September 28, 2016

Popular ITPalooza to return Dec. 3 at new location

ITPalooza

The South Florida Technology Alliance announced its 5th annual ITPalooza will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, at a new venue, the Signature Grand, located at 6900 W State Road 84 in Davie.

ITPalooza is an annual gathering of South Florida's technology professionals, CIOs and CTOs, user groups, educators and companies. Anticipating more than 2,000 registrants, 30 speakers, 100 sponsors and 30 tech groups from across South Florida, it is primed to deliver unbelievable value to the South Florida Tech community.

This event is one of South Florida’s largest tech conferences and  includes educational speaker tracks, a hiring fair, hackathon, Agile Group, CIO track, IT Expo, charity toy drive and after-party. ITPalooza will feature a dedicated Management Track in conjunction with the iCoast CIO Council and will focus on the unique needs of CIOs and other top-level IT executives. Last year, about 1,500 attended ITPalooza, then held at Nova Southeastern University (pictured above).  

“ITPalooza 2016 is a celebration of technologists in South Florida,” said SFTA President and ITPalooza event chairman Rick Sebaly.  “Connie Cabrera and her ITP Planning Committee have done a great job making this year’s event the best it can be.”

Registrations start at 8 AM and there will be a 9 AM keynote speech from Centrify. The event will also feature a second keynote at 5:00 PM featuring an executive from Amazon Web Services. The evening party and social event will commence at 6 PM.

Since its inception, ITPalooza has raised more than $125,000 in cash and toys for various South Florida non-profits including Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ STEM Advisory Board, The Stockdale Foundation and US Marine’s Toys for Tots.   

The event culminates in a networking holiday party with food and drink available for sale.

Admission is $60, granting individuals access to all activities taking place throughout the day. Unwrapped toys  for the “Toys for Tots” charity are welcome.

Online registration can be accessed at itpalooza.com or on Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/itpalooza-2016-tickets-25847957938?aff=itpsite. VIP and Student tickets are also available for purchase. Student admission is $15 with the presentation of a valid student ID. Information on sponsorship opportunities is also available on the site.

 - Submitted by ITPalooza

Read 2015 coverage of ITPalooza here.

September 27, 2016

MDC's Idea Center, Tel Aviv University hosting daylong CyberMiami tech conference

 The Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with Tel Aviv University, will host CyberMiami, a one-day technology conference featuring cybersecurity experts from business, education, and intelligence fields on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. at MDC's Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

The conference will connect the business ecosystem of the Latin American market with top entrepreneurs from the U.S. and Israel, where there are currently more than 400 cybersecurity companies in operation.

“We live in an increasingly risky world, from private information, personal banking and government infrastructure,” said Leandro Finol, executive director of the Idea Center.  “Cyber risk should be at the top of the agenda of both executives and the general public.  CyberMiami is a forum where we are bringing top cybersecurity leaders to discuss the most relevant issues of today and tomorrow.”

Attendees at CyberMiami will learn from cybersecurity industry leaders about defending and protecting their organization against imminent cyber-attacks in order to prevent data breaches. The conference will include discussions about cyber threats as well as an exhibition of cybersecurity technologies.

The lineup of guest speakers at CyberMiami includes: Hadar Blutrich, CEO of Source Defence; Inon Elroy, Economic Minister of North America; Sam Friedman, director of sales of Cyberbit; David Gladshtein, director of business at Minerva Labs; Avital Grushcovski, V.P Product of Source Defence; Yasmin Hami, business development manager of Votiro; Greg Lenox director of sales of Secdo; Derek Schwartz, CEO North America of Safe-T; and Shay Zandani, CEO of Cytegic.

To register or for more information, please visit http://cyberweekmiami.com.

 WHAT:            The Idea Center @MDC to Host CyberMiami

WHEN:            Thursday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

WHERE:         The Idea Center @MDC, Building 8, 1st Floor, 315 N.E. Second Ave.

COST: $150

- Submitted by Miami Dade College

September 25, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida

The State of Miami's Tech Hub: Jurnid Sessions presents part III of this series, with investors Estaban Reyes and Mark Kingdon, and entrepreneurs Gabriela Sabate and Ric Herrero, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept 27, Miami Ad School, 571 NW 28th St. More info on Eventbrite.   

Tech egg

Hispanic Unity of Florida's Entrepreneur Summit: Successful entrepreneurs, business experts, educational institutions and marketing gurus will share their insights and best tips for success at this free summit, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdday, Sept. 28, Nova Southeastern University,  Carl DeSantis Building, Fort Lauderdale. More information: www.Hufesummit.org

The Innovation M Conference: Three-day-long mix of inspiring entrepreneurs, educators and innovators that will be held Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-30, at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. Each day’s event kicks in at 5:30 p.m.; Peter Blacker, executive vice president of digital media and emerging businesses at NBCUniversal, is keynote speaker. Free. More information here.

