TAKEOFF Seed Fund Awards 2022

The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award is a joint initiative between the Ministry for the Economy, European Funds and Lands (MEFL) and the University of Malta, supported by the Knowledge Transfer Office, Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation and the TAKEOFF Business Incubator. A total of €100,000 has been earmarked for distribution between start-ups and academics to enable the next phase towards the commercialisation of their business or research idea. Grants between €2,500 and €25,000 will be awarded to the selected projects.

The TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award 2022 will fund two types of initiatives: University of Malta academic staff may apply for ‘Proof of Concept’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking an innovation developed through research at the University closer to being commercialised; entrepreneurs may apply for ‘Seed’ funds which will enable a step-change in taking their independent technology or knowledge-based start-up closer to the first customer or investment.

All applicants must attend the relevant online workshop being organised as part of the TAKEOFF Seed Fund Award application process. The workshops will provide an overview of the application process as well as tools for creating a competitive proposal. The final application form will only be accepted if applicants or their representatives register and attend the required TAKEOFF or Knowledge Transfer Office workshop. This will only be waived in extenuating circumstances. Should applicants be unable to attend alternative meetings must be held directly with the Knowledge Transfer Office for POC or TAKEOFF for SF. Both events will be held online and links will be shared with those who register for the respective workshops beforehand. To register for the event, please click here

Timeline & Deadlines

  • Call for applications
  • Friday 29th April 2022
  • Mandatory Proof of Concept workshop
  • Thursday 5th May at 10:00
  • Mandatory Seed Fund workshop
  • Thursday 5th May at 13:30
  • Application deadline
  • Monday 23rd May 2022 at 12:00 noon
  • Announcement of shortlisted applicants
  • Tuesday 31th May 2022
  • Coaching of shortlisted applicants
  • Tuesday 7th June 2022 – Wednesday 15th June 2022
  • Live pitches to judges
  • Friday 17th June 2022
  • Signing of Grant Agreements & disbursement of funds
  • July 2022
  • Mandatory MEIB Information Session on Financial Management
  • Mid-July 2022
  • Progress reports
  • Tuesday 1st November 2022
    Monday 11th September 2023
  • Deadline for disbursement of funds
  • Monday 4th September 2023
  • Final Expenditure Report
  • Monday 11th September 2023

Material downloads

  • Guidelines
  • Application Form
  • Cashflow Forecast
  • Enterprise Readiness Level Guide
  • TRL Guide
  • Judging Scorecard - Written Application
  • Judging Scorecard - Pitch
  • PoC Beneficiary Agreement
  • SF Grant Agreement
  • Payment Plan
  • State Aid Declaration Form
  • Progress Report Template
  • Purchases Ledger

Contact Details

Seed Funds

  • TAKEOFF Manager - Joseph Bartolo
  • joseph.a.bartolo@um.edu.mt

Proof of Concept Funds

  • Knowledge Transfer Office
  • knowledgetransfer@um.edu.mt

Managment Committee

  • tosfa@um.edu.mt

Knowledge Transfer Office
Dar Ġużeppi Żahra
University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080
Malta

 

Events Location

TAKEOFF Business Incubator
Dar Ġużeppi Żahra
University of Malta
Msida MSD 2080
Malta
(Point 28 on the campus map)