Entrepreneurial Skills, are they innate or acquired? And how are Creative Start-ups different from other start-ups… or do we merely perceive them as such?

Our next ACM lab session in May will be tackling these issues and providing those present with some tips on how to think like an entrepreneur when embarking on a business venture or a new project.

The session will be chaired by Prof Louis Naudi, who early on in his career, was entrepreneurial enough to swap teaching undergraduates for marketing and, as a result, successfully started four international multi-million euro businesses over a 30-year period, the last one of which he sold before returning to Malta in 2013. During that time, he won a large number of business awards and was appointed to sit on two UK government committees.

Prof Louis Naudi

Today, he lectures part time on key aspects of starting a business at MCAST and also mentors business start-up in the creative arts. He is the Chartered Institute of Marketing's Ambassador to Malta, as well as a committee member of Women Directors in Malta. He has spoken at several conferences and written numerous articles on entrepreneurship, SMEs, marketing and gender equality in the boardroom. 

Matthew Muscat Drago

Joining us for the session, guest speaker Mr Matthew Muscat Drago will be talking about his experience from Creative Arts student to successful entrepreneur.  Matthew has now worked in film for a number of years. He started out as a camera assistant working on foreign feature films shot in Malta. Since then, he has read for an MA in Cinematography at the MET Film School in London and has built his way up to a Director of Photography. He currently works in the local and foreign film/media industry producing commercials, corporate videos, event coverage videos, music videos and short films for a range of clients.

The session will come to an end with a short intervention by Matthew Caruana from ZAAR crowdfunding platform, who will explain how crowdfunding can be used as an alternative source of financing.

This session will take place on 24 May at 6.30pm at Spazju Kreattiv and primarily targets creatives who are interested in turning their creative ideas into sustainable activities. Participation is free of charge. To book a place, send us an email on fundinfo@artscouncilmalta.org.  Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The ACMlab series is being held in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv.