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".
High Caliber Networking
Fireside Chat with MURAL CEO Mariano Suarez-Battan
Special Announcement by Derek Andersen
Thrilling Pitch Contest
Today, MURAL enables innovation at scale, providing a platform for product strategy and planning, the facilitation of immersive workshops using agile and design thinking methodologies, sales and consulting engagements, and research and design. In July 2021 MURAL closed $50 million in Series C funding, led by existing investors Insight Partners and Tiger Global. Following the company’s $118M Series B round in August 2020, this investment brings the company’s total funding to approximately $200 million and values the company in excess of $2 billion.
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: https://www.f6s.com/conference-prize-package-pitch-contest/apply
The application activates automatically at noon Friday March 25th and deactivates at noon the following Friday April 1st.
10 semi-finalists will be contacted by email on Monday April 4th.
About the "Conference Prize Package"
The "Conference Prize Package" includes complimentary tickets to the Bitcoin Conference, Startup Grind Global, and Emerge Americas for the 5 winning Startups Founders/Co-Founders.
About the Bitcoin Conference
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
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
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 the Attendee Raffle
We did not forget about our amazing members. Checked-in attendees that are present for the Attendee Raffle 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:
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.
Co-founder & CEO
Bevy / Startup Grind
Co-founder & CEO
Mariano Suarez-Battan is a Co-founder and CEO at MURAL, a collaborative intelligence company. He is a serial entrepreneur with an exit to Disney on his resume, an EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2021 Finalist, and an inventor by trade. He is passionate about connecting the next generation of knowledge workers in developing their collaboration design skills, so they can ideate and solve hard problems together.
Florida Atlantic University, Innovation and Business Development
Assistant Director of Strategic and Economic Initiatives
Miami Labs Manager
Regina (Gonzalez) Thompson originally from Miami, Florida, is a first generation American.
She earned her Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies at the University of Central Florida, and her MBA
at Nova Southeastern University. Earlier on in her career, she worked as the Service and
Operations Manager at 24 Hour Fitness and was top three in sales, member retention, and overall
club satisfaction. She realized a passion for mentorship and found herself at Florida Atlantic
University under Innovation and Business Development.
She began managing the FAU Wave program in 2018, an applied research and entrepreneurial
competition for students. Under her management, she increased student engagement, secured a
donor, and expanded student participation in statewide collegiate competitions. As she grew in
her position, she began managing the NSF I-Corps program, a customer discovery-based training
for faculty and student innovators. Regina has also authored, administered, and implemented an
external facing workshop for community entrepreneurs titled the Market Validation Workshop.
Recently, this workshop has been utilized to impact organizational improvement within the Air
Force Technical Assistance Center. Since 2018, Regina has mentored, managed, developed and
instructed entrepreneurial based programs to accelerate and support technologies from faculty,
students, and the community.
"Pedro Sostre is a 3X founder and currently leads innovation and startups for WeWork in Miami. He is a growth focused founder with 20 years of experience in business & marketing and is the author of Web Analytics for Dummies." WeWork Labs is The We Company’s global platform for early-stage startups and forward-thinking enterprise companies. They empower inventive humans and organizations to impact the present and influence the future.
Roxette Irvine is the Director of the Florida Chapter and Global Web3 Chapter at Founder Institute, the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our structured accelerator programs have helped over 6,500 entrepreneurs raise over $1.75BN in funding. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 95 countries, our mission is to empower communities of talented and motivated people to build impactful technology companies worldwide.
Roxette is also the Managing Director at The LAB Miami an entrepreneurship hub located in Wynwood for folks who want to connect with the startup ecosystem through workspace and events. She also does Partnerships for Tatum.io, a blockchain infrastructure company that helps developers build web3 projects faster.
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Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland is Managing Director and Founder of Laspainc. Supporting Small Business Economic Development efforts, business attraction, expansion and retention. International Business Development, Entrepreneurial Training and Development. Providing Capital Access and providing technical assistance and resources to support small business. A career spanning over 30 years furthering local, national, and global entrepreneurial ecosystems.
As an entrepreneurial ecosystem explorer and builder, Marc has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad to study various structures and approaches to supporting and enhancing local entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Believing in supporting entrepreneurs throughout their journey, Marc has organized and facilitated multiple Global Entrepreneurship events, Techstars Startup Weekend and Startup Week, and runs Startup Broward, StartupGrind Fort Lauderdale, FoundersBoost South Florida, Founders Live Fort Lauderdale, Techstars Startup Digest, and the upcoming South Florida Startup organization.
Marc holds dual bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Management with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Advertising, and Computer Information Systems.
Marc calls himself an Innovation Activist, believing that true innovation is not the domain of the few but a human right.
Passionate about promoting awesome people doing amazing things. Grinding daily to help unite the world by connecting people and businesses with internal fortitude and a shared mission to lead our fellow humans to a higher quality of life.
On a quest to enhance the positive social impact that technology is having on our lives. I'm an activist of the entrepreneur revolution empowering people to pursue our full potential. All about utilizing the gifts that we’ve been blessed with to live our best life, together, as a synerjized global community.
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