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".
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 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
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 April 11th & 12th
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 18th & 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 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:
Co-founder & CEO
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.
Derek Andersen is the Founder & CEO of Startup Grind, a 400,000 person entrepreneurial community with 200 chapters in 85 countries run by more than 1,000 volunteers. Startup Grind's mission is to help every entrepreneur in the world. It's core values are giving before you take, helping others first, and making friends. Derek Andersen spent four years in product management at Electronic Arts working on games like The Godfather, Burnout, The Sims 3, and Mirror’s Edge. He left EA in 2009 to start Vaporware Labs, a product incubator which mostly failed but built products including Commonred which was acquired by Income.com in 2012, and Startup Grind. After running Startup Grind as a side project for 2 years, Derek turned his full attention to scaling it from 3 chapters to 200 chapters today. In 2015 Startup Grind will host 1,200 events for 75,000 entrepreneurs. He currently lives in Palo Alto, California but has lived eight years outside the U.S. in France, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.
FAU Innovation and Business Development
Miami Labs Manager
Regina (Gonzalez) Thompson is the Innovation Programs Manager for FAU’s Innovation and Business Development pipeline under the Division of Research. After earning her Bachelor's in Theatre at the University of Central Florida, she moved to New York to pursue an acting career. After much soul searching she returned to Miami to began working at 24 Hour Fitness and was quickly promoted to Operations Manager. After a few years in the fitness industry, she went back to school to earn her MBA at Nova Southeastern University. She has been with FAU ever since; mentoring, instructing, creating and planning entrepreneurial programs for students, faculty, staff and community members. These programs include: the FAU Wave Program, the Market Validation Program and the National Science Foundation I-Corps Program at FAU.
"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.
Startup Grind Miami
Startup Grind Miami
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.
Startup Grind Miami Co-Director and Director at Nex4growth where she provides consultancy in strategy ,business development, contractor CFO, Financial Analysis and Business Analysis, focusing on startups and business in transitions. Clients in FinTech, EdTech, micro-housing, and healthcare services.
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.