Refresh Miami Demo Day: South Florida startups  AlulA, Bid.Aero, Citizen, Coach HQ, DocuVital and Moulin.io were selected to pitch for prizes that will  propel their  business forward, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Miami Dade College, Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). More info here or refreshmiami.com.

LaunchCode's HappyHire: Are you an aspiring technologist looking to start your career in software development? A CTO on the hunt for rockstar coders? Come join us for LaunchCode's HappyHire. Employers including MasterCard, LifeWallet and others will be on hand, 6 p.m.-8 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 29,  Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami. More info: happyhire.eventbrite.com

Have an event you would like considered for Entrepreneurship Datebook? Email it to ndahlberg@miamiherald.com. Want to see a more comprehensive listing? Check out the Community Events section of the revamped refreshmiami.com.

September 23, 2016

MDC’s Idea Center, NBCUniversal and Telemundo to present free Innovation M Conference next week

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College  is partnering with NBCUniversal and Telemundo to present the first ever Innovation M Conference, a three-day event from Sept. 28 – 30, featuring an extraordinary mix of inspiring entrepreneurs, educators and innovators.

Innovation M will explore a new America. This groundbreaking initiative will include experiential learning, inspiring talks and wrap-up with a thrilling community challenge. Sessions will discuss leadership, media and social innovation in the millennial age, among other topics.

Guest speakers will include Peter Blacker, EVP digital media and emerging businesses at NBCUniversal; Durell Coleman, founder and CEO of DC Design; Dr. Constance Iloh, assistant professor at UC Irvine; Zivthan Dubrovsky, platform lead at Bioinspired Robotics; Reny Dias Arango, VP insights and consumer intel at NBCUniversal; Lisa Atia, creative brand strategist at Blavity; Nuria Santamaria Wolfe, digital media and tech strategy at Twitter; Vanessa Hauc, Telemundo correspondent; Francesca Kennedy, founder and CEO of lx Style; and Christine Souffrant, Venededy founder. 

"The generation that created Facebook, Uber, Change.org, and countless other disruptive platforms are poised to reshape politics and government in the United States and abroad, said Leandro Finol, the Idea Center’s executive director. “We are thrilled to partner with NBC Universal and Telemundo to host this extraordinary Conference."

Get free tickets to this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-m-conference-join-3-days-of-innovation-tickets-27155776659?mc_eid=ce9c4e6266&mc_cid=0013f1416a.  

For more information, visit www.theideacenter.co.  

WHAT:        Innovation M Conference

WHEN:        Wednesday – Friday, Sept. 28 – 30, various times  

WHERE:     MDC’s Wolfson Campus, Building 8, 5th floor,  315 N.E. Second Ave. 

- Submitted by Miami Dade College

September 18, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida

Tech eggFunding Facetime: Calling all innovators and startups looking for funding: Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP) is offering 20 minutes of facetime with their team of angel investors and business professionals between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. Register here.

Inside the Investor's head: Enterprise Development Corporation and Miami DDA are launching an investor series connecting entrepreneurs with investors from Florida and beyond.  Learn more about the series and how to apply in an informational meeting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, Mindwarehouse, 111 NE 1st Street, Miami. More info here.

Generation Startup screening: Join Refresh Miami for a screening of Generation Startup, including a Q&A with the director, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept, 20, O Cinema, Wynwood: More Info/tickets: http://www.o-cinema.org/event/generation-startup/

Financial Intelligence for Entrepreneurs: This event aims to help enable you to build a successful, long-lasting and profitable business by breaking down financial numbers in layman's terms, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, StartHub, 66 West Flagler St., 9th floor, Miami. More info on Eventbrite.

Coming up

Hispanic Unity of Florida's Entrepreneur Summit: Successful entrepreneurs, business experts, educational institutions and marketing gurus will share their insights and best tips for success at this free summit, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Nova Southeastern University,  Carl DeSantis Building, Fort Lauderdale. More information: www.Hufesummit.org

Refresh Miami Demo Day: South Florida startups  AlulA, Bid.Aero, Citizen, Coach HQ, DocuVital and Moulin.io were selected to pitch for prizes that will  propel their  business forward, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29, Miami Dade College, Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). More info here or refreshmiami.com.

LaunchCode's HappyHire: Are you an aspiring technologist looking to start your career in software development? A CTO on the hunt for rockstar coders? Come join us for LaunchCode's HappyHire. Employers including MasterCard, LifeWallet and others will be on hand, 6 p.m.-8 p.m, Sept. 29,  Venture Cafe Miami, 1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami. More info: happyhire.eventbrite.com

Have an event you would like considered for Entrepreneurship Datebook? Email it to ndahlberg@miamiherald.com. Want to see a more comprehensive listing? Check out the Community Events section of the revamped refreshmiami.com.

