As part of Malta's EU Presidency, Malta will be launching
the next round of Ideas from Europe, and the search for innovators
with solutions to global challenges.
Originally launched as part of the Netherlands's EU
Presidency, Ideas from Europe is a pan-European platform,
connecting innovators and entrepreneurs with the stakeholders
needed to scale ideas with positive impact.
Individual member states hold country searches to identify the
idea and entrepreneur that will represent their country. The top
ten are provided with the required support and network to improve
their reach, scale and impact.
To conduct the search for Maltese and Malta-based innovators and
entrepreneurs, the Ministry for Economy, Investment and Small
Business has partnered with Deborah Webster, the Founder of
AMANI". Ms Webster, who was previously a Partner with a global
talent search firm, is an active supporter of start-ups in Malta,
and led the search for the first edition of Ideas from Europe.
The Minister of Economy, Investment and Small Business Chris
Cardona said: "Business leaders need to understand and
navigate increasing complexity brought about by a changing world.
We believe innovators and entrepreneurs will help solve them. Ideas
from Europe is the ideal catalyst to activate our local investors,
mentors and partners in identifying, developing and investing in
the ideas and people that will shape a better future."
Speaking about the search, Webster said, "We take a lot of
things for granted in this world such as access to clean water,
power and education. But the reality for almost a third of the
world's current population is very different. We also need to
think through new ways of doing business to factor in the growing
global population and the finite resources we have on the planet.
The solutions exist. We just need to find them and put them into
action. Beyond ideas, we are ultimately looking for great people
with ideas and solutions to some of the world's toughest
In fact, this initiative is not just about finding the idea that
will represent Malta. Minister Cardona emphasised "Building a
pipeline of innovators and entrepreneurs with this mind-set is
essential. Hence, we encourage anyone with an idea worth doing,
even exploring, to submit it online at www.ideasfrommalta.com. This
will help us engage the right mentors, partners, and investors to
further develop and expand on the idea."
The deadline for entries is 10th February 2017, and the event to
choose the Maltese representative will take place in Malta on 7th
This is a unique opportunity to discover workable solutions to
global challenges and for innovators to be able to maximise their
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