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January 31, 2016

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida Feb. 1-7

Design Thinking Miami: This master class will provide a thorough overview of usability testing, teach you how to conduct a user testing study and highlight important planning considerations, 6:30 p.m. -9 p.m. Wednesday, WeWork Lincoln Road. More info and tickets: www.designthinkingmiami.com/

Miami FinTech Forum: Village Capital, Citi Community Development and Florida International University present a 2016 Miami FinTech Forum pitch contest, bringing together fintech startup finalists competing for $20,000 in seed funding, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Building.co, 120 SW Eighth St. More info on eventbrite.com.

American Entrepreneurship Award Launch: Daymond John, founder of FUBU and star on ABC’s Shark Tank, will help launch Libra Group’s American Entrepreneurship Award contest, with an opportunity to win $25,000, 11 a.m. Thursday, the Idea Center at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 8, fifth floor. RSVP: theideacenter.eventbrite.com.

Code Art Miami: is a collaboration between Girls Who Code Clubs and CODeLLA, a nonprofit organization teaching coding and tech skills to Latinas from underserved communities. Code Art Miami seeks to inspire more girls to code and to foster community among participating student groups, 4 p.m. Saturday, MAGIC at Miami Dade College, 315 NE Second Ave., first floor. More info: www.codeart.miami.


Raw Shorts, a Miami tech startup offering companies a way to make their own explainer videos, received $1 million in Series A funding from New World Angels, AGP and other investors. Stanford University offers a new resource for Hispanic entrepreneurs including a fellowship program and extensive research initiative. Keep up with this news and more the latest startup news, as well as postings about entrepreneurship events and resources on Starting Gate blog on MiamiHerald.com/business. Email news to ndahlberg@miamiherald.com.

Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg

January 30, 2016

Daymond John to speak at American Entrepreneurship Award kick-off at MDC Feb. 4


Entrepreneur Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank will hold a fireside chat during the kick-off presentation of the American Entrepreneurship Award (AEA), a new annual award program that provides startup funding of up to $25,000 for entrepreneurs that is sponsored by the Libra Group and the Idea Center. The free event will be at Miami Dade College at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 4.  

The AEA is a business plan competition that seeks to stimulate entrepreneurial spirit through practical support, expert mentorship by industry leaders and start-up funding for America’s most promising early-stage businesses.

John, an AEA celebrity judge, will share with participants about being an entrepreneur the “Shark Tank Way.”  An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, John has come a long way from starting FUBU with $40 to growing it into a six-billion-dollar brand. The founder of FUBU, Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship, and co-star of ABC's Shark Tank is a celebrated pioneer in the fashion industry, best-selling author, branding guru and highly-sought-after motivational speaker.

At the launch event, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet past winners of the Hellenic Entrepreneurship Award, the sister program to the AEA that has been running in Greece for the past four years, and learn how winning accelerated their own entrepreneurial and business success.

Entries can be submitted via an online application, which  opened on The American Entrepreneurship Award website on January 28, 2016. Entries will be due April 29. Winners will be announced in June 2016.

To register for the event, please visit http://aealaunch.eventbrite.com

WHAT:            American Entrepreneurship Award with Daymond John

WHEN:            Thursday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Doors open at 11 a.m.)

                        (Daymond John to speak at 12:10 p.m.)

WHERE:         The Idea Center at Miami Dade College

315 NE 2nd Ave., Building 8, 5th Floor

Submitted by Miami Dade College.

Read past coverage of the American Entrepreneurship Award here.

January 27, 2016

Report: Latino entrepreneurship a $1.4 trillion economic opportunity

By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

The number of Latino-owned businesses have grown nearly nearly 50 times faster than non-Latino owned businesses, yet Latino businesses lag far behind in revenue compared to those owned by non-Latinos. The result is a $1.4 trillion opportunity for the U.S. economy, according to a new report from the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative.

On Wednesday, the organization gathered founders and CEOs of Mastec, Liberty Power, Senzari, Nearpod, Rokk3r Labs and Endeavor Miami to discuss the findings and what is ahead for its new national project that aims to provide industry research and education programs for accelerating Latino entrepreneurs.

“Today the primary engine of growth are Latino business formations. That’s a volume statement. This program is focused on catalyzing the gazelles, the companies that can grow very fast and very big,” Sol Trujillo, chairman of Trujillo Group Investments and a member of the SLEI board, told the group gathered in downtown Miami. “This is a national resource we are trying to build at Stanford.”

