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Pizza, beer and pitches -- Refresh Miami packs 'em in


The six local startups that pitched Thursday night during  Refresh Miami’s free Demo Night event -- some presenting their companies for the very first time -- got an opportunity to tell their stories and demo their products to hundreds of their friends and peers (and more than a few investors), with video cameras rolling. That’s priceless.

In what is becoming an old story now, attendance for Refresh Miami’s regular monthly event appeared to break another record; more than 300  packed  LAB Miami’s spacious new co-working space in Wynwood.

Take note of the six local companies that presented and support them, said Brian Breslin, Refresh’s founder. DemoHire -– an app to improve the hiring process. Pack –- for creating events and engaging the participants before, during and after (smart move making interaction with the app a part of the event). HulaDrive -– affordable, secure, accessible cloud storage. SpendLo -– you name what you want to spend on a service and be matched with bids from qualified vendors. Geopon -– a comprehensive mobile  application for targeted coupons, loyalty cards, weekly ads and more (Read more about Geopon in The Miami Herald on Monday) . And AdMobilize, the crowd favorite – Advertise your favorite brands just by walking around, and get paid to do it. “We’re like the Robin Hood of advertising. We want to change the way advertising is done,” said Rodolfo Saccoman, who added that AdMobilize wil be launching soon and this was his first demo to a big audience. It's special to be able to present in front of your own community, he added.

Another opportunity to see startups on stage will be Feb. 21-22 at SuperConf, where eight companies will “blast off”  and nine speakers from Silicon valley and elsewhere will share their expertise.. Tickets are still available and there is a discount code on Refresh’s Facebook page, Breslin said.

If you missed the event, Artsoundvideo.com filmed the event and will be providing some footage, which will be posted on YouTube and linked from RefreshMiami.com, Breslin says.

LAB Miami is taking applications now for its founding class, which will start Feb. 1, CEO Wifredo Fernandez said.

Take note of the crowd picture above showing the overwhelmingly male audience. A national nonprofit coming to Miami wants to pack the future community with more geek girls. Check out my earlier post on this here.

(Photo of Fernandez addressing the crowd provided by CVOX Group's Pabla Ayala.)