SOUTH BEACH TO SILICON BEACH?
South Florida prides itself in entrepreneurship, a region powered by micro-businesses and driven by real estate and tourism. However, technology entrepreneurship has yet to create a robust innovation ecosystem. Recently, we have seen an uptake in high growth technology entrepreneurship. There is a growing community of tech startups and an increasing number of resources to support them, including incubators, accelerators, business plan competitions and financing sources. But, is this enough? The community in South Florida is still microscopic relative to other tech centers. Cities such as Pittsburgh and Washington DC/Northern Virginia are making the transition from an “old” economy to a “new” one. Can South Florida do the same? Should it?
Can South Florida Ignite an Innovation Ecosystem?
What does South Florida need to foster technology entrepreneurship? What will make South Florida an attractive and effective place to start or finance a high- tech business? At this event, come hear the perspectives of thought leaders from academia, government, finance, and tech entrepreneurs as they answer the questions above. Enjoy a networking session prior to the discussion as well as a lengthy Q&A session in which you can contribute your own thoughts and ideas.
- Will Fleming, CEO, MotionPoint Corporation
- Modesto “Mitch” Maidique, Former President, Current Professor and Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Eminent Scholar Chair in Leadership of the Florida International University
- Diane Sanchez, Chief Executive Officer, Technology Foundation of the Americas
- Bob Swindell, President and CEO, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance
- Michael Wasserman, Managing Director, H.I.G. BioVentures
Master of Ceremonies: Jacques Hart, CEo, Roar Media
WHAT: Business education program: “South Beach to Silicon Beach? How can South Florida become a destination for technology entrepreneurship?
WHO: MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida and the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park
WHEN: Networking and Reception: 6:00 p.m. Presentation: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2013
WHERE: University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
SPONSORS: Roar Media , Edwards Wildman, Axxis Solutions, Sciences, LEAD 305,University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park
COST: $30 event registration fee. Registration is limited and available on a first- come, first-served basis.
About MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida
The MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization established in 2003 to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation at the intersection of business and technology. The organization is affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose purpose is to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation around the world. The MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida is actively creating a community of entrepreneurs, product and market innovators from local companies, business managers, investors and corporate leaders by bringing them together in a stimulating, interactive setting. It serves as a resource to help entrepreneurs and innovators address issues surrounding their company’s development. For more information, visit www.mitforumfl.org.
About UM Life Science & Technology Park
UM Life Science & Technology Park provides facilities, infrastructure and interdisciplinary opportunities to foster the development of life sciences, technology and biotechnology innovations. With close proximity to the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, the Miami Health District and centrally situated in the heart of Miami, home to 1781 research institutions and 1991 testing laboratories, the UM Life Science & Technology Park will facilitate access to outstanding resources and create synergies between the University and tenant companies, advancing clinical breakthroughs and benefiting all people.