The 40-page report, titled the State of Latino Entrepreneurship, found that the average annual sales for a Latino owned business in 2012 was $156,000 versus $573,000 for a non-Latino business. If the average Latino owned business would have generated the same level of sales as the average non-Latino business, they would have had an economic impact of $1.9 trillion versus the actual economic impact of $517 billion. That's a total annual gap of $1.4 trillion that could be added to the national economy, the study’s authors found.

To look at why there is a gap, SLEI interviewed more than 1,800 Latino companies from its proprietary database of 1.4 million Latino business owners. Some commonly cited assumptions about why Latino businesses tend to be smaller – for instance, choice of industries and the type of targeted customer base – were not supported in the data, said SLEI Executive Director Remy Arteaga. The study found no significant difference in the industry distribution between Latino and non-Latino businesses, and 80 percent of Latino businesses sold to both Latino and non-Latino customers, he said.

But the report did find some discernible differences. While Latino business owners said they wanted larger businesses, more than half of the companies were actually growing slowly, stagnant or shrinking. The report pointed out that they were more likely motivated by internal factors, such as their wish to pass on a business on to family members, rather than by external market opportunities.

Also, while nearly 50 percent of Latino entrepreneurs believe additional capital is a key to their future business growth, Latinos were more likely to rely on credit cards and friends for capital than non-Latinos, and more than 90 percent expressed serious concerns that relinquishing equity in their businesses. Trujillo said what’s missing is an understanding of an angel investor network and venture capital. In addition, the research found that the majority of Latino-owned businesses were not familiar with government lending programs such as the U.S. Small Business Administration and the federal Small Business Innovation Research program.

In particular the venture capital industry is overwhelmingly benefiting the non-Latino businesses, with less than one percent of VC funding going to Latino-owned businesses, Arteaga said.

As part of the initiative, Stanford University also launched a six-week Fellows Program for Latino entrepreneurs. In the inaugural program last fall, 78 entrepreneurs participated including several from South Florida. The first cohort included a custom online course by Stanford Professor Huggy Rao, who is an internationally recognized expert in scaling businesses, as well as in-person programs and mentorship, said Demian Bellumio, co-founder of Miami-based Senzari, who participated in the first cohort. Going forward, Stanford plans to offer at least two cohorts a year.

Because timely, comprehensive data has not been available, SLEI plans to continue to expand its 1.4 million-business database and in another 12 to 18 months hopes to provide data on South Florida and other metro regions, Arteaga said. The research will be expanded and revisited annually, and it’s available at latinoei.org.

Added Trujillo: “We want to take this data to VCs and say here’s the data, open your eyes, you are missing a huge opportunity.”

Nancy Dahlberg; 305-376-3595; @ndahlberg.

South Florida fintech startups invited to compete at Temenos’ series of innovation events

Temenos, the market-leading provider of mission-critical solutions to the financial services industry, has announced its investment in creating various platforms that will allow fintech companies and start-ups to pitch their products and solutions to the world’s largest financial institutions.  

“The Fintech Innovation Jams provide a unique opportunity for us to engage, identify and partner with the hottest fintech companies in the world. Through the Temenos MarketPlace, fintechs get access to the more than 2,000 financial institutions running our software, who serve more than 500 million banking customers. Our clients in turn get access to cutting-edge innovation, making it a true win-win situation,” said Ben Robinson, CMO for Temenos. He added that “Latin America is a region bubbling with technology innovation and we are excited to help propel fintech to the forefront as a sector with great opportunities for innovative entrepreneurs.”

The series of events will include demo presentations from fintech companies and startups showcasing their innovations to Temenos’ world class banking customers. It will also include presentations from various thought leaders providing insights to the opportunities that market disruptive forces offer to innovative companies, including a feature presentation from financial disruption guru and best-selling author, Brett King.

Fintech companies and startups can register for a demo slot by January 29, 2016 (subject to the rules of entry) and compete for an opportunity to win a place in the Global Innovation Jam finals taking place at the upcoming Temenos Community Forum (TCF) in Barcelona, in May 2016.

About the series:

-           March 10, Miami

-           March 22, Singapore

-           April 6, Dubai

-           April 13, London

The Miami Innovation Jam will take place at The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Each demo will last for 7 minutes and the audience will vote to choose two winners at the end of the event.

For more information, visit the Innovation Jam Miami page.

