Malta Startup Weekend

    Friday, October 17 - 19, 2014

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Malta Startup Weekend

Friday, October 17 - 19, 2014

Friday, October 17 - 19, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Microsoft Innovation Centre
Skyparks Business Centre
Luqa , Malta LQA 4000

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SUN SEA SAND SURF and STARTUPS - thats they way we roll with #swMalta
Startup Weekend is part of UP GLOBAL a 501c(3) Non-Profit Charity.

What is Startup Weekend?
A Not For Profit event. A Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on fun experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable and get the full startup experience themselves. Around half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. On Sunday evening they meet the judges and selected investors with their ideas.

What do I do?
Bring an idea, bring some skills, meet some new people, get support from great mentors, get free food and free drink for a whole weekend and then go on to build some cool new businesses.

What is Malta Startup Weekend?
Its an experience you’ll never forget. From Friday to Sunday techies, marketers & entrepreneurs Work in a newly formed team to convert an idea into an operating viable business.

Who should attend?
Anyone who ❤ the process of creating a new product or service and turning it into a business OR wants to learn how to do that. Attendees include business development, programmers, marketers, designers, lawyers, team builders, entrepreneurs and writers. We will offer a small number of special discount Early Bird tickets. But once they are gone, they are gone go good and the tickets are back up to FULL price so please please please... did we say please... get your tickets early.

Why should I attend?
Are you kidding? What is your idea worth if you don't try it out. So the BIG reason to attend is to TRY out your ideas for real and stop wasting valuable time pondering them. Also another reason is to become inspired, to forge a whole series of lasting friendships, to seek out and find your co-founders & employees, to learn some new tools & methodologies, to practice some new skills and to experience that unique sense of accomplishment when you build a working team around your idea. Oh yes and to have some fun too. Why not?

What can I expect?

Attendees meet Friday at 6:30p and start the startup weekend format. After a dinner and some swift inspiring presentations, you’ll go through six steps to build a new business by Sunday at 5pm:
1.Propose Your Idea
2.Build Your Team
3.Create Your Business Model
4.Connect with Customers
5.Build Your Product
6.Present Your Startup

How do I sign up?
Register on our Eventbrite sign up page (the registration link will be available soon).
If you fit multiple categories, pick your strongest for now. You will not be restricted to this role during the weekend. If you don’t know which to pick, select Non-Technical for now.

How can I help?
You or your company can help to sponsor the event here
Also you can Help to promote Malta Startup Weekend to your friends and others.
Check out our Twitter page to help to promote the event.

Where can I find out more information?
If you have other questions, check out the Startup Weekend FAQ or check out the blog articles and information about our Startup Weekend.The event will take place in Microsoft Innovation Center in Skyparks Business Centre.

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Friday October 17th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday October 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Alex Borg
Consultant | Research & Innovation | MITA

Mr Alexander Borg is a Director of MITA Innovation Hub, an early stage digital startup space, that helps existing and potential startupers validate and test their business ideas and transform them into a real  products or services.  Alex graduated from the University of Derby (UK) with a distinction in Strategic IT Management and a thesis on smart specialisation in software companies. He is currently responsible for the set-up and management of MITA’s innovation centre at SmartCity Malta.

Event Judges

Reinhold M. Karner
Success Advisor, Mentor & ‚Safety Belt’ to Entrepreneurs, Chief Executives and Leaders – London, Tyrol, Malta

Chair of the Team of Judges of this year's edition of Malta Startup Weekend

As an enterprise 'booster plus safety belt’ Reinhold advises and trains Entrepreneurs, Chief Executives, Leaders and Startups to build and maintain sustainable successful business.
7 years accumulated corporate experience in various industries were followed by 21 years as a very successful, solid self-made entrepreneur simultaneously becoming a recognized startup founder, lead-investor and CEO, with multinational presence of his group of companies, products and services. 
Even so, in a devastating experience 2007 Reinhold lost everything ‘overnight’. It was a very tough setback but he finally managed this failure successfully. It proved an indispensable lesson, created a unique 360° learning curve no leading university could have taught and has enabled him to become a steadfast success adviser. Restarting from scratch, and by reinventing himself, he is now again at the top of all his fields. 
Reinhold has accumulated a profound experience ranging across the ICT & digital economy, trade, manufacturing, services & logistics, business & management consulting and others. 
He has a unique track record of 35+ years as a multinational entrepreneur, expert and leader. He, his companies and products have received countless awards and accolades including “entrepreneur of the year”, “#1 of the best management consultants” and multiple top rankings in several disciplines and categories.
He pioneered the development of Europe’s very first ground-breaking Internet-, cloud- and Java-compliant ERP business suite.

