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About Startup Festival Malta 2023

This year's Start-Up Festival was a testament to the strength and growth of the local start-up community. Attendees were treated to a diverse array of start-up exhibits, each showcasing cutting-edge technologies, disruptive business models, and ground breaking solutions. The festival provided a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and enthusiasts to come together and explore the latest trends and innovations in various industries.

The heart of the festival was the Dealroom area, where over 500 meetings took place between start-ups and potential investors and partners. Entrepreneurs had the chance to pitch their ideas, seek funding, and build valuable relationships with industry leaders.

One of the highlights of the event was the Pitch Black competition, where more than 400 eager listeners gathered to witness start-ups present their pitches in a fast-paced and high-stakes environment. The judges as well as the audience faced the challenging task of selecting the winners from a pool of exceptionally talented participants.

Kurt Farrugia, CEO of Malta Enterprise explained that, “Pitch Black stands as a remarkable success story, showcasing the innovation of our entrepreneurs. This first edition has exceeded our expectations, with more than 40 applicants, out of which 25 female-led startups and hundreds of attendees actively listening in to the pitches. We congratulate the winners, and look forward to working closely with them in the coming weeks.”

The Start-Up Festival Malta concluded with resounding success, showcasing the dynamism and innovation of the Malta start up ecosystem. The event, which took place at the MFCC on the 5th and 6th of October, exceeded expectations, with 55 stands, over 1800 registered attendees, over 500 productive meetings in the Dealroom area, and more than 400 engaged spectators during the thrilling Pitch Black competition.

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