October 10, 2016

Startup Spotlight: Caribé Exotic Juice offers taste of the tropics


By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@MiamiHerald.com

COMPANY NAME: Caribé Exotic Juice

Headquarters: Miami and Washington, D.C.

Concept: Build lasting supply chains to connect Caribbean and Latin American producers to the U.S. market. Right now, the company is focusing on helping small farmers in the Dominican Republic make use of excess fruit by purchasing produce the farmers ordinarily would discard and making cold-pressed juice from it. The juice is then sold in Miami and Washington, D.C., under the Caribé brand.

Story: While undergraduates at the University of Miami, Cristian F. Robiou (pictured above) and Luis Solis wondered why larger beverage companies did not source fruits at large scale "from the Caribbean and Latin America to make natural juices favored by Hispanic consumers. Passion fruit and sour sop, for instance, are popular in multicultural households, but high-quality, ready-to-drink options did not exist in the market.

That question was the intellectual genesis of Caribé. But the soul of the company developed later, as the founders tried to solve the question.

“While graduate students, we researched the question and found a suite of issues that made building a supply chain more prohibitive in this part of the world: wide-scale disorganization at the local governmental level in the Caribbean, disorganization as to the way representatives handled their duties, and even wider corruption at the EX/IM level. This angered us,” said Robiou. He was then in his first year at Harvard Law School, while Solis was in his first year at Darden Business School at the University of Virginia.

"The research project began as an aloe farm and eventually became Caribé Exotic Juice, a company selling cold-pressed juices made from exotic fruits imported from the Dominican Republic, where both Robiou and Solis grew up. Dominican farmers, who typically struggle to sell their products overseas, directly benefit. The arrangement in turn improves the social and economic conditions of thousands of agricultural workers in the DR. (article continues under photo)


“We realized there was a lot of paving to be done to make sure we could make this concept work,” Robiou said. “But we did it because we care about helping and developing the Caribbean and doing so in a way that benefits U.S. consumers.”

In 2014, Caribé launched its juice in the mid-Atlantic. The local Whole Foods picked it up. Now the company has four juices, found in all Whole Foods in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, and soon will carry the juices in New York and New Jersey. The juice will also soon be in 50 Harris Teeter supermarkets and is approved to launch in 100 Krogers.

Caribé is also found in many fast-casual restaurants and independent stores in Miami, including The Daily Creative, Spring Chicken, Jimmy’z Kitchen, Wynwood Cafe and Pinecrest Wayside Market. Robiou hopes to get into Whole Foods and Publix in South Florida. “We’re committed to Miami. We are going to make it work.”

The four flavors are Starfruit (15 calories, drink it straight up or use as a mixer), Passion Fruit, Guava and Acerola Berry. Coming soon: a Caribé coconut water (made with Dominican coconuts and a splash of lime) and a mango mix. A cold-pressed coffee drink — with a Caribbean twist, of course — is in the works. The bottles retail for $2.99 to $3.49.

Website and social media: caribejuice.com and instagram.com/caribejuice

Launched: February 2014

Management team: Cristian F. Robiou (based in Miami); Luis Solis (based in Washington, D.C.)

No. of employees: Eight full-time employees spread out among operations, marketing and sales, plus 16 part-time employees.

Financing: $750,000 from friends-and-family financing rounds. The team expects to soon complete a $2 million financing round with Dominican and American investors.

Milestones: 34 new Harris Teeter supermarkets added to accounts. Likely closing a premier natural beverage distributor in the Northeast representing 13 new states that will feature Caribé. Met with the president of the Dominican Republic in late August to discuss the impact.

Biggest startup challenge: Dealing with the Caribbean and Latin American business culture, as well as Miami’s. “It’s very much who you know and less about the numbers … and I wasn’t prepared for that,” Robiou said. “I thought that if you can prove the business case, that’s that, but that hasn’t been the case here. But being here has forced me to address that weakness in myself. It has made me, I think, a stronger leader because you can’t forget that business is fundamentally about people, about relationships.”

