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Endeavor Miami to honor co-founders of Square, Gilt Group

McKelvey Endeavor Miami will honor technology entrepreneurs Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square and founder of LaunchCode, and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founder of Gilt and co-founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD, at its 2nd annual Endeavor Miami Gala on Nov. 18.

The gala will bring together about 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors to benefit Endeavor Miami, said Laura Maydón, managing director. Endeavor Miami is the first U.S. affiliate of Endeavor Global, an organization that accelerates entrepreneurship and fuels economic growth by supporting more than 1,000 High Impact Entrepreneurs running more than 700 companies worldwide. Both McKelvey and Wilson have strong ties to Miami and will share their inspiring entrepreneurial journeys at the event, Maydón said.

The Endeavor Miami Gala on Nov. 18 will take place at the New World Center on Miami Beach. Tickets at $500 can be purchased at EndeavorEvent.com, and proceeds support Endeavor Miami.

Endeavor Miami launched its operations two years ago with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a local board of business leaders. Since then inception, Endeavor Miami has selected a diverse group of high-impact entrepreneurs, and two of those companies – DeliverLean and Ginny Bakes -- were recently recognized in Inc. Magazine’s annual list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.

Alexandra jpegWilkis Wilson is an e-commerce entrepreneur who oversees the mobile app startup GLAMSQUAD, which home-delivers affordable beauty services and has an office in Miami Midtown. Wilson is also an advisor, mentor and angel investor and she is on the board of South Florida-based Perry Ellis International, among other organizations. McKelvey, an inventor, serial entrepreneur, pilot, artist and author, brought LaunchCode, a nonprofit organization that connects tech companies with talented and trained apprentices, to South Florida in the last year.  Inc Magazine named McKelvey one of 15 entrepreneurs to watch in 2015.