Calcey’s Mangala Karunaratne visited Sweden from 3rd April 2018 to 9th April 2018, as part of an initiative to encourage and foster growing interest amongst Swedish firms to work with Sri Lankan IT companies.

Accepting an invitation to speak at a breakfast seminar in Stockholm titled “Discover the opportunities in Sri Lanka”, Mangala addressed the gathering with a talk on the IT industry in Sri Lanka, the country’s keenness to work with more companies in the region and Calcey’s own experiences working with Swedish companies.

Mangala presenting at the seminar

Calcey ourselves have steadily increased our presence in Sweden in the last year through strategic partnerships and periodic visits to the country. The visits that help enhance understanding and strengthen ties, have proven to be an invaluable part of Calcey’s strategy and entry in to Sweden. This trip, in particular, acts as a follow-up visit to that made in October 2017 to meet clients and establish our presence in the country.

Visiting clients

A big win for Calcey in Sweden came when Nelly.com, one of the country’s largest fashion houses, signed on as a client in June last year. Ancon, the popular point-of-sale system used by over 1500 restaurants in Sweden, has since come on board this year. Both companies have engaged extended teams to work alongside their in-house developers and the Calcey teams collaborate closely with their Swedish counterparts to ensure mutual goals are achieved.

Mangala with Mikke Selander from Ancon

A number of clients have also visited us at our development center in Sri Lanka and a Swedish Srum Master is currently here with us. Residing in the country, he works closely with our development team on his company’s multiple on-going projects.

This trip organised and made in partnership with ITBPO Sri Lanka, included stops in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. A Swedish company, ITBPO has gained a reputation for matching leading Swedish businesses in search of IT services with innovative Sri Lankan ITs. ITBPO represents Sri Lanka and its IT offerings to companies in the Nordic region and has helped foster a number of successful, mutually beneficial partnerships over the years.

Sweden is only a stop, however, for Mangala who is on his way to Geneva for the Seedstars Summit, where the leaders of the tech industry will come together to share their experience, skills and insights. Mangala, the Country Ambassador for Seedstars, the global start-up accelerator program, will also conduct a session on common issues related to UX during his time there.