Next steps: Building out broader partnerships within Miami and capturing key stores to help expand markets across relevant demographics. Caribé wants to bring in more marketing employees and focus explicitly on advertising for 90 days in 2017. The team is developing more dynamic branding tied to Miami.

“We want to be the standard here in Florida. I want someone to be able to walk into a Whole Foods or a Publix and find Caribé on the shelf,” Robiou said. That kind of availability brings home the idea we had when we started Caribé, of seeing Miami as this link to the best of the Caribbean. We care very, very much about growing from here and being something that stands for good in Miami.”

Mentor’s view: Seeing the health trends, Adam Meltzer, owner of The Daily Creative, said he began carrying Caribé products in his restaurant about a year ago and sales are strong. He also introduced Robiou to Gordon Food Service, a distributor that Robiou is now working with. “When I first tried the passion fruit flavor, I was immediately impressed with the unusual, yet refreshing taste. It piqued my interest to try them all,” Meltzer said. “The challenge that he faces moving forward is to keep the buzz going, to keep the Caribé name fresh in people’s minds with social media, tastings etc. Marketing will be the key to his success from here on.”|

Nancy Dahlberg: @ndahlberg

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itopia raises $3.5 million to fund growth

Jon Lieberman Photoitopia  has secured $3.5 million in funding to accelerate its growth, the Miami-based technology company’s CEO said on Monday.

itopia, founded in 2012, is in the “Workspace-as-a-Service space and is the only technology company offering an end-to-end, cloud workspace management platform designed exclusively to help IT service providers simplify the migration to and ongoing management of cloud services from a single dashboard, said Jonathan Lieberman, itopia co-founder and CEO.

“The global market is rapidly moving to a cloud-first world where businesses are demanding that their IT service providers deliver secure and seamless access to data anywhere, anytime and on every device,” said Lieberman, in a statement (pictured at right). “Our new funding exceeded our target and the time is now to capitalize on the market growth and the potential around WaaS by providing channel partners with the technology and tools they need to lead and thrive in this new reality.”

Ubaldo Don Photo (1)itopia said it plans to use this funding for expanding channel development teams, including inside and field sales, digital marketing and partner support; enhancing itopia’s IT service provider partner program with additional training and educational resources; and accelerating itopia’s innovative engineering effort.  “With this new funding, itopia gains the resources to generate greater awareness for its proprietary Cielo cloud workspace management platform,” said Ubaldo Don (pictured at left), itopia co-founder and CTO. itopia would not disclose total funding raised.

The new funding is co-led by John McIntire and Eric Kamisher, both early investors in Open English and other ventures, and IT industry leader Sean Charnock. McIntire and Kamisher will join Charnock on itopia’s Board of Directors. Other prominent local investors who are also on itopia's board include Bill Pruitt, founding investor in Mako and VirtualStream, Sherrill Hudson, former Chairman of the Board and CEO at TECO Energy and Managing Partner at Deloitte, and Steve McKean, Co-Founder at Acceller and BillShark.

itopia has 33 employees including its software development team and plans to grow to more than 50 soon, Lieberman said. Nearly 1,500 leading enterprise software applications are certified on itopia’s platform, with new applications added regularly. Last year, itopia was just named one of the 15 coolest cloud companies by CRN, a well-respected technology industry publication.

October 03, 2016

Startup Spotlight: Bammies, for fashion as comfy as your jammies

JammiesCompany name:

Headquarters: Miami Beach

Concept: Bammies is a core collection of comfortable-chic fashion staples that elevates comfort and minimizes decision fatigue. With two collections released per year, each Bammies season includes classic, creative styles designed for ease of use, quick and stylish dressing, and comfort.

Website: www.bammies.life

Story: Who wouldn’t want to go to work in clothing as comfortable as her jammies?

