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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015: A listing of events

Globalentrepreneurshipweek800x400Global Entrepreneurship Week, created in 2008, is the world’s largest celebration of those who invent products and create new companies and startup businesses, in addition to those who use their business to create a social change.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Many South Florida universities and organizations are celebrating  Nov. 16-22 with events speakers and activities aimed to inspire and engage students and the community. Most are free. Scroll down for events at St. Thomas University, University of Miami, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Venture Hive , EcoTech Visions and more!

 If you have GEW-related events that are not listed here that are low-cost and open to the public, email ndahlberg@miamiherald.com and put GEW in the subject line and I will add them.

 St. Thomas University’s GEW at STU

 Monday, Nov. 16

Opening Ceremony: 3 – 4 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall

Keynote Speaker: Manny Medina, CEO of Medina Capital Partners and founder of eMerge Americas and Terremark. Medina will be speaking about the opportunities and threats of the data revolution.

Business Leaders Roundtable: 4 – 5:30 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall

Dynamic corporate leaders representing critical industries in South Florida will discuss their professional journeys, and how they see their industries changing and evolving in the next five years. Panelists include: Fabrizio Alcobe-Fierro, senior vice president of Univision Networks; Jacqueline Dascal Chariff, chairwoman of Continental National Bank; and Sam Zietz, CEO of TouchSuite.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Young Entrepreneurs Panel: 3 – 4:30 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall

This group of under-40 entrepreneurs are changing how people live, think and play through innovative ideas and technology. Panelists include: Stephanie Diaz, founder and designer of Love Always by SD; Vincente Fernandez, co-president of SportsMania; Felice Gorordo, CEO of Clearpath and co-founder of Roots of Hope; and Calibe Thompson, author and television producer.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: 7 - 9 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall

Our distinguished panelists will share how they adapted to a completely new culture, and the barriers they overcame to become successful entrepreneurs in the United States. Panelists include: Aston Lue, co-founder of Ocho Rios International Foods; Amir Hagoo, trial attorney and counselor-at-law at Law Office of Amir Hagoo, P.A.; Alvaro de la Cruz, founder, Fox Webpages LLC; and Anastasiya Voronina, CEO, Private Investment Firm.

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Women in Entrepreneurship Panel: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Bobcat Hall of Fame

This panel of trailblazing women is comprised of both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, in the areas of professional sports, insurance, technology, and real estate. They are leaders in their fields, and running businesses on their own terms. Panelists include: Patricia Delinois, CEO of Premier Elite Realty; Rachel Sapoznik, CEO of Sapoznik Insurance; Maria Hernandez, vice president of Modernizing Medicine; Kim Stone, vice president of Miami Heat Group; and Maria Arazoza, senior vice president at Merrill Lynch.

For registration information, please visit www.stu.edu/GEW.



For a complete event listing, please see: http://www.thelaunchpad.org/gew

Monday, November 16

The Birth of Internet Travel. The Fouad H. Scandar Memorial Speaker Series presents Bob Diener, founder of Hotels.com and getaroom.com.  Mr. Diener talks about launching and growing the world’s most successful travel booking website, and his decision to sell. Sponsored by The Launch Pad at UM, the UM School of Business Entrepreneurship Program, and RefreshMiami.

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. University of Miami School of Business Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Dr. Coral Gables, FL 33146

Tuesday, November 17

The Launch Pad Demo Day. Meet, greet, and hear pitches by top entrepreneurs from the University of Miami.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Toppel Career Center Loft, 5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33146 

Show Me the Money! – A Conversation About Securing Investment.  Angel investors and VCs from Miami and around the country will speak about the fund raising process and what it takes to raise money for a startup in our local ecosystem.

Moderated by Matt Haggman, The Knight Foundation

Panelists include: Jason Shuman – Corigin Ventures, Jack Karabees – Miami Innovation Fund, Bob Williamson – New World Angels

8 to 9 p.m. Toppel Career Center Loft, 5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33146

Wednesday, November 18

The Law of Startups – What You Need to Know. The Launch Pad and the UM School of Law offer a presentation by LegalTech Labs, a Miami-based legal technology incubator, followed by a panel of distinguished attorneys in the startup field discussing the legal issues startups face.

Moderated by Professor Dan Ravicher.

Panelists include: Jacqueline Hodes - DLA Piper; Michael Serotte - Serotte Law; Jamie Vining - Friedland Vining, P.A.; Brent Friedman, GC360 & Brent A. Freidman, P.A.

