Startup Weekend Malta in collaboration with the MCA

    Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Malta in collaboration with the MCA

Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, July 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

TAKEOFF Incubator
University of Malta
Malta, Malta

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Malta's biggest Startup Event with Amazon (AWS), Seedcamp, Citrix, Microsoft, Altaro and others

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 the TAKEOFF Incubator of the University of Malta.


Friday July 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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 July 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 July 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Surfside - Drinks!
We will be going to Surfside (Sliema) for a much needed bev!


Simon Azzopardi
Product Lead at Sherpa | President of Silicon Valletta

Simon Azzopardi is a startup enthusiast with a focus on tech products. Simon leads product at Sherpa, an InsureTech Startup, is the president of Silicon Valletta and has been part of Malta Startup Weekend since the beginning. Speak to Simon on any help with team, validation and product. 

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.

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.

Sarah Kennard
Public relations and communications specialist

Sarah has been working as a public relations and communications consultant for almost twenty years building, developing and managing the public relations division with leading marketing communications agency MPS Ltd. In her capacity as a communication specialist, Sarah has acted as an intermediary between the general public and numerous local and international organizations, conceiving and implementing integrated communication campaigns on behalf of the company’s clients. Sarah was also the editor for the Air Malta In flight magazine for the past seven years.

Anthony Grech
Management at V&A Investments

Anthony Grech has held various senior positions in the finance industry. In London Anthony was involved in the valuation of multiple cross boarder private equity and M&A transactions. He also valued stock options for FTSE listed companies and his insights on capital markets developments and publicly listed equities were widely followed by the financial media, including Bloomberg and the Financial Times. Anthony is currently managing the operations of V&A Investments Limited, the corporate venture capital arm of Alf Mizzi & Sons and Gasan Group. V&A Investments invests in early stage technology start-ups, predominantly at the seed and round 1 phase.

Coaches and Mentors

Mike Reiner
Amazon - Business Development Venture Capital EMEA

Passionate about tech start-ups, business model innovation, cutting edge technology, business transformation. Catalyzing growth of startups, venture capital, mentoring, connecting, moderating, strategy consultancy. Background in Seed stage venture capital, M&A integration, Strategic Outsourcing transformation, business analysis/ intelligence, new business deals, project/program management, due diligence, IT/business consultancy.

Dave Haynes
Business Development at Seedcamp

With an entrepreneurial background in music and tech, Dave is now focused on helping other startups. Dave was one of the earliest hires at SoundCloud and having seen the company grow for five years, decided to go back to startup life. Most recently Dave was heading up business development and growth at startup studio Makeshift, helping turn multiple products into fully-fledged businesses. Dave also setup Music Hack Day and is passionate about connecting people, ideas and technology. When not at work you’ll find him playing Lego or Minecraft with his two young sons or travelling to new cities to find good places to run.

Michael Sturm
Managing Director, APAC ADTECH/AOL Platforms CEO and founder of TMSe

Michael Sturm is an expert in opening new revenue opportunities and to expand business into new markets. Sturm has successfully grown business for ADTECH/AOL and opened new markets in Europe, Middle East and APAC. In his position as Managing Director APAC he focuses on the ongoing expansion in Asia and the Pacific island nations. He has more than 15 years’ experience in selling online and marketing services. He provides dedicated skills and a trusted network for digital companies to expand into new markets.

Don Ross
Director Cloud Consulting - EMEA at Citrix

During the past 27+ years, Don has worked in a variety of IT management roles including 14 years as Managing Partner & Technical Director with German new economy start-up Six Offene Systeme, as Managing Director and CTO of digital marketing leader MRM WorldWide,  in senior global support and service management positions with American software companies PGP and Symantec, and most recently as Director of Cloud Consulting - EMEA for Citrix. Don is passionate about building high-performing international software service and consulting teams, and strategies... as well as mentoring managers across a broad range of management responsibilities including people, key-account, and performance management. Don also has both managed, and been directly involved in numerous successful investment funding, due diligence and M&A scenarios throughout his professional career.

Angelika Lattner
IT & Sales Consultant

Ti da una mano se vuoi capire di piu:

come mettere alla prova la tua strategia di business / Vendita: come trovare partner e clienti / Business Development / utilizzo di Social Media / andare oltre i limiti mentalmente e geograficamente
e soprattutto per allenarti Domenica subito dopo pranzo per il pitch vincente finale!!
Con l’esperienza internazionale in numerosi contesti di StartupWeekend e formati simili porta una grande esperienza di mentoring, coaching e judging idee di Startup.

