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Info Day for SMEs and SME Support Organisations (Malta)

Date: 7 October 2020

On Wednesday, 7 October, Malta went live to kick off the first EU Open for Business 2020 Info Day!

Connecting over 100 local SME experts, business owners and entrepreneurs, the digital event format provided a prime opportunity to address how Maltese SMEs can access finance, find new business partners and adapt for the future.

The video livestream and session recordings from the Info Day can be found here, and the presentations are available for download below.

Programme

09:00 - 09:10

WELCOME ADDRESS

Brigitte Tanti, National Coordinator for the Enterprise Europe Network – Malta, Malta Enterprise


09:10 – 09:25

Overview on EU Programmes & Advisory Support

Kristin Schreiber, Director for SME Policy, European Commission


09:25 – 09:45

Setting the scene – The EU perspective

Dr Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for EU Funds and Affairs


10:30 – 11:00

Session: Reinventing our ways of doing international business

Theme 1: Partnering Support & Success story

EEN Malta Expert: Kevin Mizzi, Executive, Membership & Internationalisation, Malta Chamber

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Expert: Brigitte Tanti, National Coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network – Malta, Malta Enterprise

Thematic Success stories:
Chris Busuttil Delbridge - Evolve Ltd
Alex Thomson Mizzi - Growth Gurus


11:00 – 11:30

Thematic Table: Theme 1 - Partnering Support


11:30 – 12:00

Session : Adapting to a rapidly changing marketplace

Theme 2: Advisory Support & Success Story

EEN Malta Expert: Joe Tanti, CEO, Malta Business Bureau
SOLVIT Expert: Mark Xerri, Ministry of Economy
Thematic Success Story: Sean Aquilina - Maka Visuals


12:00 – 12:15

Thematic Table: Theme 2 – Advisory Support


12:30– 13:10

Session: Tapping innovative financing to grow sustainably

Theme 3: Financing support & Success Story

EEN Malta Expert: Steven Frigerio, Horizon 2020 Executive at Malta Council for Science & Technology

IPR Expert: Claire Fritz, Senior Project Manager, European IP Helpdesk

Thematic Success Stories:
Jurij Dreo - Brain Trip
Shane Hunter - AquaBiotech Ltd

Closing remarks of the morning session by moderator


13:10 – 13:40

Thematic Table: Theme 3 – Finance & Innovation Support


13:30 – 13:40

OPENING SPEECH:

Dr Elena Grech, Head of the Representation Office of the European Commission to Malta


13:40 – 14:10

Q&A: LET'S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS

Perit David Xuereb, President of the Malta Chamber


14:45 – 15:30

THEMATIC SESSION and Q&A: START-UPS & INNOVATION

EEN Malta Experts:
Brigitte Tanti, Head of EU Programmes Unit, Malta Enterprise
Steven Frigerio, Horizon 2020 Executive at Malta Council for Science & Technology

Participation of:
Alex Borg, Accelerator Manager at MITA Innovation Hub                                        

SOLVIT Expert: Mark Joseph Xerri, Ministry of Economy
IPR Expert: Claire Fritz, Senior Project Manager, European IP Helpdesk              

Success Story: Brad Bartolo Frendo, Eight Eight Ltd.


16:00 – 16:45

THEMATIC SESSION and Q&A: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

EEN Malta Experts:
Kevin Mizzi, Executive, Membership & Internationalisation, Malta Chamber
Joe Tanti, CEO, Malta Business Bureau

Participation of:
Dana Farrugia, CEO, Tech.MT

Success Stories:
Peter Meadley and Kathleen Bulteel - AcrossLimits
Tyron Lloyd Baron - Inboundmuse


16:45 – 16:50 

Closing Remarks 

 Valentina Superti, Director of Resources, DG GROW, European Commission

 


 

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