Hack-it-on Weekend: How to validate your business idea

Final Draft Programme -09.09.15

JCI Malta is holding its first ever Business bootcamp training weekend, where individuals with a flair for business and innovation, ideally those aged between 18 and 40, are being invited to develop and validate their business ideas, either as individuals or as a group, and to learn how to turn their dreams into a valid business venture, in less than 48 hours.

Taking place on the evening of Friday 25th September 2015 and continuing throughout the whole day of Saturday 26th September 2015, this training event will be jam packed with information, first hand experiences, testimonials, success stories and hands on workshops, aiming at giving participants the knowledge and tools they need to validate a business idea.

Foreign bootcamp training expert Kaja Otto as well as a number of other foreign and local trainers, specialists and leaders in their own field will head this training event.

Coming from Germany, Kaja Otto is founder of the Business Brilliance Bootcamp. As a Brilliance Coach, Transformation Catalyst and Business Maven, Kaja successfully worked with thousands of young high potentials, hundreds of entrepreneurs and numerous companies and private clients. Through coaching, training and speaking Kaja has effectively inspired them, and opened new perspectives for their lives and careers. Kaja combines more than 10 years of consulting experience and 6 years of successfully coaching entrepreneurs, womenpreneurs & solopreneurs with a common sense and life experience. She has been coaching in business incubators, at start-up weekends and business plan competitions. She was involved in the founding as well as the realignment of businesses and organizations.

Danish born but currently based in Malta, Kris J Petersen is founder of CannonBall Invest Ltd but also a serial Entrepreneur. Kris will be present throughout the bootcamp as one of the expert-mentors and will be sharing his success story, describing how he always wanted to have his own business. By starting at the age of thirteen, that dream became a reality and today, has more than 16 successful companies behind him, many of which are still in existence today.

Dr. Abdalla Kablan is an entrepreneur and academic specialising in machine intelligence, big data analytics and computational finance. He is the founder of Scheduit – a business oriented social network that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to match relevant business professionals with each other. He is also the co-founder and CTO of Hippo Data, a newly developed big data predictions engine which utilises proprietary pattern recognition and machine intelligence tools to analyse social, economic and financial events using social media and market data. He will also be one of the expert-mentors throughout the weekend, helping participants in the process of business validation.

Andy-Andrei Linnas from Estonia, is manager of TAKEOFF Business Incubator of UoM, helping early stage technology companies to reach their market and investment readiness. Before that Andy had managed a Start-up Incubator in Estonia and co-managed an early stage grant fund for start-ups. For last three years he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to fine-tune their pitch and validate business models, as well as prepare for funding. He has started companies himself of which some are successful and some have failed. Andy holds M.Sc in Business Design, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from University of Chalmers in Sweden.

James Muscat, is a newcomer in local investments. He has already been well acquainted with independent businesses – from the entertainment industry, to the stock-exchange market. James is currently working on projects in the medical-engineering industry, whilst also scouting for business potential to kick off his latest plans as a local business angel.

Other keynote speakers, headlining this event will also be part of the set of expert-mentors leading our participants onto a successful path of business validation.

The event will be held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre at Skyparks in Luqa.

Further information and the application form to attend the boot camp can be found on the JCI Malta Website , via or on 99235440. Places are limited, so do not hesitate to get in-touch.

The JCI Malta Hack-It-On Weekend is proudly sponsored by HSBC Bank Malta plc and KPMG, and supported by The Concept Stadium, TAKE OFF, The Edward De Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking, Funding Support, Cannonball Invest Ltd and Scheduit.

To register, fill in the online form below

This event is organised by JCI Malta with KPMG in Malta and HSBC Bank Malta as our corporate partners and supported by Takeoff Business Incubator / UoM Takeoff Business Incubator, Discover The Edward de Bono Institute, the Concept Stadium, Funding Support and Cannonball Invest Ltd.

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