a The powerhouse duo behind
Center (CIC) Miami and
non-proft partner Venture Café
Miami are Natalia Martinez-Kalinina (near left) and
Leigh-Ann Buchanan (far left).
Buchanan, among other things, runs Venture Café’s weekly
gatherings for entrepreneurs and investors over an open bar
and can’t-miss programming. Martinez-Kalinina oversees
CIC Miami, a co-working space for startups—including South
Florida’s only shared wet lab for biomedical startups—and
runs its Latin American engagement program, which has
agreements in fve countries to bring investments to the city.
aFelecia Hatcher is
not only co-founder
of Blacktech Week,
an annual weeklong
conference for minority
and coding camp
nonproft Code Fever. She also runs A
Space Called Tribe, a co-working space
and urban innovation lab that serves
black entrepreneurs in the Overtown
neighborhood. Its venture-capitalist-in-residence program gives black entrepreneurs unprecedented access to VCs.
Growth for jobs
2012 to 2018.
Source: Miami-Dade Beacon Council
s A digital and physical hub for the
local tech scene, Refresh Miami hosts
workshops and speakers for founders all
over town. It’s also a clearinghouse for
jobs, startup news, and events—from
Women in Miami Tech drinks to a Rise
of the Rest pitch competition.
s Founded by husband-and-wife team
Johanna and Juha Mikkola in 2014,
Wyncode was the area’s first coding
boot camp. It now has more than
700 grads—many with no previous
computer-science background—who are
working in over 300 tech companies,
including local players like CareCloud,
Magic Leap, and MDLive.
s The first U.S. outpost of the global
Endeavor Miami doesn’t take equity and
focuses on “scale-ups”—companies with
the demonstrated business traction to
deliver exponential growth—like edtech
COMPANIES TO WATCH
s Papa provides seniors with
“grandkids on demand”—vetted
college students mostly in health
care–related fields—to run errands
or just hang out. Andrew Parker
launched the app in 2018 and plans
to expand beyond Florida, Michigan,
and Pennsylvania in early 2020.
s Boatsetter co-founders Jaclyn
Baumgarten and Andrew Sturner
were Endeavor Miami Entrepreneurs
of the Year in the tech category for
their peer-to-peer boat-sharing
platform, which operates in the
Caribbean, the Mediterranean,
and even the Andaman Sea near
Thailand’s Phuket Island.
s In 2017, Olivia Ramos founded
Deepblocks, which aims to master
the art of closing a real estate development deal. Using A.I. and machine
learning, it provides real-time analysis
of financial and market data in combination with local building codes.
The No. 1 U.S.
metro area in
as of 2017.
Source: 2017 Kauffman Foundation Annual
Survey of Entrepreneurs
Weston-based HR and payroll software
firm Ultimate Software to a private
equity group led by Hellman & Friedman,
for $11 billion (2019).
software maker e-Builder to Trimble,
for $500 million (2018).
Fort Lauderdale–based pet products
provider Chewy to PetSmart, for
$3.35 billion (2017).