- Submitted by Maria L. Mancuso, FinTech Americas 

January 26, 2016

New World Angels goes long with Raw Shorts, leads $1 million Series A round

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By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

New World Angels has closed an investment in Raw Shorts, a Miami tech startup that enables users to create customized explainer videos. The Boca-Raton based NWA led the $1 million Series A financing round, joined by prior investors in the company, Mosley Ventures of Atlanta, and members of Accelerated Growth Partners angel group in Miami.

Raw Shorts will use the funding to make key hires in product development and marketing in order to “scale the business that we know works and take the product from early adopter to early majority stage,” said the company’s CEO and co-founder Antonio Otalvaro (pictured above).

Explainer videos have boomed in popularity, but many businesses find them difficult and expensive to produce. Raw Shorts created an easy-to-use drag and drop explainer video builder that allows business users to make their own videos. The video builder has already been used by 150,000 businesses, and the company closed out 2015 with its highest quarter yet in terms of revenue and new accounts, Otalvaro said. He and his technical co-founder George Estrella have worked together for more than a decade on a number of prior startups.

“We’ve been impressed with Antonio’s accomplishments thus far, building out a very user-friendly tool that produces a high quality explainer video in mere minutes,” said Rhys L. Williams, co-founder and president of New World Angels.

“In addition to an exceptionally talented management team, the capability of the company’s product offering to provide scale and mass for its users is absolutely breathtaking. These factors are what initially attracted us to the Raw Shorts investment opportunity,” added Randy Wood, the NWA member who led the investment effort. Wood, a co-founder of Fort Lauderdale-based Citrix, will join Raw Shorts’ board.

Raw Shorts, housed in Miami’s Venture Hive incubator, has raised $1.35 million in total, and most of it through a supportive local ecosystem, said Otalvaro. “Venture Hive was the first to believe in us. We were an example of a company that came in with just a solid idea and a team,” Otalvaro said. As part of Venture Hive’s inaugural accelerator class in 2013, which came with a $25,000 grant, Raw Shorts worked on its business strategy and its investor pitch. After that, it received a seed investment from Miami Innovation Fund, which later led to Mosley Ventures of Atlanta investing, and now AGP and NWA, said Otalvaro.

NWA, an organization of about 60 members, funds early-stage companies based in Florida. With chapters in both South Florida and Tampa Bay , NWA typically invests $600,000 to $1.5 million as lead investor or co-investor. The organization also often makes subsequent investments in companies it funds.

In the past two years, NWA has invested in six new deals and six follow-on rounds. Along with Raw Shorts, NWA most recently led a $1.1 million investment in TAO Connect Inc. (TCI), a St. Petersburg-based company that has pioneered a Therapist Assisted Online integrated treatment platform of evidence-based tools for providing online mental health treatment. TCI, a startup from the University of Florida’s Innovation Hub, is initially focused on serving the needs of college students who suffer from depression and anxiety.

Nancy Dahlberg; 305-376-3595; @ndahlberg

Dawn Dickson a finalist for SBA’s InnovateHER Business Challenge

DawndicksonDawn Dickson, founder and CEO of Flat out of Heels, is one of 10 finalists of the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition on March 17 presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Dickson’s Miami Beach-based companies makes and sells rollable ballet flats that can easily fit in a purse -- a convenient way for women to relieve stiletto sore feet on the go.

An executive committee of SBA officials reviewed more than 180 semi-finalist nominations and selected 10 finalists whose products and services best met the competition criteria and presented the greatest potential for success. The semi-finalists were chosen at more than 200 local competitions across the country hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA’s resource partners and other local community organizations and involving more than 1,000 entrepreneurs.

These 10 finalists are invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge during Women’s History Month in Washington, D.C., where they will pitch their businesses to a panel of expert judges for an opportunity to win $70,000 in cash and prizes from Microsoft.

For more details on the competition and the other finalists, visit www.sba.gov/innovateHER.


January 25, 2016

Tech Talk: ClassPass co-founder's journey from the Big Apple to the Magic City


By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

Mary Biggins co-founded ClassPass, a fast-moving New York-based company that lets fitness enthusiasts pay one monthly fee to gain access to multiple specialized boutique fitness studios.

Launched in June 2013, ClassPass now has more than 200 employees and serves 37 markets around the world, including Miami, and most recently, Australia. It offers classes at 10,000 studios from the big names to small boutique neighborhood spots and has booked more than 10 million class reservations.

It’s also a venture capital darling, having raised more than $80 million in financing from Google Ventures and other firms.

