MITA YouStartIT success stories: three years in the making

By |2019-12-20T11:11:52+01:00December 20th, 2019|MIH team contribution|

In a past article we answered the question about why should governments run and fund early-stage startup projects. Summarising, we argued that as part of an overall strategy and policy of creating economic wealth and well-being, these governments would want to create a startup ecosystem to tap the business ideas and talent of tech entrepreneurs, [...]

MITA YouStartIT Demo Day

By |2019-12-20T11:15:40+01:00December 19th, 2019|MIH team contribution|

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 [...]

AI, Blockchain, AR and IOT at the core of YouStartIT tech entrepreneurs’ projects

By |2019-10-09T12:51:34+02:00October 9th, 2019|MIH team contribution|

“He is a coach that took me to a level that no one ever did”. These are the words Usain Bolt used to describe Glen Mills, Head Coach of the Jamaican Olympic athletics’ team, whose rigorous attention to detail and technical expertise allowed him to analyse, deconstruct and rebuild Bolt’s running style. Bolt, the greatest [...]

The role of mentors at MITA’s YouStartIT accelerator

By |2019-09-23T12:05:52+02:00September 23rd, 2019|MIH team contribution|

Accelerators are sometimes referred to as mentor-driven programmes. But first let’s define what an accelerator is, and why mentors are so important. In the classic investor-driven model, an accelerator is a human institution that runs a programme that adds value to a startup. In other words, an accelerator “buys” startups by taking a share of [...]

YouStartIT#5 Pre-Acceleration Completed – who made it to the accelerator?

By |2019-10-09T12:51:54+02:00July 12th, 2019|MIH team contribution|

It was a long six-week journey for the eight startups who made it to the final phase of YouStartIT#5 pre-acceleration period. Submitting an excellent application by the stipulated deadline was just the first step. Our evaluators needed more information and invited each of the top 15 startups to an online interview for an in-depth assessment [...]

Validator Programme Pitching Session – What’s the result?

By |2019-10-17T11:24:02+02:00May 13th, 2019|MIH team contribution|

After five intense sessions, a great deal of determination, and lots of hard work, 12 startup teams successfully finished their #YouStartIT Validator Programme by participating in last Saturday's pitching event held at the MITA Data Centre. As per usual #YouStartIT practice, each pitch had to be delivered within five minutes and after that, the judges [...]

Validator Programme comes to an end with 12 teams pitching to get accelerated at YouStartIT

By |2019-09-21T00:13:51+02:00May 10th, 2019|MIH team contribution|

The Validator Programme comes to an end at tomorrow's pitching session at MITA Data Centre. It will be a closed event, where we will have 12 aspiring tech entrepreneurs pitching to be selected for the YouStartIT intake which will start on 2 September. Five of them led by female entrepreneurs, which is a first since [...]

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 [...]

YouStartIT#3 and the value of openness

By |2018-06-25T08:25:17+02:00March 4th, 2018|MIH team contribution|

The process leading to the selection of eight startups as part of the third edition of the YouStartIT programme was, without any shadow of doubt, a roller coaster. We were working to internationalise our call. We just didn’t expect it to happen so massively and so soon. Receiving 94 applications from 19 countries therefore gives [...]