Miami's first Open Coffee Club attracted more than 50 people this morning for a little networking before the day started. Hosted by FIU's Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and MapYourStartup.co at Pipeline Brickell, the Open Coffee Club will now be a regular fixture on the startup scene, happening every three weeks.
There were mentors there providing one-on-one sessions for those who wanted them -- Marco Scanu, business coach at 345 Group; Ricardo Weisz, angel investor and founder at Northvest; and Xavier Gonzalez, executive director of eMerge Americas -- but for the most part the purpose was networking and follows one of the recommendations in Brad Feld's book, Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecoysystem in Your City. At the event, I spoke to several people who were new to the area and came because they wanted to learn more about the tech scene. I also met several people I didn't know before and set a date to talk more -- for me, that makes it a worthwhile, successful event.
Future Open Coffee Clubs will move around the area and include different mentors. The second one will be Aug. 1 at RightSpace2Meet in Coral Gables and the third one will be Aug. 22 at The LAB Miami in Wynwood. Check out the Miami Open Coffee Club on Facebook.
Try as you might, if you just aren't a morning person, there are other regularly occurring networking events forming around lunchtime and happy hour. Read about them in an earlier post here.
Photos provided by FIU Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.