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

Startup Weekend comes to the island of Malta

Startup Weekend comes to the Mediterranean island of Malta

Now is your chance to get involved: we are connecting with sponsors here.

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, if you dont 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 here NOW.
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.

Now the event can be enjoyed in Malta. Register here NOW.

Startup Weekend comes to the island of Malta

The event will take place in SmartCity Malta. SmartCity Malta is a 360k square metre media city on the models of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City.

Startup Weekend comes to the island of Malta

Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors
Contributing Sponsors

Dr Leonie Baldacchino

Lecturer, University of Malta

Dr. Leonie Baldacchino holds a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Warwick Business School (UK), an M.A. in Creativity and Innovation (Distinction) and a B.Psy.(Hons.) from the University of Malta. She has recently been appointed Director of The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta, where she has been lecturing on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation since 2008. She is also a Board Member of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation and of the Cottonera Resource Centre, both forming part of the University of Malta. Since 2009, Leonie has been involved in the coordination and organisation of various entrepreneurship-related incentives at the University of Malta, including the Global Entrepreneurship Week events hosted locally by The Edward de Bono Institute, and the entrepreneurship stream on the Degree Plus programme. She has also lectured on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation at Warwick Business School (UK), at Teesside Business School (UK), and at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, and has delivered numerous presentations and workshops to organisations including Junior Chamber International, Malta Association of Women in Business, Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs, Malta Association of Work and Organisational Psychologists and St. Nicholas College.

Edwin Ward

Director, Ogilvy Malta

Ed is a Scot like his mentor David Ogilvy and founder of Ogilvy's operations in Malta, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and Ogilvy PR. He has worked on clients such as Audi, AXA, Barclays, BAT, BIC, Bupa, Chesterton, Citroen, DHL, Dogs Trust, European Parliament, Gillette, GSK, Guardian, HSBC, Intercontinental, Kodak, Kraft, Lufthansa, Mitsubishi, Nestlé, Novartis, Philips, Porsche, Qatar Foundation, Relais & Chateaux, SAP, Shell, Western Union, Unibet and Unilever.

He carried out a major study of Health & Safety in Malta funded by the UK Government and led the study to identify new markets for the 4th largest global ship register.

Ed was involved in the creation of a new tourism brand identity, later launching a communications campaign across Europe, while simultaneously launching an internal brand campaign in the home market.

He pioneered the use of a semiotic square in the hospitality industry preparing the brand identity for the €100 million Grand Hotel Excelsior and €50 million Hotel Phoenicia Malta.

He is a visiting lecturer on Brand Identity and Brand Image at Malta University.

Deborah Webster

Deborah Webster is a specialist in Profiling, Leadership and Personal Governance. She has a keen interest in understanding what makes people tick and creating optimum environments to maximise peoples potential.
Deborah has profiled many of the worlds top talent, identifying the secrets to their success as both business people and as human beings. Having lived and worked in England, the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Malta, she also has a unique understanding of cultures and human dynamics. It is this knowledge, complemented with her insights on the broader impact of business and business transformation that enable her to be a catalyst for change for the future. Her client portfolio includes ACE European Group, Arab Banking Corporation, AXA Investment Managers, Bahamdan Group, Bank of Valletta, Carlyle Group, Credit Suisse, GFI Software, Gulf Investment Corporation, HSBC, KPMG, Millicom Cellular, Nortel Networks and Saudi British Bank.
Even though Deborah has had an international career, she has never forgotten her roots. She has a personal passion for and commitment to enabling Maltese youth gain access to resources to further their development, careers and ambitions, and is active in creating and supporting programmes and initiatives to support this.
Based primarily between Dubai, London and Malta, her clientele is international and hence travels to where her clients are.


Brian Azzopardi

CEO Rawstream

Rawstream is a cloud-based web filtering solution that solves exciting problems around network security, web-scale scalability, text classification, data mining and big data using patent-pending innovative technology.

Rawstream is a winner of Seedcamp, the Number 1 accelerator in the EU.

Jean-Philippe Chetcuti

Co-founder and senior partner of Chetcuti Cauchi   |   LinkedIn

Jean-Philippe is Maltese in origin but has lived in the UK and pursued further studies and specializations therein. Jean-Philippe has significant experience in advising local and foreign corporations and investors in Europe, he acts as legal counsel and tax consultant to individuals, business families and companies seeking a tax-efficient commercial or residential base in Malta and / or Cyprus. He provides advice on corporate law, taxation and trust law matters, and has acted as Counsel in complex commercial transactions.