 

 

September 17, 2016

Hispanic Unity's free Entrepreneur Summit set for Sept. 28

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Entrepreneurs, business experts, educators and marketing gurus will share their insights and tips for success at Hispanic Unity of Florida’s upcoming Entrepreneur Summit.

The free summit will include workshops, exhibitions, awards and networking time. It will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Nova Southeastern University’s Carl DeSantis Building in Fort Lauderdale. Summit organizers expect 300 to 400 people based on past attendance at its annual summits.

For more information or to register: www.Hufesummit.org.

Nancy Dahlberg

 

September 14, 2016

Pitch your startup for $10K investment at upcoming Geek Tank in West Palm Beach

MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida, Startup Palm Beach and Miami Innovation Fund are partnering in the 4th Annual “Geek Tank”, an event geared at getting early stage startups recognition and capital. Anyone with a tech driven startup or innovative idea can apply via Gust, submitting through the online investment portal’s website by answering a few basic questions.

MIT has hosted this event 3 times in the past, featuring angel backed fintech startup Waleteros out of Miami in 2014, who received a $25,000 term sheet but declined the aggressive valuation. This year, four winners will be chosen from the Gust group and chosen to present to a panel of early stage investors including Chris Callahan, founder of Startup Palm Beach Capital, Jack Karabees, co-founder of the Miami Innovation Fund, and Andrew Heitner, principal at Alcon Partners. In addition, Howard Gitten, technology lawyer at full service, international firm Locke Lorde, is organizing and sponsoring the event with $5,000 credit in a legal retainer, enough to help incorporate and/or advise as needed, and Peter Haines, of Horizon Growth Advisors, is providing $5,000 in-kind consulting services to the winner.

The winner will be announced live at the night of the event, scheduled from 6:30pm-9pm at Keiser University, 2600 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Tickets are $30 until September 15th and $35 after that.

MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida is an entrepreneur support organization comprised of technology enthusiasts from Jupiter to Miami. They host 10 events per year including CEO Roundtable Breakfasts, high-tech Demos, panels, and holiday parties. The non-profit was formed in 2003 with a mission to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation at the intersection of business and technology.

This will be the largest business plan competition and idea accelerator in Palm Beach County, which is becoming a hotbed for entrepreneurs. Both the private and public sector are collaborating to ensure we do not continue to suffer from brain drain or lack of infrastructure.

The recently formed coalition Palm Beach Technology Association is helping unite the voices and provide discounted rates to coworkers in Downtown West Palm Beach. The City of West Palm Beach is doing it’s part with the support of the Business Development Board and the Economic Council, who are headed on a Leadership Trip to Denver, Co. for Startup Week. The upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Week in November is in it’s 5th year fostering collaboration not only to showcase entrepreneurs but also to help catalyze new companies at Startup Weekend.

To Register for the Event, click here: http://bit.ly/GeekTank2016

To Apply as a Startup: http://bit.ly/GeekTank10KChallenge

Submitted by Startup Palm Beach

September 13, 2016

Launch, grow, invest: Ways to make women count in the tech ecosystem

United Way Womens Luncheon

A sea of women entrepreneurs attends a United Way Women's Leadership luncheon. Photo by Sidonia Rose Swarm

By Alma Kadragic

First came the birth of the Miami technology ecosystem, strongly supported by the Knight Foundation and visible with the launch of e-Merge Americas in the first half of 2014. As e-Merge continued, incubators and accelerators grew together with co-working spaces like Pipeline and WeWork. And then someone realized that despite a few stars, the technology ecosystem seemed to benefit male entrepreneurs far more than women.

One answer was the launch in May of WIN Lab Miami, The Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership, backed by Babson College. Starting this month 20 women - from new entrepreneurs to those with several startups behind them - will spend eight months at WIN Lab developing concepts, brands, and management to create scalable companies.

WIN Lab Director Nelly Farra moderated a panel of women entrepreneurs today, sponsored by United Way as part of its Women's Leadership Let's Do Lunch program. The panel included Mary Anderson, a tech industry senior marketing executive focusing on investing and advising early and mid-stage companies; and entrepreneurs Suzanne Batlle, founder and owner, Azucar Ice Cream Company; Marilu Rios Kernan, co-founder and president, Pepe Loves Books, working on her fifth startup; and Amanda Pizarro, co-owner, The Salty Donut. 

That more than 100 women attended the lunch at United Way's headquarters in Miami suggests that women are beginning to become visible in the technology ecosystem. Not everyone will start a company and not all of the attendees were business owners. However, they listened and applauded as the entrepreneurs shared experiences, some difficult, all of them instructive. 

