August 28, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events Workshops in South Florida this week


Tech eggMiami Startup Office Hours:  Get advice and guidance about business strategy and key decisions from local entrepreneurs and CEOs in this event organized by Founder Institute, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, TamboWorks, 5790 Sunset Drive, South Miami. More info here.

Advertising and Public Relations for Your Business: In this free seminar in Spanish, you will learn how to effectively communicate in today’s multicultural environment, including effective strategies and plans to successfully portray your businesses to the public. The session is  offered by the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund and hosted at the Florida Blue Center in Fort Lauderdale, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31.  To register, click here or call 786-329-5830.

How VR and AR will Change the World: The Idea Center in collaboration with MAGIC at Miami Dade College introduces Immersive Tech Miami, a program that teaches you everything you need to know about starting your own VR and AR business. To kick it off, listen to Sivan Iram, general manager of River Studios, a company that is pushing the boundaries of VR, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 NE 2nd Ave, Building 8, 5th Floor. More info here. 

Venture Café: Join health innovators and an expert panel of healthcare robotics specialists to discuss surgical robotics and how they shape the future of medicine. The free event is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 NW 7th Ave., in Miami. The organizer is Florida Health innovators. More info:

Coming up

Mentor Day: Mentor Day is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to receive free one-on-one mentorship from industry leaders in Miami. The next Mentor Day is  Sept. 16. The last day to apply is Monday, Sept. 5. Apply at

[Read more about why Mentor Day got started here.]

Crowdfunding Investing Workshop: Venture Hive and the Knight Foundation will be hosting a free daylong Crowdfund Investing Workshop led by Sherwood Neiss, who spearheaded the writing of Crowdfund Investing legislation in the 2012 JOBS Act ratified by President Barack Obama and authoring preeminent “how to” guides for entrepreneurs and investors looking to raise money, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at Venture Hive, 1010 NE 2nd Ave., Miami. Limited seating; register here.

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August 21, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida this week

Tech eggBrainfood Speaker Series: Brainfood with Endeavor @ The LAB Miami featuring Brian Brackeen of Kairos, Seth Cassel of Everymundo and Jaclyn Baumgarten of Boatsetter. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23,  at The LAB Miami: 400 NW 26th St., Miami. $30. Brainfood with Endeavor @ The LAB is a monthly, hands-on discussion with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and CEOs. More info here.

NelyGalan_0435_RGBConnecting Minds:  "Connecting Minds," a new of business event series will launch in Miami on Wednesday geared to help Hispanic small business owners bolster their success. Topics include access to capital, experts and resources to grow small businesses. Nely Galán, media executive, entrepreneur, author and founder of the Adelante Movement, will kickoff the first event with learnings and best practices on building relationships.Chase and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) are joining forces to kick off the free business breakfast meeting event, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24,   Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Registration required:

Venture Cafe: The free weekly Thursday Gathering will feature networking and  a  “Choose Your Own Beer Adventure” and discussion  on the growth of Miami’s craft beer industry over the last few years with four local brewery founders (and tastings), CIC Miami, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., 1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami. More info here.

StartUP FIU Match-UP Night: Have you ever wanted to work on a startup but lacked an idea or team?  StartUP FIU invites you to attend its Match-UP Night. StartUP FIU has already selected  19 startups to join its Incubator, which begins this Fall. These startups are looking for additional team members. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, College of Business Complex (CBC) Room 232,  11200 Southwest 8th Street, Miami. More info here.

Refresh Miami: Ever wonder w:at goes on in a startup incubator & how to pick which is the right fit for your business? Join us as we discuss how incubators are changing the start-up landscape and the future of financial technology. Jeff Cain, from Envestnet|Yodlee Corporate Incubator, based in the Silicon Valley will share his experiences via a Fireside chat, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, August 25, WeWork Lincoln Road. More info:

Next week:

Advertising and Public Relations for Your Business; In this free seminar in Spanish, you will learn how to effectively communicate in today’s multicultural environment, including effective strategies and plans to successfully portray your businesses to the public. The session is  offered by the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund and hosted at the Florida Blue Center in Fort Lauderdale, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 31.  To register, click here or call 786-329-5830.

