First group of semi-finalists for Malta Social Impact Awards 2020

Applications for MSIA 2020 reopened on the 1st July 2020.

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Five social initiatives have been selected as the first group of semi-finalists for this year’s Malta Social Impact Awards (MSIA) and are now in the running to win financial and non-financial support.

In light of this year’s extraordinary circumstances, applications for MSIA 2020 reopened on the 1st July 2020. Therefore, individuals, non-profit organisations, social entrepreneurs and innovators can still apply for MSIA for the chance to win both financial and non-financial support to develop a sustainable initiative that has a positive social impact on Malta.

MSIA are looking for new and innovative initiatives that are making a difference and that can be developed into long-term initiatives which can continue to change lives, have a positive effect on the environment or create social change. Application forms may be downloaded directly online and these must be submitted by the 18th October. Anyone interested is invited to join an online information session on the 6th August at 3.00 pm. You may RSVP on info@siamalta.org to attend.

Both semi-finalist groups will attend workshops by TAKEOFF, Malta’s premier business incubator at the University of Malta, to develop their social initiatives and look at their sustainability and long-term vision. The semi-finalists will present their initiatives to a panel of judges in January 2021 and the ones chosen as finalists will be paired with an Executive from Vistage for furthering mentoring in preparation for the final event in March 2021. The winners will be awarded up to €50,000 in funding, as well as pro bono mentoring and advisory services.

“Some of the best ideas that could make a difference in society remain just that: a brilliant idea. That is why the Malta Social Impact Awards are the go-to event for all of you creative problem solvers that want to make a difference in their community. Our goal is to help you help our communities for the greater good. Not only that; we will also support you on your startup journey with coaching and mentoring, to enable you to have the highest social impact possible,” said Nathan Farrugia, MSIA Judge.

The MSIA 2020 First Group of Semi-Finalists are:

  • 360 Blue (by AquaBioTech Group)
  • Empathizer (by Luke Laurenti)
  • Interpreter Unit (by Tama)
  • MWBA A Sport for All (by Malta Wheelchair Basketball Association)
  • Visual Teaching and Learning Tools (by Learning 360 Foundation)

Over its past four editions, MSIA, together with the support of local businesses and individuals, has awarded over €350,000 in grants and more in non-financial support to 13 winning initiatives. These initiatives have had an impact on the lives of thousands of individuals in Malta, from children to the elderly, migrants and disadvantaged groups, as well as people suffering from mental or physical health issues. 

“We are proud of the high standard of MSIA applicants received to date and we are extremely keen to see the new and exciting ideas that have emerged this year. The Malta Social Impact Awards is needed to continue creating an impact in our society,” said Joseph Gasan, one of the founders of MSIA. 

For more information on the Malta Social Impact Awards, send an email to info@siamalta.org, you may visit the MSIA website or follow the MSIA Facebook page for regular updates.

Launched by the Gasan Foundation and Inspirasia Foundation in 2016, the Malta Social Impact Awards aims to create opportunities for local changemakers, people that wish to make a positive change to society and Malta, while inspiring others to give and to give well. By bringing business and philanthropy together, MSIA supports local initiatives that have a positive social impact and helps social purpose organisations grow into stronger entities.

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