As president of the Miami chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), I came to luncheon to see if I could find new members. Too many women in business go it alone and prefer to follow the hidden path in the woods rather than the broad avenue in the sun. I believe in exposure with all the risks that can entail. Certainly the panelists had taken and were continuing to take risks. I hope their example will inspire at least some of those 100 women to launch a business; grow their business; or invest in someone else's business - all good ways to make women count in the technology ecosystem.

Alma Kadragic is president of Alcat Communications International and president of the Miami chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Follow here on Twitter @almakad.

 

September 11, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida

Tech eggCrowdfunding Investing Workshop: Venture Hive and the Knight Foundation will host a free daylong Crowdfund Investing workshop led by Sherwood Neiss. He spearheaded the writing of crowdfund investing legislation in the 2012 JOBS Act that was ratified by President Barack Obama and also wrote preeminent “how to” guides for entrepreneurs and investors looking to raise money. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Venture Hive, 1010 NE Second Ave., Miami. Limited seating; register here.

[Read more about the crowdfunding seminar here.]

What SCORE Can Do for You: Find out about free coaching services and low-cost workshops for startups and small businesses offered by SCORE Miami-Dade at a free seminar, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, Miami Beach Public Library. More info here. 

Get Your Share of County Business: Join SCORE Miami-Dade for a workshop that will help small business owners understand what it takes to do business with Miami-Dade County. Lawanda Wright-Robinson, technical assistance coordinator of the Small Business Development Department for Miami-Dade County will present information about the County’s programs for small business and give an overview of its purchasing process, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, BizNest, 2000 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite 515, Coral Gables. Register here.

Venture Cafe with Startup BootcampMeet Startup Bootcamp’s 2016 cohort of digital health startups at Venture Café for a preview of teams working on the cutting edge of healthcare, 6 p;.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, Venture Cafe, 1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami. More info here.

Coming up

Funding Facetime: Calling all innovators and startups looking for funding: Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP) is offering 20 minutes of facetime with their team of angel investors and business professionals between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Register here.

Inside the Investor's head: Enterprise Development Corporation and Miami DDA are launching an investor series connecting entrepreneurs with investors from Florida and beyond.  Learn more about the series and how to apply in an informational meeting, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Mindwarehouse, 111 NE 1st Street, Miami. More info here.

Hispanic Unity of Florida's Entrepreneur Summit: Successful entrepreneurs, business experts, educational institutions and marketing gurus will share their insights and best tips for success at this free summit, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Nova Southeastern University,  Carl DeSantis Building, Fort Lauderdale. More information: www.Hufesummit.org

Refresh Miami Demo Day: South Florida startups  AlulA, Bid.Aero, Citizen, Coach HQ, DocuVital and Moulin.io were selected to pitch for prizes that will  propel their  business forward, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 29, Miami Dade College, Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). More info here or refreshmiami.com.

Have an event you would like considered for Entrepreneurship Datebook? Email it to ndahlberg@miamiherald.com. Want to see a more comprehensive listing? Check out the Community Events section of the revamped refreshmiami.com.

 

 

September 06, 2016

Want to learn about crowdfunding? Daylong workshop coming to Venture Hive

What are the opportunities and the challenges in the new crowdfunding frontier? How about some practical how-to's for implementing a campaign? Hear it from an expert who spearheaded the legislation. 

In partnership with the Knight Foundation and DLA Piper, Venture Hive will be hosting a free daylong Crowdfund Investing Workshop led by Sherwood Neiss on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Sherood neissNeiss’ experience is vast: through spearheading the writing of Crowdfund Investing legislation in the 2012 JOBS Act ratified by President Barack Obama, to authoring preeminent “how to” guides for entrepreneurs and investors looking to raise money from the crowd and invest in crowdfunded opportunities, his expertise provides an unparalleled opportunity for participants to learn about this growing global opportunity. He is one of the most powerful champions and thought leaders for Crowdfund Investing (CFI) in the world and a highly sought-after consultant for Crowdfund Investing.

 Workshop participants will receive an 8-hour workshop full of expert-guided seminars, best practices, and “how-to’s” for practical implementation of crowdfunding principles for their enterprise or supporting others in launching their own campaign  or investing. Doors open at 8:30AM. Lunch is free for participants and is sponsored by LUGLOC- The Luggage Locator (www.lugloc.com). Venture Hive is located at 1010 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132.

Find out more about Venture Hive at www.venturehive.com. If you have any questions about this event, please email events@venturehive.com. CLE Credits are available.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crowdfund-investing-workshop-with-sherwood-neiss-tickets-27094361966