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Disrupt Unlimited and Regus join hands to support start-ups

Disrupt Unlimited Director Udena Wickremesooriya (right) and Regus Country Head for Sri Lanka Dr Nirmal De Silva exchange the agreement pertaining to the strategic tie-up between Regus and Disrupt Unlimited

Disrupt Unlimited, the Brandix-led start-up seed accelerator, has entered into a strategic tie-up with Regus, the world's largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, to offer collaborative workspace to business start-ups incubated by the former.

Regus has undertaken to provide flexible office space solutions for start-up companies that are born out of the efforts of Disrupt Unlimited, a company set up to inspire and support the search for innovations that transform the way textiles and apparels are manufactured.

Encompassing selected Regus Centres in Sri Lanka, the agreement between the two companies envisages that Regus will provide fully-equipped office spaces, offer on-demand meeting room facilities, day office facilities and other services at special rates.

"Intelligent and collaborative work spaces are an integral component of the innovation eco-system," said Udena Wickremesooriya, Disrupt Unlimited's Director. "We are therefore delighted that a workspace solutions provider of the calibre of Regus has come forward to partner our search for potentially game-changing technological innovations for the apparel industry."

He said Disrupt Unlimited constantly strives to partner with domain experts with the intention of strengthening and developing the eco-system for invention and innovation in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Nirmal De Silva, Regus Country Head for Sri Lanka said: "Regus is honoured to join hands with Disrupt Unlimited in its pursuit of driving innovation across the clothing industry in Sri Lanka. The clothing industry has been a leading contributor to the national economy. We feel that this strategic tie-up would support in creating the much needed ‘eco-system’ for disruptive innovation to take place in the industry. As the world's largest provider of flexible workspace solutions with an unparalleled network of 3,000 centres in 106 countries, Regus is revolutionizing the industry with solutions for Start-ups, SMEs and large MNCs so that they can work anywhere, anytime in a flexible manner. We are confident that by working very closely with Disrupt Unlimited, we could definitely assist in revolutionising the clothing industry in the country as well."

Launched in early 2014, Disrupt Unlimited runs an incubator and seed accelerator that seek to inspire, mentor and fund start-ups with breakthrough, technology-driven solutions to disrupt products, practices, processes and business models in the Apparel, Textile and Accessories sectors. The objective of the company is to encourage innovators from across industries to develop solutions that address challenges at every stage of the supply chains, leading to revolutionary changes in the way apparels, textiles and accessories are made, packaged, distributed and consumed.



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