Founded by Rosario Chozas and Julia Ford-Carther, the made-in-South Florida brand embodies a fashion solution for busy women. After transitioning from a creative to a corporate environment, Chozas, who has a background in fashion, developed a brand concept that allowed her to dress appropriately, yet comfortably, and without sacrificing style that was authentically her. “People would always say, ‘Rosario you look so comfortable,’ and I would say, ‘These are my business jammies,’ ” Chozas said.

Chozas met Ford-Carther through her former work with eMerge Americas developing its track and events for women, called WIT. Ford-Carther at the time was senior editor of Ocean Drive magazine. They hit it off instantly and decided to partner up on Bammies (business plus jammies). They incorporated Bammies in July 2015 and launched the first collection in January. Over the summer they added plus sizes, by popular request.

The founders say their mission behind Bammies is two-fold: to minimize morning decision fatigue for women who need to quickly and aptly dress for the various appointments they have in a day, and to help women use fashion to feel comfortable in their own skin.

The Bammies line features tank tops, dresses, blazers and pants that are woven from natural fibers and polyester blends, and all of them can be paired and accessorized with items women already have in their closets. The Bammies Collection 02, launched last week, adds new fabrics and colors such as navy, burgundy and grays. Items range from $80 to $170. “It’s the way you’ve always wanted to dress,” said Ford-Carther, who has a background in media and marketing.

The founders are also working on a video series about how to style and accessorize their clothing using color theory. The videos would also generate suggested options for a job interview, a baby shower or a wedding, for instance.

So will men get Bammies, too? “We get so many requests for that, you have no idea,” Chozas said. So stay tuned. …

Launched to market: January 2016

Management team: Co-founders Julia Ford-Carther, CEO, and Rosario Chozas, creative director

Financing: Self-funded and raised $5,000 in friends and family funding and $3,500 through an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. Currently not seeking funding.

Recent milestones reached: Launched an extended-size run this summer to become a size-inclusive brand, offering the equivalent of XS to 4X. Accepted into the inaugural class of Babson College’s WIN Lab Miami accelerator program for female founders. Launched Collection 02 on Sept. 26 on www.bammies.life.

Biggest startup challenge: Building and marketing a bootstrapped business that focuses heavily on digital strategy.

Next step: Building a platform for the brand. “We’re taking cues from both personal and consumer brands to create a hybridized approach to platform building,” Ford-Carther said. “Because customers these days have less time … they like to have a one-stop-shop destination. … We’re marketing a lifestyle and we are becoming spokespeople ourselves, not just about our brand but about how to live the Bammies lifestyle.”

Adviser’s view: Rebecca Fishman-Lipsey, founder of Radical Partners and a member of Bammies’ advisory board, was attracted to the passionate, “magnetic” founders and the product itself.

“Their product resonates with so many people. They’ve been extremely lean, they’ve found local ways to grow, and they’ve responded to the voices of their customer base,” Fishman-Lipsey said. “Thousands upon thousands of people are sharing and liking … and the question now is how to translate the love of the brand into massive sales. We’ve learned a lot from seeing how magnetic Julia and Rosario are on camera. People are captivated by them and their story. They’re bringing more of themselves into their brand as a result.”

Nancy Dahlberg: @ndahlberg

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October 02, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida

Tech egg#WaffleWednesday: Connect with Miami’s startup and tech community at weekly networking event hosted by LiveNinja, 9 a.m. to 10:30 am, Wednesday, Oct. 5, LiveNinja 120 Northwest 25th Street, Loft #301, Miami, FL 33127. More info here.

#WaffleWednesday Broward: Come for the waffles or the tech networking, or both. Broward: The breakfast gathering has expanded to Broward County, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, Mad Studios, 101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1920, Fort Lauderdale. More info here.

Code for Fort Lauderdale: Join OpenHackNight  to hack on a project, learn something new, and meet fellow citizens interested in open, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5,  Ultimate Software Phase 10, Intersteller Room, 2250 N Commerce Pkwy, Weston. More info here.

