By Nancy Dahlberg
So we didn’t win Amazon HQ2 – life goes on. This will be a packed week of events and news for #MiamiTech.
1 The Future of Logistics: And why Miami should be talking about it.
LAB Miami Ventures is bringing the Future of Logistics Tech Summitto South Florida this Wednesday. It’s an opportunity to showcase startups from Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, the Northeast, Texas, Chile and London and show them the value of working with local companies in the nation’s No. 1 city for international freight and the gateway to Latin America.
LAB Ventures says this is the first event of its kind focusing solely on how technology is driving rapid, transformative change in the logistics industry. “Our main objective is match-making - helping startups and corporates to find each other,” said Tigre Wenrich, CEO of The LAB Miami and LAB Ventures.
This is the third in a series of Future of events for corporate and startup matchmaking. LAB Ventures took the two winners of the Future of Travel - Daycation and VoyHoy – to the Seatrade conference, and they both netted some cruise line meetings out of that, Wenrich said. “Amadeus for Startups told us on Friday that they are now working with 5 of the 10 companies that presented at Future of Travel.After the Future of Real Estate event, Skylne Robotics raised $3M in new funding and we are currently helping them connect to Miami building owners for potential pilot projects,” he added.
Besides a pitch contest and the networking opportunities, there will be an investors panel and discussions on blockchain technology, digitizing the last mile and autonomous vehicle technology. As part of that one, Brian Wolf, Head of Business for Ford Autonomous Vehicles, will discuss Ford’s pilot projects in Miami.
Here’s who you will see pitching for an opportunity to win nearly $27,000 worth of prizes plus a full day visit to the corporate headquarters of the event’s sponsors, DHL Express and Ryder System:
Octopi- web-based SaaS Terminal Operating System (TOS) made for small to medium cargo terminals to easily track their containers/cargo and manage operations (Miami, FL, US).
SmartHop- autonomous agent for truckers to plan, search, and book loads (Miami, FL, US).
ZigZag- helps retailers, carriers and 3PL’s manage returns globally (London, England).
Kinetic- develops wearable devices to reduce workplace injuries for the industrial workforce (New York City, NY, US).
Odyn- combines low-cost pallet tracking and AI-powered analytics to help manufacturers decrease working capital and increase synchronization in all levels of the supply chain (Somerville, MA, US).
SimpliRoute- helps transportation and last mile companies to reduce their logistics costs up to 30% with a powerful route optimization engine and machine learning modules (Santiago, Chile).
Shipit- the easiest way for an eCommerce to scale the logistics of their shipments with a comprehensive fulfillment solution (Santiago, Chile).
ReturnRunners- on-demand return service for clothing and unused items (Chicago, IL, US).
Nuve- revolutionizing how asset protection and monitoring is done in an Internet of Things world (Austin, TX, US).
AxleHire- the most innovative last-mile platform providing companies B2C shipping services with increased transparency and top service quality (San Francisco, CA, US).
More info: www.futureoflogistics.miami
2 Startup Guide launches at Venture Cafe – and you are invited.
Startup Guide, founded in 2014 in London, has jumped across the pound. The company has been producing guides in Europe and most recently published one on New York’s startup ecosystem. These guides showcase top startups and community builders in the startup ecosystem as well as serve as a guide for Miami newbies on navigating the Magic City and finding resources. With support from the Knight Foundation and SAP Next-Gen, and under the local direction of Allison Lubarsky, Startup Guide is announcing the release of Startup Guide Miami on Thursday night, Nov. 15, at Venture Café. Join their launch party and connect with the startup scene.
3 TheVentureCity holds a party to unveil its new offices and here’s some news about their founders.
Finish out the week celebrating the launch of TheVentureCity’s new Miami Little Havana Campus on Friday. TheVentureCityis an accelerator and venture fund that has invested in startups from Latin America, Europe, Africa -- and Miami. It also holds a number of educational events and talks open to all. But on Friday it’s time to celebrate. Part of the launch party will be an interactive expo showcasing just some of the many startups TheVentureCity works with, including Glamping Hub,Boatsetter,Stayfilm, Daycation, 1Doc3, Woom Fertilityand The Fastmind. Register and find more details here.
TheVentureCity’s founders Laura González-Estefaniand Clara Bullrich and fund partner Mónica Simó Black were selected for LAVCA’s listing on “Top Women Investing in Latin American Tech.” LAVCA is a prominent association for private capital investment in Latin America.