Marvin Cuschieri

CEO, Foundation for Human Resource Development   |   LinkedIn

Marvin Cuschieri is CEO of the Foundation for Human Resource Development and the former head of the Business & Investment Consultancy Unit at Malta Enterprise - the country's business advisory service. With ten years of private and public consulting experience, Marvin knows what it takes to nurture and grow a business. Start-ups are his passion and he has organised a number of related competitions and activities in order to instil and promote a culture of entrepreneurship in Malta.

Benjamin McClure

Manager, University of Malta Business Incubator

Manager of the University of Malta Business Incubator, Ben is a seasoned technology commercialisation advisor with more than ten years experience helping technology entrepreneurs and researchers around the world prepare for the marketplace and successfully raise public funding and private investment. Ben was a highly-rated technology equities analyst at London-based investment bank, and led spinoff company development at TEC Edmonton, the technology transfer group at the University of Alberta, Canada. He also ran his own technology startup consulting business. Ben holds an MBA (Technology Commercialisation)from the University of Alberta's School of Business.

Ben is excited about the launch of the University Business Incubator, to be located later this year in the soon-to-be-vacated Computer Sciences Building in the heart of the university campus.

The incubator will be home to a technology spinout and accelerator program designed to enable technology entrepreneurs create high potential, sustainable businesses – taking them from idea to investment and launch. By providing access to business advisers and mentors, training, shared space, professional assistance and capital and other resources, the incubator will close the knowledge and resources gap experienced by early-stage technology entrepreneurs as they embark on their startup (ad)ventures.

Danilo Dölle


Can help You with: Strategy / Technology / E-Commerce / Mobile / Getting things done!

Danilo is an IT and E-Commerce Expert and Problem Solver. He founded his first company more than 10 years ago and is involved in mobile and social based start ups. He worked in projects with some of Germany’s award-winning e-commerce sites. Despite his professional experience in software development and system administration he is focused on optimizing and automating business processes the lean way – keeping it short and simple!

Soccer, Motorcycles, Capoeira, Travelling, Surfing – and wine, cheese and bread.

Angelika Lattner

Change Agent   |   LinkedIn

Angelika can help you with: Sales / Strategy&Structures / Business Development / Going beyond borders mentally and geographically.

Angelika is an IT & Sales Consultant by trade and Change Manager by heart. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in several positions, industries and nations. Approaching every life/business challenge with Lean methods, BMC, Zero-based-thinking, solution oriented or some might say: Back to basics!

Angelika aims to connect talented and energetic people across borders to create and foster unique business opportunities.

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

Mike Richardson

CTO, TRC Entertainment

For the last 16 years, I’ve held senior technical and operational director roles within Electronic Arts, Crytek and Bioware, bringing innovation within the online gaming space and delivering solutions for large-scale, complex and globally distributed online video games. An EA veteran, I’ve been in the video games industry since 1996. I’m passionate about bringing together the best online experience for consumers with fun and exciting products. I’ve delivered multiple online, mobile, and social games and platforms, including MMOs such as Ultima Online and, most recently, the critically acclaimed Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Ing. Edward Portelli

Business Development Manager, Microsoft Innovation Centre

Edward joined Microsoft Malta in 2012 as Business Development Manager for the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Malta. He is responsible for the general management of the Centre and for building programs to support the local IT community. The Microsoft Innovation Centre in Malta forms part of over 100 such centers by Microsoft focusing on the needs of the local software economy.
Before joining Microsoft, Edward held various positions with the global news organization Thomson Reuters. He was instrumental in designing and executing the regional business development strategy which included multi-million dollar projects to develop and enhance the company’s products to better serve the regional clients. In this role he worked with clients in various countries across Middle East and Africa.
Edward holds a Bachelor Degree in Computer and Communication Engineering from the University of Malta and a Masters in Business Administration from Grenoble Business School.

Claudio Camilleri

CEO and co-founder of Raw Biscuits   |   LinkedIn

Raw Biscuits is a startup that provides online solutions for the youth and amateur sports market. The focus of the company is Pitch22, a web application aimed to change the way a football club organises itself.

