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Have you ever wondered what does it take to change your ideas into a viable business? To be your own boss? What sacrifices are necessary to agree on to live a life of an entrepreneur?

Providing you with these answers is one of the key reasons why Startup Weekend keeps being organized in Malta in the first place. And second of all, there’s also “life after Startup Weekend”! like i.e. pre-acceleration and (seed funded) acceleration programs run by MITA Innovation Hub.

The concept of Startup Weekend events – taking place in +140 countries and +1000 cities every year – is in itself a tried and tested tool to build the motivational and strategic capabilities of to-be entrepreneurs. Within a weekend-long (54-hours) event, the participants are given the opportunity to simulate the pre-startup and early-stage activities of a new entrepreneurial venture, from having to identify a client base through to pitching their projects to prospect investors. The Startup Weekend event can be considered a hybrid cross-breed between a whirlwind startup acceleration program and intense entrepreneurial training. What Startup Weekend achieves for budding entrepreneurs is emulating the leap from bare ideas, through to team building, co-funding, validating, prototyping and finally launching and scaling up. The focus on small teams, building trust and engaging with mentors and potential investors becomes a mini-replication of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Being involved in launching all Maltese additions of Startup Weekend (since 2013) I’ve been asked many times “What’s next?” “How do you plan to keep up the momentum?” We’ve experimented with several different approaches but with this years’ opening I can finally say: We’re ready to walk you through – step-by-step – team formation, idea validation, prototyping and (seed) funding. All as one, consistent process! Thanks to collaboration with MITA Innovation HUB, Startup Weekend is in sync with its YouStartIT pre-acceleration (kicking off a few weeks after the SW event) and acceleration programmes. Have a look here to find out what’s out there you!

So no more excuses! Start planning your availability for the second week of November (10-12 March) and let’s start working together on taking your business idea to the next level!

Jaroslaw Bialek