Startup Weekend Miami - FIU
Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Tech Station at Florida International University (Main Campus)
Parking Garage 6, Room 100W
11200 8th St SE
No Talk. All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 Hours!
Over the weekend, you will be putting the foundations of a business case, designing and building a product prototype, testing your assumptions with a potential customers, and, on Sunday night, pitch the results of your weekend's work to a panel of amazing judges. What's more, over the weekend, you will have access to startup experts, investors, coaches and mentors there to help you bring your big-ideas to life.
Startup Weekend Miami has a "communication" focus. So your pitch and big idea could include: websites, apps, communication tools, wearables, journalism, PR, big data --essentially any that informs and engages people or groups and provides them information.
Build your entrepreneur skills and mojo and connect with the South Florida tech & startup community.If you are interested in sponsoring Startup Weekend in Miami, you can find more information on our sponsorship page or email firstname.lastname@example.org..
- Catered food - 7 meals total
- Unlimited coffee and refreshments
- Awesome Startup Weekend Miami T-shirt
- Fantastic working space at FIU's New Tech Station
- Discounts for some of the best startup tools - AWS, Sendgrid, Microsoft Azure, etc
- Inclusion in the Global Startup Battle to compete for awesome prizes
- One-on-one direct access to the best startup mentors and coaches in South Florida
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday November 20th
Saturday November 21st
Sunday November 22nd
Dr. Rosenberg has served as the fifth president of FIU since August 2009. A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university’s presidency.
Under his leadership as president, FIU has increased enrollment to almost 54,000 students, improved graduation rates by nearly 10% and hired over 500 new faculty. As President, Dr. Rosenberg has provided leadership to grow the institution’s budget, improve student graduation and retention rates, expand internships for enrolled students, and coordinate FIU’s emergence as a leading producer of graduates in priority national and state areas focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The university has been named as a Carnegie Engaged institution, and has developed path-breaking partnerships with the Miami Dade County Public Schools, JP Morgan Chase, Florida Power & Light and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Research expenditures have grown by nearly 30% to nearly $125 million, and over sixty new student advisers and counselors have been hired for a restructured and expanded student graduation initiative.
Prior to LiveAnswer, Adam founded RushMyPassport.com which was voted #1 by the Wall Street Journal and became one of the largest 24 hour passport expeditors in the world. He successfully exited the business in 2012 to a private equity group.
Over the course of his career, Adam has raised multiple rounds of financing for other startups he co-founded and is a regular speaker in various topics ranging from Government 2.0 to Entrepreneurship. He was invited to speak at the World Bank with Tim O’Reilly after winning 1st prize in a government innovation contest coordinated by President Obama's former CIO, Vivek Kundra. He has also been featured in several publications including Entrepreneur, Forbes, INC and ZDNet for his accomplishments.
With more than 2,000 students, the SJMC offers five undergraduate degree programs (Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, Broadcasting, and Digital Media) and three Master's programs (Spanish-language Journalism, Global Strategic Communications-Public Relations, Global Strategic Communication-Advertising). We started in August 2014 a new online Master's in Global Strategic Communications.
As dean, Dr. Reis oversees all strategic and operational activities for the SJMC, including fund-raising, budgeting, scheduling, hiring, evaluation of faculty and staff, tenure and promotion decisions, program development, curricular changes, accreditation, and event planning, among others.
Previously, Matt was an award-winning reporter for nearly a decade. He worked at The Miami Herald for more than seven years, after starting his journalism career at the Daily Business Review in Miami. Honors include winning the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism. Matt has degrees from Tulane University and Vermont Law School.
Matt currently sits on the boards of Endeavor Miami, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Florida Philanthropic Network and The LAB Miami. Matt also sits on New Leaders Council Miami advisory board, is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and is founding member of TEDxMiami, which has presented programs to sold-out audiences each of the last four years.
Previously, Nico was Chief Executive Officer – U.S. at TECHO until December 2013. Nico’s involvement with TECHO began as a volunteer in 2007 in Buenos Aires when the organization had just begun operations. After four years of consolidating the Argentina team, Nico joined the fundraising team in the US as Director of Development. His focus was to develop continental alliances with companies based out of Miami and New York. He was also in charge of further expanding networking opportunities to high net worth individuals with an interest in Latin America. After one year, he began leading the team as CEO. Under his leadership fundraising doubled and team tripled while assuming new challenges. These challenges were to leverage communicational opportunities, generating strategic partnerships with Universities & other non-profits, and fostering massive and thoughtful volunteer engagement in the U.S.
Author & Chief Popsicle of Feverish Miami | Co-Founder of Code Fever Miami & Black Tech Week
A globally sought after speaker, Hatcher has been honored at the White House as one of the Empact Top 100 Entrepreneurs under 30 in 2011, and in honored as a 2014 White House Champion of Change for STEM Access and Diversity, Featured on the NBC Today Show-Grio’s 100 African American’s Making History, a TEDxMiami and TedxJamaica Presenter and featured on the Cooking Channel, Inc Magazine, Wall Street Journal Japan, Forbes Travel, Entrepreneur, Essence Magazine and Black Enterprise.
Coaches and Mentors
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Miami - FIU team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Florida International University Sponsors
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