A Sri Lankan expat living in Adelaide, 31-year-old Nilan Mihindukulasooriya has made it to ‘South Australia’s 40 under 40 – 2022’ list, annually compiled by the CitiMag – the Adelaide based print/digital magazine. An entrepreneur, a business leader and an accomplished IT professional, Nilan moved to Adelaide justthree-and-a-half- years ago and founded Firehouse Technology whilst also taking up lead roles in several other initiatives. It was his remarkable work during the Covid – 19 pandemic which aimed to ‘democratise technology’ to support SMEs that earned him this coveted recognition on Australian soil.
CitiMag held the ‘40 under 40’ awards for the fifth consecutive year and this year’s gala event took place at the Adelaide Oval amidst due celebration. In line with their goal to recognise and appreciate talented young business leaders with outstanding entrepreneurial vision in South Australia, the eminent panel of judges selected the final 40 stars from across multiple industries.
Having arrived in Adelaide just in time before the onset of the pandemic, Nilan’s work was somewhat cut out with the challenges posed by the pandemic. He was the leader behind a number of successful software solutions created during this period that addressed key issues in certain critical areas. One such product that catered to SMEs ‘Mortar Initiative’ was a revolutionary analytical platform that combined customer data with programmatic advertising which equipped SMEs with top level enterprise technology at an affordable price. His other applauded initiative was livestock trading platform for overseas farmers whose trade has been adversely affected by the pandemic.
Nilan started his journey with a First Class Honors BSc in Information Systems from SLIIT and another BSc in ICT from the University of Colombo. At present he counts over nine years of experience as a Product Owner handling over 30 projects in five different countries and managing multiple agile teams both locally and remotely. He currently leads a team of over 50 professionals in
Sri Lanka, Australia and Ireland. His establishment in Sri Lanka is one of the budding local IT Companies, generating much-needed revenue in USD at this critical point.