How VR and AR will Change the World: The Idea Center in collaboration with MAGIC at Miami Dade College introduces IMMERSIVE TECH MIAMI, a program that teaches you everything you need to know about starting your own VR and AR business. To kick it off, listen to Sivan Iram, general manager of River Studios, a company that is pushing the boundaries of VR, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 NE 2nd Ave, Building 8, 5th Floor. More info here.

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August 18, 2016

Florida Venture Tech Showcase offers opportunity to pitch, win $100K

The Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida, in partnership with Hillsborough County, will co-host the inaugural 2016 Florida Venture Tech Showcase on November 1, 2016 at CAMLS  in downtown Tampa.

The half-day afternoon Showcase is a capital acceleration competition and business-networking event featuring presentations by some of Florida’s most promising growth-stage companies who are cash positive and established in business. Troy Knauss, instructor with the Angel Resource Institute will be the special guest speaker.  Selected presenting companies will compete for the Space Florida Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award totaling $150,000: $100,000 for the Winner and $50,000 for the First Runner-Up.

Event details, company criteria and presenter’s application are available on the Florida Venture Forum’s website at The final application deadline for presenters is Friday, Oct. 14.


August 13, 2016

Let’s be mindful about Wynwood and Zika

Sacred space

Yoga at the Sacred Space in Wynwood.

By Demian Bellumio

Kahill Head, one of the most positive and inspiring people that I’ve met so far through Dawnings  —  a little event that I created in order to bring mindfulness and wellness to Miami’s entrepreneurial and professional communities — told me today:

“Dawn is the light that comes after the darkness, so Dawnings was born at the perfect time to help Wynwood”

He told me this insight after I called him to see how we can raise awareness around what is going on by leveraging our next Dawnings event Burning Man Edition, which is taking place next Wednesday, Aug. 17th starting from 6 to 9am.

As I researched more and more about the Zika issue, I had more questions than answers. And, as I talked to more and more people that live and work in the area, I realized that the public officials and government institutions also did not have all the answers that the citizens were looking for.

One question in particular stuck out to me. What is more dangerous, the Zika virus or the chemicals that are being used to fight it? I live in Edgewater, basically the same neighborhood as Wynwood, and from my hi-rise, I saw the planes spray gallons after gallons of liquid just a few blocks from the park where my daughter plays every afternoon.

After speaking with Kahill and other partners and friends, I decided that we MUST to use the next Dawnings as a platform to raise awareness about the real issues that concern the Wynwood and Miami community (the infamous map actually includes Edgewater, Midtown, Design District, but Wynwood is the one singled-out) and more importantly, to bring our collective positive energy and support for the people whose livelihoods are being threatened by the negative, and sometimes not completely accurate, press that is coming out daily in local and national outlets.

We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for the venue. The Sacred Space Miami is a state-of-the-art facility that has plenty of indoor space to accommodate our guests, so the entire event will take place inside. In addition, they installed a permanent system called Mosquitonix on the property to mist spray and ensure that you can walk safely to your car. The spray is biodegradable and plant based. I expected no less of the Miami home to the world-famous Plant Food + Wine Miami.

Yoga at The Sacred Space Miami

During the Meditate section, where we will start with a 30-min yoga session led by Pablo Lucero (OM Movement)followed by an inspiring candlelight meditation led by Kahill Head (SPIRIT-ILL) that will culminate with the creation of a shrine with our collective candles and with the special intention of helping our Wynwood neighbors. It will be followed by the Educate section, with inspiring talks from Natalia Martinez-Kalinina(CIC) and Dane Andrews (Roam). And we will end the morning experience with a celebration during the Liberate section that will include kick-ass music by DJ Alan Epps (Do Not Sit on the Furniture), natural juices from ColdPressRaworganic fruits from Endlessly Organic and healthy treats, including organic teas, acai bowls, and local fruits and breads from Wynwood Farmers Market’s vendors.

In conclusion, Dawnings was born in Wynwood at LAB Miami and we will do everything we can to support this energetic, entrepreneurial, forward-thinking and creative piece of Miami. We will take every precaution to have a safe experience for all guests, and we will harness the positive intentions of the community so that we can close this chapter sooner rather than later. But we are conscious that there are many questions still unanswered, so we want to provide a platform to find the correct answers. Therefore, I want to offer the following:

If you live/work in Wynwood and feel that you need a mindful experience and community to rely on, I want to offer you a free ticket to Dawnings. Please contact me at

To the rest of the Miami’s entrepreneurs, professionals, adventurers, artists, athletes and just curious beings, please join us next Wednesday at 6am and help us create a more mindful, educated and health-aware Miami. For more information, please visit

August 10, 2016

50 participate in Ironhack's inaugural We/Code: Women's Weekend


Photographer: Mary Beth Koeth (

By Greyceli Marin

Ironhack2Ironhack coding school, an intensive web development and UX/UI design bootcamp, hosted its first multi-day coding workshop for women only, We/Code: Women’s Weekend. It was dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of front-end web development, guiding the attendees through building their own personal web pages from scratch.