6 to 7:30 p.m.  University of Miami School of Law Faculty Lounge, 1311 Miller Rd Coral Gables, FL 33146 

HOW TO ATTEND:  All events are free and open to the public. Register here.

Florida International University


Starup Weekend Miami is a 54-hour event for developers, designers and entrepreneurs to hack on your latest idea. You will be able to present your own concept and form a team around it or join forces with someone else.

Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of amazing judges. What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to startup experts, investors, coaches and mentors there to help you bring your big-ideas to life.

Startup Weekend Miami has a "communication" focus. So your pitch and big idea could include: websites, apps, communication tools, wearables, journalism, PR, big data --essentially any that informs and engages people or groups and provides them information.

Where: Tech Station on FIU’s Modesto Maidique campus.

More info: www.up.co/communities/usa/miami/startup-weekend/7293 or on Eventbrite.


Miami Dade College

Monday, November 16
6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Audience: MDC Students and Community
Do you need to raise capital? Recruit top talent? Close a big sale? PitchMasters is the resource that will enable you to effectively, enthusiastically, and efficiently pitch your company to your intended audience. Pitching is as much an art as it is a science. Learn proven structures, psychology, and verbiage to craft and deliver your ultimate pitch
Free of charge to MDC students, please contact the Idea Center to find out more! _____________________________________________________________________________________

Tuesday, November 17
Innovation Lab Open House
9:50a.m. to 11:30a.m.
Audience: MDC Students and Community
Receive an in depth look at The Innovation Lab at The Idea Center. Join us for
Creativity, Innovation and Human Centered Design, a course lead by Ramiro Almeida of MIT’s Media Lab and Director of Innovation at The Idea Center.
For more information and to RSVP:

Thursday, November 19
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
Peter Kellner, co-founder of Endeavor
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Audience: Students  Community
As part of EO’s commitment to advancing entrepreneurship within local communities, EO in partnership with The Idea Center at Miami Dade College host the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) local competition. The winner will have an opportunity to compete in our national competition in February 2016 in Miami and ultimately our global competition in May 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Keynote speaker will be Peter Kellner, Managing Director of Richmond Global and co-Founder of Endeavor.


 Monday, November 16th - from 8:30-10am - Global Entrepreneurship Week Breakfast with Lionel Carrasco (Leapfactor)

Event sponsored by sponsored by Endeavor and Venture Hive 

Speaker: Lionel Carrasco

Lionel came to Miami in 2001 as a CTO of Neoris, the second largest consulting firm in Latin America. Before Neoris he sold Alterbrain (e-builder) to CEMEX and ran a couple of startups in the Silicon Valley. Marcela Henao started Terremark back in 2000 after a successful career with Telcordia. Thereafter Marcela and Lionel started Leapfactor in 2010 with the idea to create a cloud based platform for business mobile Apps. Five years after Leapfactor continues to offer leading business Apps to help brands transform the way to touch their customers and how to enable their sales teams. Leapfactor has over 50 talented people on the team across the Americas and Marcela and Lionel are proud Endeavor entrepreneurs stubborn enough to stay in Miami.

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Tuesday, November 17th - from 8:30-10am - Global Entrepreneurship Week Breakfast with Roger Duarte (My Cheviche)

The event is sponsored by Endeavor and Venture Hive

Speaker: Roger Duarte 

During his time as an investment banker, Duarte worked with Latin American companies, as well as the Hispanic business market in the U.S. Quickly climbing the corporate ladder, he tasted success but couldn’t help but feel unfulfilled in some way. Never wanting to work for anyone but himself, he always knew there was something else in the stars and actually stumbled upon the idea for what would be his next venture completely by chance. 

Now, as founder and president of the largest stone crab home delivery service in the U.S., as well as his stone crab export business Premier Exports, his national delivery outpost of George Stone Crab, his George Stone Crab take-out counter at Miami International Airport and most recently, the bustling South Beach take-out and delivery counter My Ceviche, Duarte is at the top of his game with no plans to slow down. 

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Monday through Friday - 11/16 to 11/20

11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/19, 11/20 - from 5-7pm - Global Entrepreneurship Week - Food entrepreneurs Session 1-5 

Speaker: Zalmi Duchman

Zalmi Duchman is the Founder of The Fresh Diet. He began operations on January 1, 2006, with three clients. While Zalmi "shopped and dropped," his wife "cooked and packed." Today, Zalmi has grown his business to become the largest US food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category - which now delivers meal plans to thousands of clients nationwide. 

