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Business Mentors

MITA Startups that are guided by a business mentor stand a higher chance of success compared to others that aren't. So besides providing technical and project management mentorship ourselves based on our 25-year legacy, we make it a point to put you in t​ouch with an experienced business entrepreneur who can either provide direct mentorship, or match you with a mentor relevant to your business idea.

Jaroslav Bialek ​​
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Jaroslaw Bialek has worked as a manager, startup co-founder and consultant in the FinTech sector since ​2004. He is actively involved in the global startup ecosystem, collaborating with several organisations as a startup mentor and organizer and facilitator of eve​nts that pr​omote technological entrepreneurship.

Pierre Mallia
Pierre is a 25 year veteran of the ICT industry. He has extensive experience in a range of sectors including the public sector, telecommunications, software development, manufacturing, healthcare, transport, financial services and recruitment. Pierre has worked for a number of startup companies including a Swedish dot-com company and then seven years working with Microsoft Corporation as a Country Manager. He has served on a number of boards for various companies, and presently runs two internationally focussed startups. Pierre is a Kingston University graduate in computer science and has followed executive development programmes at the National University of Singapore and INSEAD.

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Angelica Micallef Trigona​
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An experienced marketing and human resources management professional, Angelica is VP, People at msales. She commenced her career in 1995 in the news media industry. In 1999, she joined GFI Software - then a start-up - where she occupied various roles, heading worldwide marketing and HR teams, projects and processes. In 2014, she joined AAT Research Ltd, an innovator in the neurotechnology sphere, as Chief Marketing and Operations Officer. Angelica holds a first class B.A. (Hons) in Communications Studies from the University of Malta.​

Russell Mifsud  
Russell is a Senior Manager at KPMG and focuses exclusively on the Gaming industries a​nd Digital space. He strives to anticipate new trends on a global scale in order to best advise KPMG’s clientele about opportunities within the sector. Licensing, strategic initiatives, compliance, financing, M&As, D&A, disruptive technologies, affiliate marketing and gamification are some of the key areas that he specialises in.​
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Andrea Risa  

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​​​​Andrea has 20 years of experience spent in Large Corporates, Growth Phase startups and Early Stage Startups. He lived and worked in 6 Countries: Finland, The Philippines, Singapore, France, Germany, Latvia and he is now back in Italy running an incubator in Pescara and consulting and training large corporates on Digital Transformation Issues. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics and Marketing from LUISS University in Rome and an MBA from INSEAD.

Deborah Webster
​​Deborah has a successful track record in identifying top talent, and building and retaining high performance teams, with a focus on financial services, telecoms and family businesses. She has keen cultural sensitivity and a unique ability to understand what makes people tick. She has developed the AMANI methodology - the ingredients and framework behind top talent, high performance teams and companies with​ principles.   ​​
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Johan Zammit
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Johan has one passion - leading great teams in creating cutting edge software products. He lives this passion every day.
Johan is NetR​efer's Director of Strategic Project, a company he co-founded​ back in 2005. NetRefer has been Johan’s focus ever since. Year after year NetRefer grew steadily into a successful international player in the performance marketing industry.
Through various roles ove​r 20 years: as an entrepreneur, director, CTO, web development manager, lecturer, internet business consultant and developer, Johan spent his time helping organisations get the most out of the Internet.

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Jesmond Darmanin is a Brand & Online Marketing specialist with a special focus on IT, Web and mobile​​ technologies. Technology is a core of everything he doe​s. He leads a marketing team of a local group of companies and takes care of their online marketing strategy and transition plans. Before that, he worked for 10 years in a leading role within the digital marketing team of an inte​rnational software company, and he gained a vast experience working on a large scale marketing/advertising campaigns, marketing strategies, social media, SEM, SEO, web projects and many other initiatives. Jesmond is al​so the co-founder of Riix Software, a startup that has developed an anti-bullying service that enable online bullying reporting for schools and other commercial organisations.​​


International Partners
MITA strives to make available as many state-of-the-art technologies and knowledge resources from the world’s biggest ICT players. Read MORE about what you should expect to receive from them as an MIH member.



Local Partners
To help synergise ongoing incubator and start-up activities into one network, the MITA Innovation Hub collaborates with the University of Malta’s Centre for Entrepreneurship & Business Incubation (CEBI) and their in-campus incubator TAKEOFF, the Microsoft Innovation Centre at SkyParks Business Centre, PwC’s 1Million Euro Startup Fund initiative and the Malta College of Arts Science and Technology (MCAST) at their assigned units at the Kordin Business Incubation Centre. The MITA Innovation Hub initiative, itself stems from Action 25 of the Digital Malta National ICT Strategy 2020, and is being supported by the ministry responsible for small business and the digital economy.

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