To participate, women had to submit written applications answering the question, How will knowing the fundamentals of web development improve your professional profile? After reviewing over 130 applicants, 50 were carefully selected to attend free of charge. The lectures were helmed by Ironhack’s Head of Product, who also built the curriculum for the school’s new Front-End Web Development bootcamp.

On Saturday morning, 50 enthusiastic women made their way to Ironhack Miami’s campus inside, a collaborative workspace in Brickell where they were greeted by complimentary breakfast. Day 1 began with an introduction to HTML and CSS, their syntax and how the languages worked together on a website. Everyone was asked to download a text editor they would use to build their sites, and then went straight to coding.

The instructor coded along with the class, with his laptop connected to the big projector in front of the room. As the group built, seven assistants, ladies who were either Ironhack alumni or current students in the front-end course, were available throughout the weekend to help out.

Most of the women participating had never touched a line of code before and most of them came from non-technical backgrounds. There were entrepreneurs, project managers, designers, marketers, educators and even a 14-year-old about to enter her freshman year of high school. They all successfully built customized resume web pages using HTML and CSS.

Day 2 concluded with finishing touches on the web pages and three workshops led by industry leaders. The workshops were 30 minute presentations on how having basic coding knowledge helped them succeed in their non-technical roles, with a Q&A session at the end. Speakers included Linda Koritkoski, director of marketing at STRAAT, where her HTML and CSS competency comes in handy when prototyping, building SEO and communicating with her developer team; Alexandra Floresmeyer, lead designer at Liveanswer who works closely with web developers and says that understanding web languages helps her create more feasible designs; and Marsha Belinson, managing director at JBCConnect (and a participant in the event) who gave best practices on recruiting, interviewing and working with developers.

The weekend was a direct successor of its namesake, We/Code, Europe’s largest intro-to-coding event launched by Ironhack’s Spain Campuses in collaboration with Google for Entrepreneurs’ Campus Madrid. For more information about Ironhack and future events, visit

August 07, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida this week

Tech egg

Design  for Miami: DesignThinking Miami is collaborating with The Idea Center on a new 12-course called Design for Miami. To celebrate the launch of the course,  Stanford University learning designer Ariel Raz will discuss design thinking and  how we can solve the world's biggest problems through radical collaboration, 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9,The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 NE 2nd Ave, Building 8, 5th Floor, Miami. More info here.
LaunchCode's TechPardy: Work in or with tech? Like pub quizzes and Daily Doubles? Sure you do. At this Tech Trivia Night TechPardy by LaunchCode, the winning team will receive a $100 cash prize and the second place team will receive a $50 prize, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, Warsaw Coffee Company, 15 NE 13th St, Fort Lauderdale. More info: More info here.

How to Build Your Food Enterprise: Join Startup FIU for an enlightening discussion with Tatiana Peisach, founder of Cold Pressed Raw, and Michael Cheng, director of the Food and Beverage Program at FIU, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, FIU MARC Pavillion, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami. More info here.

The Art of Building Great Products: Charles Irizarry, managing partner of Rokk3r Labs and founder of Think-Build, will share the secret sauce to building products people love, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 8, Fifth Floor.  More info here.

Wyncode Pitch Day 10: Network with the tech community and find out  what Wyncode's latest Miami cohort has accomplished, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Wynwood.  More info here.

 Action Design Miami: A discussion on "NPR, Podcasts and Habitual Listening: Why do we Tune In?" will include NPR product designers, a user researcher and media leaders, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Venture Café America, 1951 NW 7th Ave.  More info here.

Venture Law Project:  Receive legal advice for your startup from Venture Law Project at their August office hours and consultations. RSVP here: Aug 11 or Aug 19.