Angelika è un consulente tecnologica e vendite di professione e un agente per il cambio continuo di cuore. Lei ha di più di 20 anni di esperienza professionale in una serie di posizioni, industrie e nazioni.
Approciando ogni sfida di business od di vita con metodi #Lean e cercando soluzioni “fuori dalla scatola”.

Ha sviluppato un legame forte con l’Italia e specialmente col Sud non solo tramite le amicizie da quando era piccola ma anche avendo lavorato con la Hewlett-Packard nelle vendite dei server & storage sui grandi clienti in Italia. (vendita per le aziende più grandi d’Italia: Bulgari, Pirelli, Fiat, Telekom ..)

Angelika crea connessioni tra personaggi energetici e di talento oltre confini per costruire e favorire opportunià di collaborazione e business.

Kite-, Wind- and Couchsurfing / Swimming / SlowFood / Travel

Brian Azzopardi
Founder & CEO at Rawstream

Rawstream is an innovative cloud-based web filtering and monitoring solution. We are focused on helping small and medium businesses spent their time online more productively, profitably and safely.

Edward Portelli
Business Development Manager in Microsoft

Edward has 20 years’ experience in the field of IT and Management. He joined Microsoft Malta 4 years ago as Business Development Manager to build the Microsoft Innovation Centre and support the local developers and start-ups in Malta. As part of his job at the Innovation Centre, Edward is in contact with local IT start-ups, providing guidance and resources to succeed in their venture.

Previously, Edward worked as a business development manager with a global company responsible for defining strategic plans to penetrate new markets in Middle East and Africa.

Daniel Galle
Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur

Currently co-founder and CEO of Sense Investment Group Ltd., owner of Sense of Nature Ltd. and Brand House Ltd. Specialties are focused on Start-Ups, Internationalization, New Business Development, Operations Automation and Brand Building.   Also offer extensive practical experience on raising Venture Capital and how to prepare Start-Ups for Seed Funding, management of Investor Relationships and how to create Value for company Shareholders and Investors. Includes Board of Director structuring and work processes.   Believe in the Lean StartUp Methodology and use of Minimum Viable Products to test new markets and business assumptions.

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.

Puria Nafisi Azizi
Partner and Customer Relationship Manager @Axant

Digital Rights and Free Software hacktivist since always, Puria started AXANT to ban those bad patterns learned and experienced in fortune 200 companies. Deep technical background and a curious hackish attitude helps him to be a smart problem solver and a great question
maker! Already mentor of past editions of the SWE, works daily with a lot of startups to validate business ideas and create effective MVPs.
- Rapid prototyping
- Customer Validation
- Technical feasibility
- Business Intelligence

Vincenzo Notaristefano
CEO + Marketing, Communication and Partnership strategy development

I am an entrepreneur and consultant in love with innovation and since my mantra is "Give First", I used to organize startup events all around Southern Italy since 2010.
My main focuses right now are: 
- Micro and Small Agrofood industries process innovation
- Corporate innovation programs
- Startup Mentoring
I love hanging around with anyone in front of a great food and an amazing bottle of wines ;-)
I can help teams with:
- Customer Discovery  
- Customer Jobs 
- Build customer oriented MVP
- VPC, BMC, G2M strategy
... anything else (no tech) around startup journey
Today after 8 years i can say that I have tried my best to spread out the "startup" vision in Italy, but together a few other crazy people I failed, since right now Italy "startup" is equal to "company" and we have a huge investment gap compared to Europe.

Emerson Farrugia
CTO @ Open mHealth

Open mHealth is a startup that’s disrupting healthcare in the US and beyond. We give clinical meaning to digital health data, and connect companies big and small to improve patient care. We’re based in New York and San Francisco.

Emerson leads technical direction at Open mHealth, identifying and designing technology that helps companies join the open ecosystem. In past lives, he’s designed and built systems for companies in telecommunications, payments, iGaming, and cloud.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Malta in collaboration with the MCA 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.
Learn how to get involved here

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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.

Event Staff

Alice Capron

As a French intern event organizer at TAKEOFF Business Incubator, will be on hand to help with the organization of this start-up weekend.Alice is in Malta for a 6 months interning at TAKEOFF to strengthen her experience and knowledge in the event and planning sector. Having worked for entrepreneurs and start-ups in France, on different projects including creating a national day dedicated to entrepreneurs, helping with the organisation of a startup platform and even team-building gigs. Alice looks to get more involved in the start up scene, loving the creativity, challenge and innovation that comes with it.

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