So what is she doing in Miami? Not taking a vacation on South Beach, although she probably deserves one. Biggins is starting another company — but this time, it’s based in South Florida.

Along with co-founder Katie Ghelli, she launched MealPass this month in its first market, Brickell, with 50 restaurants, such as American Social, Grazionos, El Taco Loco, Novecento, Sushi Siam and Suviche. For $99, members can select online and then pick up a meal from a curated list of nearby restaurants each weekday, which works out to $5 a day if used daily. They can choose from dozens of choices such as veggie pizza, a tuna wrap, zucchini quiche or chicken teriyaki, among the offerings on one recent day.

MealPass creates efficiencies for restaurants because they will get all their orders by 9 a.m., Biggins said in an interview before the big launch day. Customers pick them up in a special line, so there’s no wait, and they will know exactly what they are getting because the photos on the website were taken by professional photographers and include detailed descriptions.

Now a team of 10, MealPass works out of Building.co, a shared workspace in Brickell. Fellow co-workers were beta testers. “We’ve been eating really well and a lot of it,” Ghelli said. “Somebody’s got to do quality control — we willingly take that on.”

Biggins and Ghelli said they expect to be launching in a lot of markets in a short period of time, including New York and San Francisco, similar to ClassPass.

Why Miami? “There’s a lot of opportunity. We see it as an interesting place to test ideas. Brickell is like a New York but on a smaller scale,” Biggins said. And yes, she also wanted to experience living someplace warm.

She began spending time in Miami last spring and found a good tech scene and less competition for talent than in New York or San Francisco. One of the first people she met here was Melissa Krinzman, co-founder of the Miami-based early-stage fund Krillion Ventures. Krillion is now an investor in MealPass.

At a Citi Fintech Meeting last week about women in technology co-hosted by the monthy meetup organization Refresh Miami and held at WeWork, Biggins shared more about her ClassPass journey — how the team went from 35 paying customers the first month (“I am pretty sure I knew 30 of them,” she said) to more than 1,000 customers and a $100,000 recurring revenue run rate in just six months. That is also about the time they began to get investors on board.

She said her experience at Vistaprint and Betterment helped prepare her for the startup life. Here are a few of the lessons learned with ClassPass that she shared at the Citi event:

* Don’t build too much technology until you have extensively tested the business model. At ClassPass, that meant doing many, many tasks less efficiently by hand, but if the company had spent time and money building out the technology at the beginning, it would have been wasted because of the numerous iterations.

* Spend on marketing, but with every channel, test, test, test. Try out different versions of ads and content to figure out what moves people to buy your product. “Once you find it you’ll know you found it. But until you find it, it could be crickets,” she said.

* Learn to sell, and the secret is it’s 99 percent listening. When ClassPass was pitching studios, it listened to what features they wanted and added them constantly, she said.

At ClassPass, Biggins transitioned from an operational role to an advisory role this past summer. She knew it was time.

“I love building things and launching things, and I have a lot of ideas,” she told the full house at the Citi event. “ClassPass has a great team in place, it’s on a great path, it knows what it needs to do.”

But she loves the startup challenge. “You don’t do that in the same way when you are a 200-person company,” she said. “You’re either a builder or an optimizer, and you need to know that about yourself.”

Nancy Dahlberg; 305-376-3595; @ndahlberg

January 24, 2016

Despite the naysayers, Miami continues to rise

BRACKEENBy Brian Brackeen

I have read a few negative articles lately, and I detect a simmering vibe from the naysayers that our collective work here in Miami is not where it should be. I wholeheartedly reject the idea that Miami’s innovation economy is anything but excellent. World-Class even, and I don’t apologize for it. 

I think there are a few trends that make Miami special:

Culture, homegrown talent and “brain-gain” are in abundance. 

There was an article recently released that said Miami is not a great innovation economy. It mentioned a few criteria, principal of which was the lack of “major, world-ranked institutions that have played a big role in terms of churning out some very, very well-qualified, bright people.” 

Don’t fall for that slight, Miami. It’s elitist and disgusting. The idea that “bright people” only can be found at Harvard, MIT and Stanford is thinking of the past. Two factors work in Miami’s favor here. 