Rapid Prototyping for Entrepreneurs Workshop:  Learn how to quickly develop a prototype at Refresh Miami's workshop, 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, Ironhack, 120 SW 8th St., Miami. More info here.

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August 06, 2016

Wyntroduction to Code: Learn coding in a day Aug. 20

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Wyncode Academy, Florida’s first bricks and mortar coding bootcamp teaching computer programming in ten weeks, is hosting Wyntroduction to Code: a 1 day bootcamp aimed at those who are interested in coding, but may feel intimidated or are unsure of how to begin learning. The goal of Wyntroduction is to reduce those apprehensions, and introduce attendees to programming in a fun, interactive and engaging way. The day-long workshop consists of mini-lectures interlaced with numerous hands-on practice exercises that attendees complete solo or in pairs. The day culminates with students being guided through the process of developing a simple game that might have seemed impossible before, followed by closing notes on how they can continue their learning in the field.

“We’re excited to host Wyntroduction for the South Florida community. Our technical team designed a low friction approach to getting a real taste for coding in just one day,” Wyncode co-founder Juha Mikkola said. “After a successful test run at the Ancient City Ruby conference hosted by HashRocket, one of the top app development companies in the world, we’re ready to open Wyntroduction to select attendees with a desire to learn more about coding. The demand for coders is ever increasing and it’s a skill set that anyone with a strong work ethic and determination can learn. That said, it can be really hard to know where to begin and this one day bootcamp is designed to fix that problem.”

Wyntroduction to Code costs $25 and is limited to the first 100 attendees, with early bird pricing available for the first 50 registrants, half of which are already sold out. The event will take place at The Lightbox in Wynwood on Saturday, August 20th. Featuring Wyncode’s award winning instructors, a hiring partner and alumni panel, as well as catered breakfast and lunch, the day is sure to be a fun experience for newbie coders. It’s also a great way for for someone that has tried to learn to code online or through other programs to experience the difference that the in person Wyncode experience provides.

Wyncode attracts people without a programming background from a variety of careers: chefs, lawyers, salespeople, accountants, concierges, marketing executives and entrepreneurs who have all learned to code through Wyncode’s intensive, full-time program. The program focuses on tech skills like Ruby, Javascript, HTML and CSS and also on the business skills that startups require to be successful.

Wyncode Academy is licensed by the Florida Department of Education and has graduated over 300 Wyncoders. The majority are currently working in South Florida’s tech ecosystem, with over 80 companies having hired Wyncoders and more than 30 companies hiring at least a second Wyncoder. Wyncode has two campuses, one in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami and the second in Ft. Lauderdale’s Flagler Arts and Technology Village. Wyncode is the leading student reviewed in-person program on industry-leading site Course Report, with over 100 reviews and a 4.7 out of 5 star rating.

Interested participants can register for Wyntroduction on Eventbrite or attend Wyncode’s Pitch Day X on August 11th in Miami or Pitch Day VI on August 18th in Ft. Lauderdale for more information.  Wyncode’s next full time cohorts begin in Miami on October 3rd and in Ft. Lauderdale on October 10th. Each class is limited to 30 seats. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interested candidates should apply at


July 20, 2016

Rightsyde Media and partners to challenge startups in pitch contest for cash and prizes

Submitted by Christopher Guzman and Marc Boulos of Rightsyde Media

Jonathan Vilma, Al Nelson, Gauthier Darrien and David Salmon will make up the judge’s panel that will grant one startup company the ultimate toolset to launch their product: a $3,000 cash prize, free Minimal Viable Product development, $1,000 worth of legal work, and $1,000 worth of social media marketing.

That’s not all— any one of the judges could bid to invest in your startup if you are extremely convincing.  

Meet the Judges: 

Jonathan Vilma is a Super Bowl winning football player and University of Miami Legend. Since leaving the NFL, he has shifted his focus to investing. He now invests in many different companies and ventures, most notably Brother Jimmy’s and Pincho Factory.

Al Nelson is a shark tank dealmaker who struck a deal with Daymond John and Mark Cuban and now works closely with Daymond John in multiple projects. He is the Co-Owner of the wildly popular House of Mac food truck and an avid investor.

Gauthier Darrien is no stranger to the startup world. After launching Uber in Miami and being the Miami city director for Velocity, Gauthier now runs his own startup.  He understands the kind of discipline and work ethic it takes to run a startup, whether it’s a well-oiled machine like Uber, or a pre-launch startup like the one he is currently working on.

