Tech Startup Adjudication Committee

Dr Bernard Agius

Bernard Agius is Business Innovation Manager at the Malta Communications Authority. He heads the Authority’s business innovation arm and is responsible for the development and implementation of the digital business programme aimed at increasing startup and scale-up activity in Malta. Before assuming this role, he headed the national information society programme coordinating initiatives addressing digital inclusion and increasing digital skills. Bernard holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University specialising in ICT diffusion in consumer markets.

Dr David Darmanin

David is the CEO and founder of Hotjar. Over the 12 years before founding Hotjar he generated hundreds of millions of dollars in growth consulting fast growing startups and fortune 500 firms. He has built multiple teams, developed brands and run hundreds of tests for his clients… spanning across 19 languages, 12 currencies and 13 industries. Today Hotjar is used on over 150,000 sites and is one of the fastest growing analytics startups in the world.

Reinhold M. Karner

Reinhold M. Karner (aka RMK) b. 1958 – living in Austria (Tyrol), Malta and London - is a Business Success Advisor and “safety belt” to entrepreneurs, business leaders and Government authorities as well as leveraging his unequalled international network as a mentor for start-ups. He has a unique and eventful 360° track record spanning a 40 year career including as a multinational entrepreneur. Both personally and through his companies and products, he has received numerous awards and accolades from 'entrepreneur of the year' to 'best of the best management consultants’. RMK chairs and is a fellow or member of think tanks, including the RSA in London and several advisory bodies and juries. A science journalist and expert author (digital media) he writes prolifically on entrepreneurship, the economy, digitisation & IT, high-tech and futurology. He is also in demand as a keynote speaker in his areas of expertise and is a renowned lecturer on the art of successful failing. These activities reflect an accumulation of profound expertise and experience in ICT, digital economy, business and management consulting, manufacturing, services, logistics, trade, retail, e-biz, financial services and tourism among others. Together with his team, RMK is regarded as one of the "midwives" to the leading programming language Java and subsequently developed Europe’s very first ground-breaking comprehensive Internet, cloud and Java compliant ERP business software suite. In the process, he and his team invented several ICT key architectures which are still today’s ICT standards. RMK’s motto: "To be successful isn’t the problem. But to achieve enduring success is! To be sustainably successful is a great art, a perpetual challenge which follows its own rules and realities. Memento mori! ©"