By Nancy Dahlberg
1 SUP-X: The StartUp Expo announces startup competitors
Drum roll, please …. SUP-X: The StartUp Expo announced the startups that will be participating in its startup competition, culminating at the conference on July 25 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.
The 25 startups include 22 from Florida (16 from the tri-county area) and one each from Washington, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. They are:
Miami – DermaSensor, Zurfers, Arvisl Future, Aware Gen, BioVerse Labs, Citacheck, Hubspring Health, R3v3lation Ads and MyCierge
Fort Lauderdale – Kaizen Tek, Know Wake, Plan Intelligently and The KAT Agency
Boca Raton – Two Degrees and TaGO
Parkland – Vitruvian
Alachua – Red Rovers
Charlotte, NC – Xchange Post
Gainesville – Aha Pure Foods
Orlando – RideSurf, View Stub
Pittsburgh, PA – Cassian Solutions
Seattle, WA – Unbound
Stuart – Community Quest
Tampa - NeuX
The startups will exhibit at the conference and pitch on the event’s pitch stage. Five finalists will be selected the day of the event to compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes. The competition finals will be judged by a panel from Las Olas Venture Capital, Seedfunders and Florida Funders as well as Lil Roberts, the founder of Fort Latuderdale-based Xendoo who won last year’s SUP-X as well as eMerge Americas and this year’s Rise of the Rest. [Read Refresh Miami's Startup Spotlight on Xendoo HERE.]
According to SUP-X’s founder Bob Fitts, the 6th annual conference, presented by TechLauderdale, will have six stages and over 70 panels, speeches, pitches and demos and a startup competition with $25,000+ in cash and prizes.
The event begins with a morning forum called #women4women devoted to female founders, entrepreneurs and investors. Joy Randels, who launched the first of 14 ventures at age 18, will chair and curate the #women4women morning forum, featuring two panels and a fireside chat.
Tickets to SUP-X on July 25 are $29-$299. More information: www.sup-x.org/2019
2 Miami Dade College officially opens Cloud Computing Center
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Miami Dade College officially opened is Cloud Computing Center at the Eduardo J. Padrón Campus last week (pictured above). The Cloud Computing Center will house the College Credit Certificate and Associate of Science degree in Enterprise Cloud Computing in Florida and will allow technology leaders, industry experts and students to engage and learn about leading cloud platforms and receive industry certifications, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, Generation and Microsoft.
“MDC is known for being a leader in higher education offering new and relevant programs to meet the needs of industry,” .said Dr. Malou C. Harrison, President of the Eduardo J. Padrón and North Campuses, in a press release. “The Cloud Computing Center is another great example of MDC’s commitment to student success and industry partnerships.”
Learn more here: www.mdc.edu/cloudcomputing.
3 Another conference – CoMotion – coming to Miami
If you think what Miami needs is another conference, you’re getting one. And even if you don’t, you may find its focus important: Mobility.
Producers of CoMotion Miami announced it will be bringing the conference to Wynwood April 2-3 next year. The producers, also behind CoMotion LA, say Miami-Dade’s diverse transportation and mobility landscape was key in the selection. The event is supported by Miami-Dade County and the Wynwood Business Improvement District.
“Miami-Dade County has opened its doors to mobility innovators from around the country and around the world -- and the pro-business environment of Florida makes the city one of the most dynamic and exciting hubs of new mobility in the world,” said John Rossant, CEO of CoMotion and chairman of the NewCities Foundation, a nonprofit and urban think-tank, in a press release.
The conference aims to convene 500 leaders in industry, government, academics and media. More details will be announced in the coming months. To learn more, visit http://comotionmiami.com
4 Co-living wave keeps rolling
Since we last wrote about co-living startups interested in the Miami market, more South Florida developers are discovering the co-living concept, too. The Sun-Sentinel reports new developments are sprouting up in Miami in Fort Lauderdale that rent-by-the-bedroom, riding the co-living wave. While these furnished units shared by several people have kitchens, unlike communal kitchens and living rooms that pioneering co-living companies feature, they are similar in some ways, providing a turn-key rent option that is more affordably than the classic studio or one-bedroom without the hassle of finding roommates. Just as Sheldon on Big Bang had his roommate rules, these places do too, including a way to “divorce” your co-living partners. The Sun-Sentinel writes that one of these developers, Property Markets Group, is offering turn-key rent-by-the-bedroom units in high-end apartment towers for about $1,340 a month. While that sounds high, it’s sure better than $1,200 for a bunk bed in San Francisco!
Have a great holiday weekend.
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