DIRECTING YOU TOWARDS THE INNOVATION SOCIETY
The world is rapidly passing from the information society to the innovation society. Our vision is to be a catalyst in enabling businesses, institutions and individuals to flourish in the dynamics of the Euro - Mediterranean space and our mission is to assist and empower them to turn their challenges into opportunities.
Creolabs is primarily involved in the promotion and development of the innovation society through training and product development services. The company provides training and mentoring in creative thinking, idea generation and innovation, its founders having conducted training in the public, financial services, ICT and education sectors. Creolabs also works closely with SMEs and NGOs in relation to idea generation capabilities and also builds platforms to develop new products and services.
Creolabs has also developed a new concept called the School of Invention. The purpose of the school is to inspire children and youth to generate a passion for invention. Since 2015, the company has been a partner with the Maltese Ministry for Education and Employment within the EDUCATION+ programme. The purpose of this programme is the development of new education and training methodologies and curricula.
The staff within Creolabs have collectively over 33 years of experience in creative thinking, innovation management, EU funding mechanisms and marketing. They are able to provide you with a high level of expertise and assist you in expanding your networks further.
Creative Director : Joseph G. Woods
Joseph G. Woods is a certified Edward de Bono trainer in Lateral and Parallel Thinking. He has over 11 years of experience providing consultancy and training services in Malta, Bulgaria, Italy, Sweden, UK, Greece and Poland. He has worked for 7 years with Dr. Edward de Bono, the developer of lateral thinking at The World Centre for New Thinking. In 2009 he was one of the keynote speakers at the European closing conference on creativity and innovation in Stockholm, Sweden.
Together with Creolabs co-founder Michael Refalo he developed a new Creative Thinking Tools Box (Creotools) to help companies who are facing various challenges and help them to innovate, in 2014 this tool box was nominated for a potential best practice award by the National Agency of Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Training in Germany.
Projects Director : Michael Refalo
Michael Refalo has been involved in the implementation of EU funded projects in Malta since 2001. He has worked within the Malta Council for Science & Technology (MCST), specifically on the dissemination of the Fifth, Sixth & Seventh Framework Programmes for Research, Technological Development & Demonstration. He was a National Contact Point (NCP) for the SME & Innovation Programme as well as the National Coordinator of FP6 and FP7 and he was also Manager of the National Research, Technological Development and Innovation Programme, Malta’s first funding mechanism for research.
His duties as NCP, has given him an all round perspective of what are the opportunities and hurdles that are intrinsic to the introduction of implementation of research and innovation projects.
Communications Manager : Antoine Griscti
Antoine is a communications, graphical design and marketing professional, he worked in several advertising agencies and event logistics organizations since 2000. He holds a diploma in management and has been working in management and implementation of EU projects and communications included planning, evaluating and execution of projects.
Antoine also worked on different EU funded programmes such as Med, Interreg 4c and Erasmus+. He also participated in several EU workshops on project management and communications. Antoine is also a musician and had a career as a professional musician for a number of years.
The Ministry of Education have signed an MOU agreement with Creolabs at the Microsoft Innovation Centre to help us in offering their experience in innovation and invention in education and ignite the imagination of the students.
The Hon. Evarist Bartolo, Minister of Education and Employment.
After attending a 3 day course at Creolabs we found it very beneficial to be introduced to creative thinking tools. We have been using these tools ever since and found that our meetings and planning have become much more focused. In fact we feel that we managed to reach our targets with this course as we produced more innovative ideas in a shorter space of time.
Mr. Christopher Sammut, Country Manager, Saybolt Malta (Corelab Group).
The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) is satisfied to have collaborated with Creolabs as over 25 people active in youth organisations participated in two creative thinking and idea generation sessions that had excellent methods of delivery as they were hands-on. This surely helped to stimulate participants on how to start thinking out of the box and come up with new project proposals other than regenerating the same ideas.
Rebecca Marie Borg - European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA)
Thank you Creolabs for doing an excellent job! We were provided value for money services without compromising on quality regarding the WO-MENtreprenfeurs project.
Katina Mladenova - Empowerment Gender Equality Foundation (EGEF)
Creolabs on national newspapers and media:
February 2017 - The Independent - Creolabs preparing students for Internet of Things (IoT)
February 2017 - Times of Malta - We do need this education.
December 2016 - Corporate Identities - Creolabs to Pilot the School of Invention in Italy.
May 2015 - One News - Creolabs signing MOU with Ministry for Education and Employment regarding Education+ on local TV news (Maltese).
June 2010 - Times of Malta - Malta Representative at International Creative Business Convention