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Hi folks, 

Welcome to #METAThoughts, for our monthly insights on the start-up, entrepreneurial and investment world... We arrive at the last month of the year loaded with activities. Read on for more!
First Business Angels Network created in Malta
Business Angels Malta is now up and running! The first BA network in the country has been created with the help of the Early Stage Investing Launchpad and it was officially launched last Monday 2nd of December.
Read the story
You will have the opportunity to listen to this and other success stories about the Early Stage Investing Launchpad by attending the ESIL Final Conference, to be held in Brussels on December 11. The Launchpad aims to nurture and connect angel investors and crowdfunders throughout Europe. 
Register here
Francesca Natali, partner of META Group, spoke in Madrid about the importance of social impact in equity investments and how early-stage funds are a great tool to foster regional development. Check out the main four outcomes of Spain's Business Angels Congress.  
Luigi's keynote speech at the FI Campus 2019
This morning at the FI Campus 2019 META's CEO Luigi Amati gave an inspirational keynote speech presenting the impact of ESIF financial instruments supported projects and how financial instruments can be used to tackle key strategic objectives in the future. 'Financial instruments are succeeding more and more in creating a connection between the public and the private sector' he said. 
A sewing machine adaptation for people with disabilities
'Thanks to Social Challenges Innovation Platform we could develop this new tool and now we are growing all over Europe', says Rut Turró, founder of Moving Mood.

This fashion entrepreneur from Barcelona answered a challenge from Budapest and designed a sewing machine adaptation for wheelchair users. Find out how she leveraged the Social Challenges Innovation Platform to secure investment in Poland, Slovenia and Mexico. 
Read more
Looking ahead...
AAL2Business Webinar - Protect your idea and find a route to commercialization

Are you involved in the R&D sector and want to utilise or commercialise your research? If the answer is yes, this introductory webinar into the basics of IP with special regards to the ICT sector may be for you!

Date: Thursday 5 December
Time: 14:00 CET

Register now!
 
The fourth edition of Cities Challenge Italy is here. Does your city have what it takes?

The aim of the challenge is to encourage companies to boost entrepreneurship and implement actions that give value to the city. If your city helps entrepreneurs to innovate and is generating an entrepreneurial environment, this is your challenge!

Last year's winner was Cava de Tirreni. Does your city have what it takes? 

Register now!
What We're Reading

As selected by Dario and Pablo

What the Lean Startup Method Gets Right and Wrong
Article from Harvard Business Review

Role of ethics in business of innovation
Opinion article from The Business Line


Got any recommended reading? We tag our favourite reads #METAreads on Twitter. Please add your own - we're always looking for new reads to share ;)
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