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For your calendar: Regular places to gather with entrepreneurs

A number of entrepreneurial gatherings have been popping up, similar to the Open Coffee Club concept that Brad Feld discusses in his book, Entrepreneurial Communities.  Some have speakers and some don’t but the concept is the same – to bring entrepreneurs of all stripes together for regular, simple and informal gatherings. Here are just a few coming up soon – the information was provided by the organizers. What are some other ones going on?

Free Lunch Friday

Come hear local Bookigee founder & CEO Kristen McLean give us the download on her recent visit to (Zappos CEO) Tony Hseih's ambitious Downtown Project, whose mission is to redevelop fourteen square blocks of Las Vegas' blighted Freemont district into a lively live/work neighborhood in just 5 years. Kristen spent four days on the ground meeting with key leaders of the DPLV team, speaking with entrepreneurs in the project's 3 distinct co-working spaces, and talking directly with Tony about his creative & business goals for the project. The project is being driven by a $350M direct investment in the arts, education, small business, technology companies, and focal real estate redevelopment, with a remarkable emphasis on the idea of "return on community" and direct ownership of the project by the community members themselves. What are the creative lessons we can apply here in Miami as we continue to build our own unique startup ecosystem? The inaugural Free Lunch Friday begins at noon Friday June 28 at The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th Street in Wynwood, and are planned for the last Friday of the month.

More info and to register: http://www.thefreelunchfriday.com/flf-miami/

Miami Open Coffee Club

FIU's Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and MapYourStartup.co host the Miami Open Coffee Club. In need of interaction with local startups, investors and business leaders? Join us for morning coffee, mentoring and networking at our free Coffee Break Sessions* hosted every 3 weeks from 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. The first Coffee Break will be hosted on Thursday, July 11th, at Pipeline Brickell (located at 1101 Brickell Avenue, South Tower, 8th Floor, Miami, FL 33131). Miami Open Coffee Club coffee breaks are free to attend. Parking fees at each respective venue may apply. The following mentors will be in attendance at the first coffee club and will be offering 1-to-1 sessions: Marco Scanu: Business Coach at 345 Group, Ricardo Weisz, angel investor and founder at Northvest, and Xavier Gonzalez, executive director of eMerge Americas.

To register or find out more: http://www.meetup.com/Miami-Open-Coffee-Club/

Future Open Coffee Clubs will move around the area and include different mentors. The second one will be Aug. 1 at RightSpace2Meet in Coral Gables and Aug. 22 at The LAB Miami in  Wynwood.

Happy Hour at MEC261

MEC261, a new entrepreneurship space in downtown Miami, offers monthly happy hours every third Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This next one is this Friday, June 27. From MEC: Pleasse join us for our monthly Happy Hour at MEC 261 and a Ping Pong Tournament courtesy of our new space.  Did we mention the free beer??  Plus you have been dying to check out the new space! Where? At MEC's brand new home, 261 NE 1st ST --  5 stories and 36k sqft of this building will be used to create an entrepreneurial mecca downtown Miami.

More info and to register:  http://mechappyhour3.eventbrite.com/

Friday Nights! at Caffeine Spaces

Stop in from 5 pm till 9 pm every Friday starting June 28th to meet and network with local entrepreneurs doing what you do. Caffeine Spaces is in the Technology Business Incubator, 3701 FAU Blvd, Suite #210, Boca Raton, FL 33431.

To find out more and register: http://entrepreneurgathering.eventbrite.com/Tech

Tech Swizzle

Save the date: Sept. 6 is planned as the first of a new monthly evening social combining tech, other creatives and music on the first Friday of the month at the LAB Miami, produced by Kristen McLean, Pabla Ayala and Camila Souza.