27/07/2022

Wednesday

9:00

Introduction to Pitchora

Introduction to Pitchora

The official opening speech for Pitchora Talks

9:35

The 'STAR' in Start-up

The 'STAR' in Start-up

It takes a number of personal skills to push the boundaries of innovation. Malta Chamber Members Yasmin de Giorgio, Maurizio Mamo, Alistair Buttigieg and James Camilleri bring clarity to the salient entrepreneurial skills required to boost a start-up’s success.

10:00

Breaking into the family business investment cycle

Breaking into the family business investment cycle

Family business CEOs Benjamin Tabone Grech and Chris Busuttil Delbridge present us with a discussion about the increased risk appetite for investing in start-ups as well as the importance of incorporating new technology within their business models.

10:25

Biggest Mistakes A Start-up Founder Should Avoid

Biggest Mistakes A Start-up Founder Should Avoid

The road to start-up success may have its bumps along the way. Expert entrepreneurs James Zammit, Johan Zammit, Patrice Peyre, Beata Young and Peter Grech give us their take on the biggest mistakes early business founders can make - and how to avoid them.

10:50

Show Me The Money? The challenges of investing and being ready for investment.

Show Me The Money? The challenges of investing and being ready for investment.

Paul Grech, Arthur Azzopardi, Ellie Krantz and Brian Zarb Adami take us through the motions of getting into shape for investment, shedding light on what exactly it is that start-ups must do to showcase their business ideas to appeal to what investors look for.

11:30

The Power of Finding a Market Gap

The Power of Finding a Market Gap

FreeHour Founder & CEO Zach Ciappara walks us through his experience as a creator of a booming digital platform for students that also caters for local & international brands looking to attract that demographic through advertising. 

11:45

Being a wartime CEO!

Being a wartime CEO!

The lens of wartime vs peacetime leadership may provide a transformative way of thinking that ought to improve entrepreneurs’ different management skills. Violetta

Shishkina, Founder of CAD Chain & Fe/male switch, delves into what it takes to be a Wartime CEO. 

12:00

Resilience and perseverance is key - our story!

Resilience and perseverance is key - our story!

The mindset to keep going no matter what can pave the way for a strategic and successful start-up journey. Ben Vincenti and Jonathan Azzopardi Frantz, Co-Founders of Get Hitched, Evently and Bookia give us a look into the visions and values that have proved fruitful in their business affairs. 

12:15

From a Cab Start-Up to a Tech-Powered Enterprise

From a Cab Start-Up to a Tech-Powered Enterprise

Founder of eCabs Matthew Bezzina gives us a glimpse into his journey as the bringer of the taxi revolution in Malta, sharing his journey on how he managed to disrupt the local taxi market and how eCabs continues to come forward with innovative solutions.

12:30

The importance of finding the right co-founder!

The importance of finding the right co-founder!

Choosing the right Co-Founder is without a doubt one of the most important decisions to make not only for your start-up but also for your overall quality of life during your business journey. Rachel Cachia and Martina Zammit share their success story as business partners.

13:15

A Start-up Hub in the making

A Start-up Hub in the making

Malta’s start-up ecosystem is coming off age with government and private industry structures improving their output. Competitions and events are dotting the start-up calendar year but the usual problematic suspects are still at large.  The panel shall address the way forward, especially in relation to financing, banking and entrepreneurial culture.

13:40

Preparing to exit your startup

Preparing to exit your startup

A sure way to reduce the inevitable risks that come with the event of a business sale is to prepare in advance. Scaling a start-up to exit is likely to take work and time. Julian Pace Ross, Chris Peregin and Michael Bonello draw on their experience and share their best strategies for exiting your start-up.

14:20

The right to bank

The right to bank

Banking is a hot topic for the start-up community. Entrepreneurs Simon Micallef, Luca Arrigo, Kenneth Farrugia and Chris Agius come forward with an expert solution for a considerable issue - what can a start-up do to make the bank opening process more efficient?

14:45

Deal making: Beyond the handshake

Deal making: Beyond the handshake

No matter the scale of your business, being knowledgeable about strategic ways to raise capital can often mean the difference between success and failure. Angel Investors Mikko Puhakka, Marcel Cutajar, Stephen Chetcuti Bonavita and Claire Cianco walk us through the significant journey of raising capital.