With Knight foundation funding, Tech Cocktail launching in Miami

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Author: Nancy Dahlberg
Publisher: Miami Herald
Date: October 1, 2013

Tech Cocktail, a national media company and events organization for startups and technology enthusiasts, will launch in Miami with $150,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the organizations announced Tuesday night at a Tech Cocktail Miami Mixer & Startup Showcase.

With Knight funding, Tech Cocktail will organize regular networking events to bring the Miami startup community together and provide opportunities for learning and growth. This includes speaker forums and competitions where early-stage startups can practice their pitches and gain exposure. They will also connect with entrepreneurs, investors and tech innovators as a way to help scale and improve their work, according to the press release.  At least seven or eight events are being planned for 2014.

Tech Cocktail also will leverage its national online and social reach to tell the Miami startup story. A Miami-based Tech Cocktail staff reporter/community manager will be hired to cover the region and highlight community ventures and activities.  “Tech Cocktail will help drive this momentum, by making it easier for doers and entrepreneurs to connect and build their ideas, while shining a national spotlight on the city’s many startup successes,” said Matt Haggman, Miami program director of the Knight Foundation. Read more here.


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