South Beach To Silicon Beach?

October 15, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
1951 Northwest 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136, USA
MIT Enterprise Forum

South Beach To Silicon Beach?

How can South Florida become a destination for technology entrepreneurship?

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.

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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 MDO Partnersan “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 at Florida International University
  • Diane S. Sanchez, CEO, Technology Foundation of the Americas
  • Bob Swindell, President and CEO, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance
  • Michael Wasserman, Managing Director, H.I.G. BioVentures

Moderator: Andrew Heitner, Founder and Director, Alcon Partners

Master of Ceremonies:  Jacques Hart, CEO, Roar Media

Event Details:

When: Tues., Oct. 15
Networking and Reception: 6:00 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM
Where: Miami Innovation Center, University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136
Registration: $30 event registration fee.
*Registration is limited and available on a first come first served basis.

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