Rules of Engagement

​The MITA Innovation Hub (MIH) is an open, collaborative environment designed to give our affiliates the opportunity of interaction with external collaborators for the benefit of startup growth, development and internationalisation. These collaborators may be mentors, supporting partners, entrepreneurs, technical experts, investors or other third parties appointed or invited by the MIH to support its programmes. Startups choosing to engage in such interactions, either prior to applying for one of our calls or after being accepted into a programme, shall do so at their sole responsibility and shall assume all risk arising from such interactions, as well as from the use they make of this website and associated resources and plugins such as the F6S platform used to manage the application process.

Clear rules of engagement have therefore been set to facilitate this relationship:

  • We support business ideas based on the application of digital technologies.

  • Anyone can apply for our calls for startups as long as they conform to the rules governing each call.

  • In our calls for startups we ask for a minimum team complement of two people to support the project. But to ensure prototype or product delivery within a short timeframe (typically 16 weeks) we need to establish that there is a credible team that may need to rely on externally sourced advisors, partners or resources.

  • You do not need to be a registered business undertaking when applying for our calls, but if you are selected to follow our acceleration programme you are expected to initiate the process of registration into a business undertaking.

  • We do not take any share or equity in your business.

  • We will not commercially exploit any proprietary technologies such as software, hardware, infrastructure or intellectual property provided by our supporting partners.

  • We consider learning and experimentation to be the overriding benefit for our affiliates, including when their projects or ideas fail.

  • We foster a culture of trust with and between our affiliates and mentors.

  • We do not harbour any preference for any proprietary technology.

  • Startups applying for our calls are expected to deliver a pitch of their proposed business idea to other startups forming part of their cohort, as well as to a restricted number of collaborators, who may be involved as mentors, coaches or judges.