator program that was developed with the objective of providing entrepreneurs and inventors the opportunity to pitch inventions and business concepts in line with the Group?s business interests and growth strategy. The program is focused on attracting disruptive and innovative business concepts in Hemas verticals of Wellness, Leisure and Mobility.
Schools from across the country were invited to the event organised by the Chemical Society, University of Colombo. Each school was asked to nominate four students to represent them in the quiz programme which resulted in more than 30 schools participating in the event.
Four schools out of the nine schools which participated in the second round were selected for the semi-finals. This round was an oral quiz conducted in front of the audience. After a hard fought battle, Nattandiya Dhammissara Vidyalaya emerged Champions while the other semi-finalists were Visakha Vidyalaya, CWW Kannangara Vidyalaya and Sri Sumangala Vidyalaya Panadura.
An audience of approximately 350 people including the students, teachers and parents of the participating schools and students and lecturers of the Department of Chemistry took part in this event. This is the first time the Inter School Quiz organised by the Chemical Society of the University of Colombo was extended to schools throughout the country. The Chemical Society hopes to make this program a permanent event in its annual calendar and hope it will be even more successful in the coming years.