Let’s Fly with Drone Tech: Hear from Silicon Valley and industry experts about drone technology, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, 315 NE 2nd Ave,,Building 8, 5th Floor, Miami. More info here.

Venture Café: A lineup of programs, office hours and networking time awaits the community every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., 1951 NW 7th Ave. Miami. Find out more here.

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 28, 2016

Popular ITPalooza to return Dec. 8 at new location


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.

Carlton Fields provides free legal resources to Florida tech entrepreneurs

Florida-based law firm Carlton Fields has unveiled LaunchtoThrive.com, a microsite that provides legal documents, resources, and free counsel to entrepreneurs in the technology industry.

The aim is to help startups in regional tech-growth markets – including Miami, Tampa and Orlando – master multiple business challenges by providing startup-specific legal services and support at no cost. The site has launched in English and Spanish to ensure that Hispanic entrepreneurs are provided with resources catered to their needs.

“LaunchtoThrive.com expands on Carlton Fields’ longstanding commitment to entrepreneurs in Florida and across the nation. It allows our lawyers to form new relationships and help entrepreneurs grow their businesses from the ground up,” said Joe Swanson, an attorney in the firm’s Tampa office. “Local institutions, such as the University of South Florida and the Tampa Innovation Alliance, provide further, invaluable support to our relationships with these pioneers at a time when Tampa is undergoing a startup boom.”

Carlton Fields’ commitment to local entrepreneurs has led to multiple partnerships throughout Florida.

“The Spanish language component of LaunchtoThrive.com is essential in that it allows us to reach out to a population of entrepreneurs that has been underserviced nationwide, and that is essential to Florida’s future economic growth,” said Swanson.

Hispanics are indeed at the forefront of creating businesses across sectors. A 2015 report by Geoscape and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce revealed that Hispanics are the most likely to become entrepreneurs; in fact, the number of Hispanic owned businesses was projected to increase to more than 4.07 million in 2015, a 57 percent increase since 2007.

Free legal resources become especially crucial in light of recent data showing that less than half of all startups reach the five-year anniversary of their founding. Furthermore, legal issues are frequently cited as an impediment to success; the cost of top-notch lawyers often discourages startups from even seeking counsel – a problem Carlton Fields intends to solve.

LaunchtoThrive.com features easy-to-access links and downloads of documents such as bylaws, articles of organization and incorporation, trademark assignment and license forms, nondisclosure and employment agreements, and much more. A ‘Recent Resources’ queue includes expert articles and interviews on time management, wage and hour laws, considerations for going public, and data security preparedness, among other topics.

“We’re partnering with diverse entrepreneurs to support the comprehensive business strategies of Florida’s emerging companies,” said Jack Clabby, a shareholder in Carlton Fields’ Tampa office, who has worked with startups and other growing businesses throughout Florida.

“There’s an adventuresome spirit in Florida right now, and we’re happy to be a part of it,” added Gary Sasso, Carlton Fields’ President and CEO.

Visit LaunchtoThrive.com to learn more. Connect with us on Twitter @LaunchtoThrive.

- Submitted by Carlton Fields

September 27, 2016

How to get a hot tech job? Miami Dade College offering big data degree


By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

Data scientist, data analyst, data architect, business intelligence analyst – the job titles vary but companies can’t seem to get enough of them in this hot tech sector.

What’s more, these data analysts that prepare and analyze large data sets are garnering average salaries exceeding $100,000, several recent national salary surveys show. Yet, companies say workers lack the skills for the abundant opportunities in both public and private sectors, including healthcare, finance, manufacturing, energy, education, logistics and construction.

To help fill that gap, Miami Dade College’s School of Engineering and Technology on the Wolfson campus plans to launch a new big data program in spring 2017, becoming the first educational institution in Florida to offer an undergraduate degree in data analytics. The program was recently approved by the State of Florida.

