Startup Grind South Florida Tech Live!

Apr 6, 2022, 10:00 PM – Apr 7, 2022, 1:00 AM

Ft. Lauderdale

CIC Miami, 1951 NW 7th Ave #600, Miami, 33136

The Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami chapters are joining forces to host our first in person event in 2 years. Join us for our entrepreneurship celebration, featuring a fireside chat with MURAL CEO Mariano Suarez-Battan, an announcement by SG CEO Derek Andersen and complimentary refreshments. Support your favorite startup during our pitch contest for the ultimate Conference Prize Package.

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About this event

Right on time for Miami Tech Week, the Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami chapters are joining forces to host our first in person event in 2 years. Join us for our Florida entrepreneurship celebration featuring a dynamic fireside chat with MURAL CEO Mariano Suarez-Battan and a special announcement by Startup Grind CEO Derek Andersen. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers while networking with South Florida movers and shakers. Participate in our fireside chat and support your favorite startup during our pitch contest for the ultimate "Conference Prize Package" and a Special Giveaway from our Corporate partners American Express. 

Event Experience:

  • Complimentary Cocktails
  • High Caliber Networking
  • Fireside Chat with MURAL CEO Mariano Suarez-Battan
  • Special Announcement by Derek Andersen
  • Thrilling Pitch Contest 
  • Special Giveaway from our Corporate partners American Express
  • Attendee Giveaway 


MURAL’s mission is to inspire teams to connect and innovate, while bringing purpose and intention to the craft of collaboration.

MURAL created the Collaborative Intelligence System™ to power cultures of effective collaboration where everyone is connected, contributing, and empowered to deliver business-driving outcomes.

Founded in 2011, MURAL is a leading innovator in visual collaboration for hybrid, remote, and distributed teams. We believe in what we build, and our team of more than 900 “MURAListas” around the world collaborate in the MURAL® app. Our values guide our intentionally inclusive product and culture, which includes collaboration design education and a flexible monthly stipend for learning, wellness, and coworking.

MURAL has raised $200M to date and is growing rapidly to fulfill our mission. The company is trusted by 95% of the Fortune 100, including innovative teams at IBM, Intuit, GitLab, Microsoft, and Atlassian.

About the Startup Pitch Contest
Our esteemed judging panel composed of prominent South Florida Startup Community members will select a total of 5 Startups out of a pool of 10 semi-finalists pitching for 2 minutes each to win the Conference Prize Package. The application link is here:

About the "Conference Prize Package"
The "Conference Prize Package" includes complimentary tickets to Bitcoin Unleashed the Bitcoin Conference, Startup Grind Global, and Emerge Americas for the 5 winning Startups Founders/Co-Founders.

About Bitcoin Unleashed April 5th & 6th
Join us for Bitcoin Unleashed, a two-day event (yes, IRL) offering a wide range of Bitcoin-focused programming. Speakers include: Zuby, Sarah Satoshi, Meltem Demirors, Muneeb Ali, Udi Wertheimer, and more! Sessions include live demos, technical workshops, keynote speeches, parties, panels, and discussions on everything from DeFi to decentralized gaming, NFTs, and more.
The event will be an incredible environment for cross-collaboration, where people from all ends of our ecosystem can come together to lay the groundwork for Bitcoin innovation. 

About the Bitcoin Conference April 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th
Bitcoin 2021 was the biggest Bitcoin event in history with a sold-out crowd of 12,000 attendees. In 2022, Bitcoin Week will bring together over 35,000 Bitcoiners from around the world, as we ALL work together to accelerate hyperbitcoinization.

About Startup Grind Global 2022 April 12th & 13th
Overall, 15,000 community members both live and online will come together to learn about and explore the next wave of the web, bridging the gap between web2 and web3, building human-centric products, impacting diverse communities, and more. Whether in Silicon Valley, in your local community, or online, we can’t wait to see you there!

About eMerge Americas April 18 & 19th
At eMerge Americas, we’re transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas by partnering with the entire tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem, from government to higher-ed, startups to investors, corporate enterprises to media. We’re connecting the dots – between talent, capital and entrepreneurs. And we’re telling – and amplifying – the stories of how Miami is transforming. We’re attracting the best and the brightest from around the world to come to Miami to launch, build, and successfully scale their ideas. We believe Miami can serve as a gateway to the Americas and help bridge divides while fueling innovation and building out a sustainable, diverse and inclusive ecosystem.

About American Express
As you grow from one stage to the next, you need a financial services company who can offer a wide-ranging, flexible suite of business tools and benefits that evolve with you and your business. Whether you’re just starting out or scaling to new heights, a dedicated partner like American Express can provide you with the long-term support and resources.
Our Corporate Program for Startups* provides you with powerful backing and working capital, plus all the benefits, business tools, and guidance that comes with American Express. From idea to IPO and beyond, we’re with you for the long haul. To Learn more, visit

About the Attendee Giveaway
We did not forget about our amazing members. Checked-in attendees that are present for the Attendee Giveaway will be given the opportunity to win fabulous prizes including a few free Conference tickets.

Our thoughts are with Ukraine
What is currently taking place in Ukraine is an absolute tragedy. Startup Grind HQ has connected with our Ukraine Chapter Directors to ensure their safety. Oleysa , the Chapter Director of Dnipro, Ukraine has shared this newsletter with various resources if you wish to support. Read it here.

COVID 19 Precautionary Measures
You must agree to abide by all local, state, federal COVID protocols in effect at the time of the event or conferences while participating.
Do not attend if you:
  1. are showing COVID-19 symptoms such as, but not limited to: fever or a feeling of fever (chills, hot-cold), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, sore throat or headache, loss or change in smell or taste.
  2. have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days.
  3. are unable to comply with the Covid-19 travel requirements of the venue.
  4. are under any self-quarantine orders.
You may be asked to leave if you are showing any of these symptoms. Although not required per Florida law to enter the event, we strongly recommend you are vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending the event. 

Check out what happened


  • Mariano Suarez-Battan


    Co-founder & CEO

  • Derek Andersen

    Startup Grind

    Founder & CEO


  • Regina Thompson

    Florida Atlantic University, Innovation and Business Development

    Assistant Director of Strategic and Economic Initiatives

  • Pedro Sostre

    WeWork Labs

    Miami Labs Manager

  • Roxette Irvine

    Founder Institute


  • Juan Montoya



  • Wai Lee

    Millicom International Cellular

    Global Head of Enterprise Service Delivery

  • Tangy Frederick

    Cre8tive Devs Software





April 6 – 7, 2022
10:00 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


10:00 PMWelcome & Networking
11:00 PMFireside Chat
11:25 PMAudience Q&A
11:30 PMSpecial Address
12:00 AMPitch Contest
12:50 AMGiveaway & Farewells


  • Marc Lissade

    Startup Broward

    Executive Director

  • Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland

    Startup Grind Miami


  • Joan Zhang

    Nex4Growth/Startup Grind

    Director/Miami Co-Director

  • Eric Gaines

    Startup Grind



  • Marc Lissade

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Jason Dukes

    Captains Chair Coaching


  • Eric Gaines

    Startup Grind


Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


Startup Digest South Florida logo

Startup Digest South Florida

FAU Tech Runway logo

FAU Tech Runway

Startup Broward logo

Startup Broward

Founders Boost South Florida logo

Founders Boost South Florida

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