Consequently, Zalmi and The Fresh Diet have earned numerous prestigious accolades over the years, including making the Inc. 500 list consecutively in 2010 and 2011, The Forbes Top 20 Most Promising US Companies List in November of 2011, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee in both 2011 and 2009. 

Registration link: Session 1


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Registration Link: Session 5


Thursday, 11/19 - from 8:30-1-am - Global Entrepreneurship Week Breakfast with Juan Damia, Intellignos’ Founder and CEO
Speaker: Juan Damia 
Juan Damia has more than 15 years of experience in the Big Data Analytics field. He developed the Meta Analytics theory that can be found in his Book Meta Analytics or on his Blog MetaAnalytics.org. 
Juan co-founded two companies in the Analytics field, Socialmetrix (Part of the Daily Mail group) and Intellignos (part of Havas Media Group). In 2010, Juan was selected as an Endeavor.org High Impact Entrepreneur and Emerging Entrepreneur in the same year. He is a mentor at Wayra, Venture Hive, University of Miami (The Launch Pad) and Endeavor and is an  international Speaker for eMetrics, DMA, GAUC, WebCongress, E-Commerce Day, Google Analytics Summit USA among many others.  
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Friday - 11/20 - from 8:30-10am - Global Entrepreneurship Week Breakfast with Mike Simon (Ginny Bakes).

The event is sponsored by  Endeavor and Venture Hive 

Speaker: Mike Simon with ginnybakes

ginnybakes is a Miami-based company producing feel-good cookies, bake mixes, and health bars that have the added benefit of being organic and gluten-free. The ginnybakes team has leveraged close relationships with distributors in a fragmented and competitive market to sell its products in many locations. 

Ginny, Steve and Mike develop the recipes in-house and then package and prepare the cookies for distribution at ginnybakes’ facility. While its competitors may outsource at least one step of the production cycle, ginnybakes can maintain fresh cookies while achieving quadruple its current revenues with integrated production facilities. Ginny, Steve and Mike have been able to create a dynamic brand in a competitive health food space despite their limited F&B experiences. ginnybakes is not only an inspiring story of a family business, but also a potential high-impact success story for Miami in the booming healthy foods market.

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EcoTech Visions, a green-focused business incubator and accelerator for entrepreneurs, is launching the first annual EcoFest Miami 2015 on Thursday, Nov. 19 from noon-6 p.m.

The South Florida community is encouraged to attend and experience a day of eco-friendly living, products, entrepreneurship and community building.

Attendees will enjoy performances by Sekajipo for the People and Ronnie The VOP, plus seminars including: a solar panel technology presentation by PWRstation, a vegan cooking demonstration by Heal Nation & Baba, a Farmer's Market with free produce giveaway, interactive demos and exhibits from Frost Museum of Science, artists and sculptors creating art projects in real time, and much more!

The event will be held at Broadway Place, NW 68th St & NW 18th Ave in Miami and is free and open to the public. To learn more about EcoFest Miami, visit: http://ecotechvisions.org/events-ecofestmiami2015/



BRAINFOOD@THELAB: The speaker series features “A Case for Innovation and Scaling Businesses” with Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros Group and board member at Endeavor Miami, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami. Register here: thelabmiami.com

CREATIVITY, INNOVATION: Ramiro Almeida of MIT’s Media Lab and director of innovation at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College presents a workshop on Creativity, Innovation and Human Centered Design, 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, The Idea Center, Wolfson Campus, Building 8, fifth floor.

CELEBRATING THE VALUE IN FAILURES: A panel discussion with Mike Fernandez of MBF Healthcare Partners, Ivan Rapin-Smith of Watsco Ventrues and Lilia Luciano of CoInspire hosted by Luminary Central and YPA, 6 p.m. Wednesday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. Tickets: theuntapped.co/gew-failures.

SALES GENIUS MIAMI: Topic is tools for finding leads and prospecting for B2B sales. Speaker: Auston Bunsen. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Senzari, 601 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/predictive-revenue-the-best-sales-tools-for-b2b-saas-tickets-18924715333

CITEE SUMMIT: Digital Grass Innovation & Technology presents the Continuing Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship Education (CITEE) Summit Thursday and Friday at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios. More info: Digigrass.org

HACKATHON: CODE2040, a nonprofit focused on driving greater diversity in tech across the country, presents HACK2040 Saturday and Sunday at The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami. More info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hack2040-registration-18853223499