  1. Boston, Philadelphia and other Ivy League cities are seeing an immense amount of brain drain to places like San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Miami. These older cities are where a few bright people go to learn, however, they tend not to stay. Like LeBron once did, they bring their talents to South Beach. This brain gain to Sunbelt cities will only continue to strengthen our bench of amazing talent. 
  2. There are cultural reasons that some of our most brilliant minds in Miami don’t apply to Harvard, Stanford, Penn, etc… Here, many young people are working and pay bills in the home and help the family AND go to school. I’ve met so many brilliant students at FIU, UM and MDC who could go to school anywhere, but choose to be close to home. That cultural phenomenon does not exist as commonly in other parts of the US, and as such, you can’t judge Miami in the same way you would judge Cincinnati. 

I once spoke to a young brilliant girl who really loved Kairos and wanted to intern for us, however our internships are unpaid. She said, tearfully, “Brian, in my house, we all pay the bills, the electric bill for the family is my responsibility, other family members have other responsibilities.” That young lady, with her Harvard, pedigree, attends school locally, and after her matriculation will probably stay in Miami. I hope to hire her full-time one day. Her story is not uncommon, and the folks who write these articles who rank cities will never understand her, or us. 

Latin America is a source of funding, talent and trade.

One of the keys to San Francisco’s success is its proximity to Asia, its trading partners in Asia, and its immigrants from there. Sound familiar? Like San Francisco, we have all of Central and Latin America moving here, investing here, buying goods and services here, and are great trade partners. That outside influence is one that cities have. Because of our status as the “Capital of Latin America,” Miami companies think bigger, our staffs are more commonly multi-cultural and multi-lingual, and we have networks and partners who are based here that we can leverage to move into new markets abroad. Add to that, folks like Juha and Johanna Mikkola, who emigrated here from Canada. They started Wyncode at the LAB Miami, and now have three sites, employ a number of Miamians, and are churning out coders for our companies left and right. About 7,000 Juhas and Johannas move to Miami a week. Think about that, how can we not win? 

People have forgotten what made Silicon Valley great. 

Stanford University was not a bastion of entrepreneurship and technical excellence when Robert Noyce (founder of Intel) and team left New York to start Fairchild Semi-conductor in the Valley, New York met the very criteria that the naysayers suggest is necessary for tech growth, The New York area has a league of excellent universities, and had anchor organizations like IBM in 1957. San Jose at the time was mostly fruit farms. 

It was the innovative thinking, and some early angel and venture capital investments, that lead Robert and others to found one of the great achievements  of our time. They INVENTED a semi-conductor market and they INVENTED Silicon Valley as we know it. We don’t need anyone’s help, model, or permission. Miami is already seizing the day on our own terms. We are inventing the next generation of great companies and industries right here, in Miami, in our own way and on our own terms. Just like Bob Noyce and crew. The same naysayers are at it again with Miami, and again, they will be proven wrong. 

Let’s not forget the tenants of disruption and exponential growth.

Our growth curve started low, and accelerated in such a way that it seemed impossible. In fact, Salim Ismail of Singularity University (a recent addition to the Miami scene) has taught us about disruption and how the curve is sharp. It’s hard for humans to understand exponential growth. I’d offer that we are seeing exponential growth first-hand. When I first met Wifi and Danny, at the original LAB Miami, it was an 800 square foot space, with a few dreamers like WIllie Avendano working there at handmade pallet desks. Fast forward a few years later, and I’ve lost count of the co-working spaces and LAB is now 10,000 square feet. WeWork is opening five locations in Miami; their 2nd one is 95,000+ square feet and can hold up to 500 companies. From one to 20+ in 3 years is not logical, it’s not rational, it’s disruptive growth. On average, 7,000 people move to Miami a week, as mentioned, and the majority of them have post-secondary degrees. That’s exponential growth. I welcome each one of them. They are part of the story that writers outside of Miami can’t understand, because they are not exponential thinkers. We are. 

Pattern matching does not work, not with people, and not with ecosystems. 

What we have learned as part of this diversity in tech discussion is that we don’t all have to be Mark Zuckerberg to be successful. Same is true for the innovation economy in Miami. We don’t have to look like Silicon Valley and the cities of the past to be bigger and better than them in the future. Miami is certainly in the top 25 innovation cities in the world. I personally believe it’s in the top 5. Let’s embrace that, and scream it from the rooftops. We are not trying to become a great hub of innovation, we are a great hub of innovation, and now we are growing into being #1. No apologies. 

Brian Brackeen is the founder and CEO of Kairos.com, a San Francisco born, but locally raised Human Analytics company. Kairos uses facial recognition and emotion analysis to help its customers better understand humanity. In 2015 Kairos became an Endeavor company and is proudly based in Miami, Florida. 