Claudio is a Chartered Marketer (CIM UK). He co-launched the Juventus Academy and the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy in Malta. He spent 6 years as Head of Sales & Marketing at a leading beverages company and worked for 9 years in financial services.

Claudio is 37 years old, married and has a 2 year old daughter. He plays futsal and is passionate about enogastronomy, travel and technology.

Keith Fenech

CEO Trackerbird   |   LinkedIn

Keith is the co-founder and CEO of Trackerbird Software Analytics. Trackerbird provides a cloud service used by international software companies to anonymously track installations, feature usage, user engagement and conversion trends for their software products. Trackerbird processes call-home data from millions of installations and uses intelligent algorithms to transform Big Data into real-time interactive Analytics reports.

Apart from Application Runtime Intelligence, the Trackerbird service also includes a unique ReachOut™ in-app marketing framework that helps companies boost conversions and collect feedback through in-app surveys.

Keith has a passion for startups, entrapreneurship, extreme sports (kitesurfing/skydiving) and technology. He can help in the areas of Business Development, operations, Cloud services and High performance computing.

Godwin Schembri

Chief technology Officer, RS2 Software plc

Holding Senior Technology and Strategic Roles within the international payment business for over 15 years, Godwin is a highly experienced Payment Industry professional. His success lies in his ability to combine technical and business skills to deliver global payment solutions. He has been involved in a number of large-scale IT payments projects working with Global Banks, Payment Service providers and Payment processors. His skills include Issuing and Acquiring, Platform Architecture, Cloud services, Information Security, Payment schemes, Online authorisation and switching.

Godwin has been involved in most aspects of software development and can help design solutions that are truly scalable, secure and globally compatible with easy localisation capabilities.

Godwin has an MBA in eBusiness and a B.Sc. in Maths and Computing.

Vincenzo Notaristefano

Co-founder & CEO

Can Help You with: Lean Development/Go2Market Strategy/Startup Economics

Vincenzo Notaristefano is CEO and CO-founder of different startups and is mentor & advisor for some others. Organizer at Startup Weekend Bari and Lecce provides business development for highly innovative startups from Apulia Region.

Vincenzo has significant experience in lean marketing strategy and in bootstrapping for startups, micro & small businesses. He sits on various Board of directors for territorial innovation development. He has been keen on business topics since high school operating with small artigianal and commercial businesses, helping them to innovate the tradition. Always interested into transforming low profile territories into highly challenging places that will fullfil the entire startup process.

Has two challenges:
1. learn how to code and
2. remake Taranto's area into the Magna Grece Capital

Interests in Food, Wines, swimming, Travel, Parties, Culture, Tradition and Innovation.



Apr 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas. You may stay and work as late as you need (the venue will be open overnight).


Apr 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Mentors arrive and help teams one-to-one
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend status reports, call for help etc
  • Finished for the day. However you may stay and work as late as you need (the venue will be open overnight).


Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & post event networking
Simon Azzopardi
Jaroslaw Bialek
Martin Leonard

Kevin Valenzia

Territory Senior Partner, PwC Malta

Kevin Valenzia is the Territory Senior Partner, and has been a partner with, PricewaterhouseCoopers in Malta since 1987. He is a past Chairman of the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners in Malta and a former governor of Finance Malta. He is consulted regularly by the Government on matters relating to the financial services industry. His role at PricewaterhouseCoopers includes advising on structuring for a large number of international groups of companies and private clients

Karl Schranz

Capital Angels

Karl spent 10 years working for a reputable audit firm in various Audit roles before joining JP Morgan Chase in London in 2005. Karl then returned to Malta to head the Corporate Finance arm of a local Accountancy firm. In 2010 Karl was one of the founding members in Malta to set up E&S Consultancy Limited. Karl heads E&S‘s Corporate Finance and Angel Investment divisions.

David Vella

CEO Altaro Software   |   LinkedIn

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.

Josef Calleja

General Manager, GFI Software - Malta

With over 20 years’ experience in the finance sector, Josef joined GFI in 2005 to lead the corporate finance team. Today, Josef is the group’s Vice President of Sales Operations and General Manager of the GFI office in Malta. Having started his career in the financial services industry, his vast experience spans businesses ranging from start-ups to complex group structures

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