Malta Enterprise is partnering with Microsoft to highlight the island’s support for innovation and entrepreneurship. Recently Malta Enterprise and Microsoft collaborated on an event for startups in the Maltese ecosystem, where services offered to startups by both entities were presented.

From a Government perspective, Malta Enterprise continues to lead the charge on innovation and entrepreneurship – understanding that startups are a critical driving force for economic development.

ME driving the startup push

The Business Start scheme by Malta Enterprise has seen more than 100 projects being supported in the past few years, translating into €2.8 million for firms starting their businesses operations. Additionally, 60 projects under the Startup Finance scheme benefited from €25 million in repayable advances, the agency shared.

Malta Enterprise CEO, Kurt Farrugia said that “Malta Enterprise remains committed to fostering innovation and supporting the growth of agile, value-driven startups and scale-ups. We aim to create an ecosystem that not only provides funding avenues but also nurtures the growth of startups. We are committed to help showcase all support available to startups – be it from public or private entities. I would like to thank Microsoft for their contribution to our ecosystem. It was great to see Microsoft engage with those present at the Start Up Festival and we’re very glad to see them extending their services to Malta based Start Ups. We look forward to further collaboration in the future.”

Tangible support from Microsoft

While Government support is important in any startup ecosystem, it is just as important to have private-sector partners who can share a like-minded approach and help novel innovative companies reach their objectives.

Malta Enterprise, Tristratus (Microsoft Partner of the Year for Malta) and Microsoft’s partnership marks another step in this direction.

Microsoft has a full package of services specifically designed to meet the requirements of startups. From cloud computing solutions to mentorship programs, Microsoft offers startups with the tools and resources needed in overcoming the challenges of a dynamic business environment.

Kevin Abela, Managing Director of TriStratus explained that “The support is all there and with the technological backing and mentorship that the Microsoft For Startups Founders Hub can provide, anyone with a great idea, a well-devised plan and the right dose of passion and commitment can succeed,”

Adir Ron, Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft for Startups explained that “The goal is to make it easier for early-stage artificial intelligence startups to develop, train, and run complex AI models by removing infrastructure cost barriers.”

This public-private collaboration and dedication towards innovation and entrepreneurship aims to contribute to a future where local companies can truly reach their goals and can help Malta attract some of the best startup companies in the region.

For further information about startup schemes reach out to Malta Enterprise on connect@startinmalta.com, call 144, or messgae us on our Malta Enterprise and StartinMalta social handles.

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