“Data science and analytics has been identified as a field where the shortfall in the workforce will be in the hundreds of thousands,” said Djuradj Babic, director of MDC’s School of Engineering and Technology, citing a McKinsey & Co. report that forecast nearly 200,000 vacancies nationwide in the field by 2018. “The effect of this gap in related fields such as information technology and cybersecurity will be threefold.” 

The program will begin with a College Credit Certificate in Business Intelligence, progress to an Associate in Science in Business Intelligence, and culminate in a Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics. “As we researched nationwide, we found that degrees were only being offered at the graduate or post-graduate level. Our undergraduate pathway is a model that can be replicated and applied nationwide,” Babic said. 

 Industry partners include NextEra Energy, Siemens Energy, the Business Higher Education Forum, Oracle, SAS, Accenture, Miami-Dade County, Miami Children’s Hospital and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, MDC said. For more information on the program, visit http://entec.mdc.edu/BS-DA.htm.

[Read more: Tech talent in South Florida: Making progress?

Mindful in Miami



This week my two-part package on mindful startups was published in the Miami Herald's Business Monday section.

Startups out to build a mindful Miami

By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

Miami a magnet for mindfulness? Really?

If you are reading this stuck in Interstate 95 gridlock, stressed out at work, or distressed by news of yet another senseless shooting death or an only-in-Miami fraud, you may think not. But a growing number of local startups are betting the time has come for mindfulness and well-being in the Magic City.

Consider this: While yoga classes, spas and life coaches have long been a part of the scene, the past year has brought businesses specializing in serene spaces, education and training. Product companies create clothing and accessories, even reminders to be mindful. Food product companies are taking root, and farmer’s markets and healthy, organic food restaurants are now plentiful, including Dr Smood, which launched in Wynwood and South Miami in December and is now on a fast track to global expansion. There’s a bit of mindful-tech, too: A Miami Beach startup uses biofeedback to help you change your state of mind.

Events are multiplying, with Miami’s first mindfulness festival next month and a three-day World Happiness Summit planned for March.

Read the full story and see the photo gallery here.


The Sacred Space opens a mindful world to Miami

For founder Karla Dascal, the $10 million Sacred Space renovation was the culmination of a personal journey into mindfulness and well-being. ‘It’s not for people who need it, it’s for people who want it,’ Dascal says. (Part of the garden area is pictured above.) 



What: Exploring mindfulness in Miami, Modern ŌM and The Sacred Space Miami present Modern Life, a first-of-its-kind festival offering diverse practices to help counter stress and information overload of the modern world. At Modern Life, festival-goers will not only learn how to cultivate conscious living in a high-vibration environment but will also have the opportunity to connect with like-minded doers. The curated program includes activities and workshops across meditation, music, art, fitness, food, entrepreneurship and technology led by some of the most sought-after teachers in the world of mindfulness.

Who: Scheduled speakers include rock-star shaman Alyson Charles; yogi and creator of The Sonic Butterfly Harp, Andrea Brook; Founder of 1111 Vibes, Andrew Clark; founder of Center of the Cyclone, Biet Simkin; MindBodyGreen meditation expert, Charlie Knoles; founder of Creative Insight Journey and life coach, Jennifer Grace; founder of Skanda, Ken von Roenn.

Miami’s community will also share their lessons and passions. Among them: Tony Cho, real-estate developer, will speak on building mindful communities. Ebony Smith, corporate coach, will offer a workshop on mindful leadership. Paul Toliuszis, famed yoga teacher, will discuss Oneness. Michael Capponi, nightlife impresario, will share his deep interest in humanitarianism and mysticism.

When: 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Oct. 15

Where: The Sacred Space Miami, 105 NE 24th St., Miami

Cost: $59-$69 for half-day passes; $109 for full day (prices rise $10 in October)

Tickets/more information: www.modernlifefest.com





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.