David Salmon is a lawyer who specializes in startup law and on his free time he runs his own startup. David has a phenomenal understanding of what it takes to make sure a startup runs smoothly and experience in making his own startup a success as well.

Where: 8400 NW 36th St Doral, FL 33166 Suite #450

When: Thursday, July 28th

DVLPER, Salmon Legal, StartUP FIU, Tank Brewing Co., and Pipeline Doral have all teamed up with Rightsyde Media, a digital and social media marketing company, to complete this event’s lineup. All submissions come with two tickets to the event for the applicant and an associate [Editor's note: It costs  $150 to submit your startup but event organizers say that money goes to the prize pool].

You also can purchase general admission tickets to gain access to free food and drinks, tequila and beer tasting, networking, giveaways and the big pitch competition.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to grow your network and be a part of Miami’s booming startup future. You can buy your tickets today at


July 17, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Workshops, events in South Florida

Tech eggFounder Institute: Join an informational networking event and meet local Founder Institute graduates who will share their startup experiences, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, TamboWorks, 5790 Sunset Drive, South Miami. More info:

Tech Beach: Network and talk tech at monthly networker, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 21, Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, 1672 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. More information here.

Fort Lauderdale Civic Hackathon: Code for Fort Lauderdale, a local civic technology group, along with coding bootcamp Wyncode, host the Fort Lauderdale Civic Hackathon (#FTLCivicHackathon) where teams will form to work on civic hacking projects, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Axis Coworking Space, 333 Las Olas Way, Fort Lauderdale. More info on Eventbrite.

Broward Waffle Wednesday: Wynwood-based Waffle Wednesday powered by LiveNinja is expanding to Broward County with networking, presentations by startups and of course waffles, 9 to 10:30 a.m. July 27, Mad Studios, 101 NE 3rd Ave., Suite 1136. More information here.

Traditional Business vs. Franchising: Free seminar in Spanish, offered by Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF), 6 to 8 p.m. July 28, Florida Blue Center, 8895 SW 136th St., Miami. More info: 786-329-5830.

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Nancy Dahlberg: @ndahlberg

June 29, 2016

Code for Fort Lauderdale to host civic hackathon July 23

By Code For Fort Lauderdale

Code for Fort Lauderdale, a local civic technology group, along with coding bootcamp Wyncode, are proud to host the Fort Lauderdale Civic Hackathon (#FTLCivicHackathon) Saturday, July 23, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Axis Coworking Space in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This event is the first locally organized civic hackathon open to developers, designers, urban planners, and creatives of all types (technical and non-technical).

“We want to create an opportunity for new ideas and collaborations to emerge,” said Rob Davis, Code for Fort Lauderdale co-organizer. “Civic Hackathons are a great way for citizens to get hands-on with civic information and meet others who share the same passion for programming and volunteering.”

Participants are tasked with pitching an idea, forming a team, and attempting to build a prototype to present at the conclusion of the event. Key Challenge themes include Transportation, Water & Outdoor Recreation, Upcycling/Recycling, Non-Profits and Open Challenge.

The City of Fort Lauderdale is a proud supporter, providing not only key open data sets instrumental in addressing these challenges, but also food, drinks, and snacks to keep teams fed and energized.

Kevin Keimel, Applications Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale and a judge for the event added, “While this is our first involvement in a local technology event, we’re excited to see what the local community can do.”

A team of local technology leaders will act as judges and will critique final presentations on Saturday evening. Related prizes will be unveiled during the opening kick-off at 8:30 a.m.

An exciting element of the event will be the presentation of practical problems from local non-profit organizations that participants will have the opportunity to tackle. Sea Turtle Oversight Protection and The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society are just two of the participating non-profits.

At the recent National Day of Civic Hacking, hosted by Code for Miami, demonstrated projects included a data visualization using White House Promised Zones data, a Facebook Chat Bot whose goal is to make it easier starting a business in Miami, and a website for affordable housing information.

“We expect to see that same ingenuity at Fort Lauderdale’s Civic Hackathon,” Rob Davis added.

Eager Civic Hackers can register at http://FTLCivicHackathon or (one per guest).

Sponsorship opportunities are available at


Fort Lauderdale Civic Hackathon

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Axis Space Coworking, 333 Las Olas Way CU 1, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301