In the way to success, any idea, although brilliant, represents only 5% of the ingredients: in order to transform it into a real business, several factors must get aligned. Nowadays it is essential for every kind of startup to clearly identify the strategy aimed at building a community of value, that support & enrich the business.
During the next Startup Grind event we will get inspired by three exceptional but various business models based on community: Zach is a young Maltese entrepreneur that reached more than 17,000 users in a very short time, Christian made his digital magazine, Lovin Malta, one of the most followed of the island & Revolut has literally almost replaced traditional banking.
If you are a startupper with a brilliant idea, seize the opportunity to meet them and ask the strategic tips you're looking for. Join us to find synergies, create connections and meet new friends while drinking a beer.
See you on Thursday, March, 7th, at The Thirsty Barber in order to discover together how to hack a success.
Chapter Director Malta
CEO FreeHour &
CEO & Founder
Country Manager Greece, Cyprus & Malta,
Back in 2015, at the age of 18, Zach Ciappara founded FreeHour, a mobile application that allows University and College students to share their timetable / schedule with their friends, solving the difficulty of finding common free slots to meet up, study or grab a bite on campus.
After winning a local start up fund to be further developed, FreeHour took the local market by storm, with over 60% of the Maltese student population using it as their go-to student app.
FreeHour will be exploring international markets as of 2019 with the aim of growing its student user base overseas.
Christian Peregin is the CEO and founder of Lovin Malta (www.lovinmalta.com), an award-winning platform that has become the inside track to everything Maltese. The website was launched in 2016 and has trended into a household name thanks to its particular brand of daily news, humour and insider tips about the hottest events and food outlets on the island. Lovin Malta forms part of the media franchise Lovin Group, which is also represented in Dublin, Manchester, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Turks & Caicos. Christian Peregin is an award–winning journalist and former PR consultant.
Dimitris Litsikakis holds a BSc in Information Technology from Piraeus University and a MSc in Project Management from Lancaster University. He worked at IBM UK as a Project Manager delivering large scale IT projects. He then joined Edenred Greece as Digital Transformation Manager where he led the entire digitalization of the company’s solution offering, issuing hundreds of thousands of MasterCard cards to beneficiaries. In 2018 he was appointed Country Manager Greece, Cyprus & Malta for Revolut the fastest growing FinTech based in London. Having secured $336M in funding, Revolut has an impressive $1,7B valuation. With 3 million users across Europe, Revolut processed more than 200 million transactions with a total volume transaction of over $22 billion to date, providing the fastest, safest and easiest way to get innovative banking services with a mobile-first approach. Since 2014, he also acts as Athens Chapter Director for Startup Grind, the largest entrepreneurship community in the world.
Startup Grind Malta
Andrea Varriale is a veteran of Blockchain, deeply passionate about the digital world. A Design Thinker with a strong ability to interconnect new technologies, he’s a specialist in IoT. He prototyped his first hardware and connected it on the internet at the age of 16, and two years later he started traveling the world while studying by himself, acquiring leadership skills and specializing in cognitive science. After 12 years of traveling around the globe, he decided to come back to Italy and contribute to the development of his beautiful country “La bella Italia” to reignite flailing economic and employment culture, with the help of the StartupGrind team.