Rumen Iliev
Partner at LAUNCHub

Rumen Iliev is a partner in LAUNCHUB Ventures – a seed stage fund focused on investing into technology companies. LAUNCHUB average investment into one company is EUR 500k and a the funds keeps a follow on capacity of up to EUR 1,5 million per company. The companies Rumen engages with usually have a product loved by their customers in industries that are being transformed through technology or are the pioneers in industries that are yet to penetrate our lives.

Eric Muscat
IT Advisory Services at KPMG

Eric has been involved with IT for the past 30 years and has helped numerous organisations in a wide diversity of industries, take advantage of technology in support of new business models, operational efficiency, revenue growth and compliance requirements.

David Vella
Founder & CEO of Altaro Software

David has led Altaro Software since the company was founded in 2009. Before Altaro, David spent 11 years at GFI Software with the last position being Director of Product Management. At GFI Software he was responsible for the product management of GFI's product lines. Other responsibilities while at GFI Software included market/sales analysis, acquisitions and building OEM relationships with GFI's OEM partners. David joined GFI when it had less than 15 employees and left when GFI Software had over 200 employees worldwide.

Pat Mills
Investor/Advisor/Start up enthusiast

Patrick is a former partner at Accenture, the c. $53 billion global consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, where he specialised in turnarounds and large programmes. He has various business and pro-bono interests, and is passionate about his skiing, travelling and windsurfing. Patrick has lived and worked in Dubai, Ras al Khaimah, Paris, Prague, Stockholm, Verbier and various UK & US cities.

Coaches and Mentors

Angelika Lattner
Change Agent at Owner/ President

Social Entrepreneur by heart - developing business solutions in international and challenging settings.

Deborah Webster
Founder and CEO at AMANI

Deborah is a trusted advisor in identifying and building winning teams. An advocate for business as a force for good, she is particularly vested in the impact business has in both economic and social terms across various strata of society.

Lars O'Connel
Deal Today

Lars is the founder and CEO of Deal Today, Malta's largest deal site. Lars also has several other start ups coming soon!

Emil Abirascid
Giornalista e fondatore di StartupBusiness, l’hub dell’ecosistema italiano dell’innovazione che si fa impresa.

Keith Fenech
VP Software Analytics at Trackerbird - a V.i. Laboratories Company

With a background in high-performance computing and Big Data Analytics, Keith is an Entrepreneur specialized in ICT with a passion for startups and extreme sports.

Enrico Aprico
Serial Entrepreneur

Expert in new business models, he’s the co-founder and CEO of the creative agency Shicon Europe, the co-founder and CEO of Dudebike and Stukk Design, focused on modern and functional furniture. Aprico is also an EDTECH Teacher at IED (European Istitute of Design) at the Sole 24 ore Business School (Milan, Italy) and the Cattolica University of Milan.

Daniel Bradtke
Co-Founder / CMO at Mobilbet

Serial Entrepreneur involved within several Online Gaming Startups / Brands offering Sports Betting and Casino games towards various Northern- & Central European markets.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Malta Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Malta is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Jarek Bialek
Acceleration Program Manager @ MITA Innovation HUB

Living and breathing the challenges of the FinTech sector since 2004, for the last >9 years I have been also actively involved in the global startup ecosystem as a startup co-founder, acceleration program manager, mentor/coach and educator. I have been collaborating with several institutions – from startup incubators and accelerators to universities - designing and running structured programs targeting local and international startup communities. I have also been collaborating with corporate partners designing and delivering intrapreneurial programs, focused on rapid ideation, prototyping and validation.

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