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TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award- Applications Open!
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The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award, this year totalling €100,000, has been earmarked for distribution between start-ups and academics to enable the next phase towards the commercialisation of their business or research idea. The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award is a joint initiative between the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) at the University of Malta and the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Small Business (MEIB).  The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award 2017 was launched on the 12th April 2017.

The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award 2017 will fund two types of initiatives, namely, University of Malta academic staff may apply for ‘proof of concept’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking an innovation developed through research at the University closer to being commercialised. The second being that entrepreneurs may apply for ‘seed funding’ which will enable a step-change in taking their independent technology or knowledge-based start-up closer to the first customer or investment.

Schedule 2017*

Call for ApplicationsWednesday, 12th April 2017
Orientation / Proposal Workshop for ApplicationsSaturday, 29th April 2017
Written Applications Submission DeadlineTuesday, 23rd May 2017 at 12:00 noon
Announcement of Shortlisted ApplicationsTuesday 20th June 2017
Coaching for Shortlisted Applicants  (if required)Wednesday 21st June – Friday 23rd June 2017
Live Pitches to Judges Monday, 26th June –Tuesday, 27th June 2017
Signing of Grant Agreement & Disbursement of FundsWeek of 10th July 2017
Progress Report

Friday, 10th November 20174

Friday, 9th March, 2018

Deadline for Spending FundsFriday, 13th July 2018
Final Expenditure ReportFriday, 20th July 2018
 *Kindly note that the dates are subject to change

For more information, visit the TAKEOFF website  

In the run up to the award, TAKEOFF will hold a workshop which will provided skills and tools for creating a competitive proposal. The workshop will be held on Saturday 29th April between 0930 and 1215. To register, kindly click here

The event will be held at the TAKEOFF Events room, Level 2, TAKEOFF, Dar Guzeppi Zahra, University of Malta (point 28 on the campus map)


0930 – 1030

Introduction Profs Russell Smith Director CEBI

Collecting and presenting the information required for the application

1030 – 1115

TAKEOFF membership, registration and obligations

Seed Fund application form explained

1115 – 1145Coffee break & Networking
1145 – 1215Q&A

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Last Updated: 13 April 2017

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