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 [...]

What happens over the Pre-Acceleration phase of YouStartIT?

By |2018-06-25T08:26:17+02:00January 22nd, 2018|MIH team contribution|

We’re now left with only a few days left before closure of the call for applications for the third edition of the YouStartIT Acceleration Programme (the deadline is 28th January, 23:59). Many will be wondering how we are going to decide who should be accelerated. Here are a few details about what will happen over the [...]

How to hack your way into the YouStartIT accelerator

By |2018-06-25T08:27:26+02:00January 2nd, 2018|MIH team contribution|

We’ve just entered into the last month of the application window for YouStartIt#3 – the deadline is 28 January! Over the last few weeks we’ve received quite a few questions regarding the submitted projects. As always, there are a few generic issues quite a few applicants are struggling with. So let me try to give you some tips [...]

Sharing is caring…for your startup project

By |2018-06-25T08:31:27+02:00September 4th, 2017|MIH team contribution|

There are a few sentences you keep hearing over and over again while working with startups, like: “Are you signing NDAs?”, “Once shared, how do I know my startup idea is protected?”, “What measures should I take to protect my idea from leaking to unwanted publicity?” These are good questions, once asked at the right moment. [...]

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 [...]