Celuna (Time Ninja), Greenfly AI, Riktig, Secura, Vestis AI and Zink (Reap) are the six startups that graduated from the fifth edition of the MITA YouStartIT accelerator programme (YouStartIT#5), which kicked-off on Monday 2nd September 2019.
Similar to the last edition of YouStartIT, and to other accelerators, YouStartIT#5 ended with Demo Day, the culmination of the programme where the startups pitched their companies to an audience of investors, mentors, alumni and other key members of the Maltese startup eco-system. Demo Day was held on Wednesday 11th December 2019 at the MITA Data Centre in Santa Venera.
Pitching in public is not an easy task and even the most experienced public speakers feel nervous before going on stage. Our startup founders were no different and one could see the anxiety on their faces before the start of the event. Once on stage, however, all those present could feel the positive energy that was in the room as every founder succeeded in presenting a high-quality 5-minute pitch that triggered follow-up questions from the audience.
The event also featured three special guests. Nemanja Avramovic from Cryptic Legends and Adrian Mizzi from Weavr, both founders of two success stories from the previous YouStartIT accelerator programme, opened the event with separate, but similar messages of encouragement and advice to the graduating startups. And to close the event, Johan Zammit, founder of Business Angels Malta (BAM), shared his exciting news about this new BAM network that was so greatly needed in the Maltese startup eco-system.
After the pitches and final talks, everyone joined the networking party held in the reception area of the MITA Data Centre where the startups seized every opportunity to connect with as many relevant stakeholders as possible. Once the event was over, the young startups and the young-at-heart went out for a truly deserved fun night-out! A perfect ending to a great accelerator programme!