About Alex Borg

MITA Innovation Hub manager and co-creator

If silver-backs are the most successful tech entrepreneurs, what’s the silver lining for the younger ones?

By |2020-10-25T18:19:36+01:00October 25th, 2020|MIH team contribution|

I recently had the opportunity to attend an EIT Digital online investor-startup match-making marathon event. EIT Digital, by the way, is Europe’s leading digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving digital transformation that, amongst other activities, runs an EU-wide accelerator programme that internationalises, supports and mentors tech startups all the way to Series A-B funding. [...]

Reasons why you should first validate your idea for a tech business

By |2020-05-27T08:09:11+02:00May 26th, 2020|MIH team contribution|

We’re very proud to have launched our second edition of the YouStartIT Validator programme last month. This programme complements the Accelerator which is planned to kick off some time in September. Applications on www.mih.mt will close on 18th June. The Validator programme is planned to begin on 6th July, and will be delivered completely online [...]

Startup Week in Catania: so close and yet so far. Or is it really?

By |2019-01-16T16:54:18+01:00November 27th, 2018|MIH team contribution|

I’m sure a number of you must have realised I was in Catania recently: as a speaker at Techstars Startup Weekend, and as a mentor at Startup Weekend Catania. That happened quite unexpectedly, thanks to an invitation by one of our alumnis, Danilo Mirabile, CEO Beentouch. Well, the outcome was pretty mind-blowing. For starters I [...]

A reflection on the outcome of the YouStartIT#4 shortlisting process

By |2018-11-27T13:58:35+01:00September 19th, 2018|MIH team contribution|

As you may have heard from our announcement we have shortlisted 14 startups who will be pitching for the €30,000 YouStartIT#4 pre-seed. I cannot deny that getting to this point has been a rollercoaster with many ups and downs trying to make all the deadlines. Of course we’re now thrilled to have got this [...]

New features in the YouStartIT#2 application process

By |2018-06-25T08:33:47+02:00May 30th, 2017|MIH team contribution|

Adopting a learning and experimental approach has been the underlying philosophy of the MITA Innovation Hub from day one. From one call for startups to the next we always tried something new. In fact four new experimental features which we adopted throughout the application process of YouStartIT#2 programme were: (1) the F6S APPLY button widget, [...]

Getting out of the building

By |2018-06-25T08:38:38+02:00January 8th, 2017|MIH team contribution|

In his Startup Lessons Learned blog, Eric Ries says “Very few startups fail for lack of technology. They almost always fail for lack of customers. Yet surprisingly few companies take the basic step of attempting to learn about their customers (or potential customers) until it is too late”. I can’t find this to be less [...]

YouStartIT#2 – Planning the next call

By |2018-06-25T08:40:30+02:00November 20th, 2016|MIH team contribution|

          ​Following the huge response to the first of a series of calls for startups - 19 pitches! - which was branded YouStartIT, we are now in full swing to prepare for our next call. The call is planned to kick start around March 2017, and will feature a set of [...]