January 23, 2016

Code Art Miami: Inspiring girls to code through art

Students, parents, educators and the tech community are invited to Code Art Miami’s inaugural event. It will be hosted at the Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at MDC Wolfson Campus, February 6, 2016.

Code Art Miami is a collaboration between Girls Who Code Clubs and CODeLLA, a non-profit organization teaching coding and tech skills to Latinas from underserved communities. Code Art Miami seeks to inspire more girls to code and to foster community among participating student groups. 

As part of the event, Code Art Miami is sponsoring a friendly competition for girls in grades 4-12. Students submitted digital and 3D-printed art created through coding that will be displayed throughout MAGIC’s facility. Winners will be announced at the event.

 At the event, there will be a short, entertaining speaker program, which will include Mary Spio, founder of Next Galaxy Corp, a Miami-based virtual reality company.  A silent auction will be held featuring unique art and tech-related items. Offerings include two newpieces created just for this event. A painting by world-renowned South Florida native Ahol, and a limited-edition print by London-based artist Ryca. 

There will be a raffle to win a one-week summer camp scholarship at MAGIC for ages 14-19 in animation or gaming and family-friendly MAGICal experiences in the venue’s green screen capture studio and sound recording studio. Net proceeds will fund scholarships for women enrolled in MDC’s gaming or animation program. The goal is to raise $7,000 to fully fund one student for two years.

The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 6th, at MAGIC at Miami Dade College, 315 NE 2nd Ave., 1st Floor. To learn more and reserve tickets, visit www.codeart.miami, or email us at info@codeart.miami. To donate to the scholarship fund, go to www.codeart.miami/donate.

“Women represent only 18% of computer science graduates and 22% of gaming developers. The Code Art Miami event will help increase those numbers. Coding is the language of tomorrow, and we want all girls to feel like they can be a part of the future,” said Maria Mejia, student founder of Code Art Miami.

  Maria Mejia is the founder of the Girls Who Code Club at iPrep Academy and student intern with CODeLLA. She graduated from the Girls Who Code summer immersion program in 2014. Since then, she has worked to expand opportunities for young women in computer science.  Code Art Miami was formed as a result of Maria bringing together local coding clubs at iPrep Academy, the Idea Center at MDC, Pinecrest Branch Library, and CODeLLA. Maria's vision is to make Code Art Miami an annual event that builds community and provides opportunities for South Florida girls interested in coding.

-submitted by Code Art Miami


Entrepreneurship Datebook: Workshops, events in South Florida Jan. 25-31

Tech eggCode for Miami: Join civic hackers coding solutions to make government and the city work better, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Wynwood. More info: TheLabMiami.com

LaunchCode Presents South Florida Speaks .NET: In the first in a series of South Florida Speaks events by LaunchCode, a panel of experienced .NET developers will discuss the many ways Microsoft’s C#-based development framework is used in web development, mobile development and cloud computing, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Building 8, Fifth Floor. More info here.

Brainfood: The speaker series sponsored by Endeavor Miami features Alexandre Hohagen, an investor and advisor and former VP of Facebook Latin America and U.S. Hispanics, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Wynwood. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Latin America Tech Meetup: Learn about how to get into startup accelerators, in a discussion with speakers from YCombinator, StartupMexico and Win Lab Accelerator, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Building Co, 120 SW Eighth St. More info on Eventbrite.

#WaffleWednesday: Members of Miami’s creative and tech communities are invited to the LiveNinja office in Wynwood to hear pitches and announcements from local startups over coffee and waffles, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, LiveNinja, 120 NW 25th Street, Loft #301, Miami. More info here.

Digital Breakfast: Cybertising and Google Partners are co-presenting their second event to discuss Google advertising, webmaster and analytics solutions and opportunities to ramp up your online presence and ROI, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. More info on Eventbrite.

Global Game Jam: GameTrep hosts a 48-hour Global Game Jam in Miami, bringing together gaming developers, artists, writers, students and industry leaders, Friday through Sunday, Cidy Desk co-working center, 350 S. Miami Ave., Miami. More info here.

Daymond John: The ABC Shark Tank star and founder and CEO of FUBU will be discussing entrepreneurship and his new book, The Power of Broke, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. More info here.


Keep up with the latest startup news, as well as postings about entrepreneurship events and resources on Starting Gate blog on MiamiHerald.com/business. Email news to ndahlberg@miamiherald.com.

Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg