"Just like a seed uses both light and darkness to grow, businesses should not be afraid to use knowledge and innovation as seeds of development for the next great things." - Minister for the Economy and Industry, Hon. Silvio Schembri
Through this collaboration between the Ministry for Economy and Industry and The University of Malta, €100,000 are being allocated through the TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award to enable next phase towards commercialisation of business and research ideas.
Malta is driving forward a knowledge-based economy founded on research, creativity, innovation and the
In his remarks, University of Malta Rector, Prof. Alfred J. Vella, noted how last year has brought on challenges which none of us could have ever anticipated. He noted that despite this, many have continued to show grit and determination in forging on with their research and launching and growing their business ventures. Prof. Vella, stated that even if they had to change their plans, like we all did in some way or another, they still persisted with their quest to make society better than they’ve found it, and he reflected his hope this serves as inspiration to this year’s applicants. “The support provided by the Ministry of the Economy and the Industry, which the University is ever so grateful for, allows us to once again offer such opportunities to other UM researchers and entrepreneurs. We look forward to witnessing the richness in quality of this year's applications”, concluded Prof. Alfred J. Vella.
Knowledge Transfer Office Director, Dr Ing. Anton Bartolo explained that the
Award will fund two types of initiatives.
Dr Ing. Anton Bartolo explained that the Award will fund two types of initiatives. The first one is aimed at the University of Malta academic staff who may apply for Proof of Concept funds. This will enable a step-change in taking an innovation developed through research at the University closer to being commercialised. The second will be aimed for entrepreneurs involved in a start-up, as well as students currently enrolled in the Master in Knowledge Based Entrepreneurship course offered by CEBI. The latter may apply for Seed Funds, which will enable a step-change in taking their independent technology or knowledge-based start-up closer to the first customer or investment. A Seed Fund and Proof of Concept workshop will be held on 27 April 2021. Attendance by at least one key member of the team is required in order for the respective application to be considered eligible. Dr Ing Bartolo advised that further information may be obtained from the TAKEOFF website.
Submissions can be received by noon of Thursday 13 May 2021.