Kicking off the season of the startup, the NewME Accelerator rolls into town next week, bringing along some of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest. It’s all part of its PopUp Accelerator Nov. 12-14 at LAB Miami in Wynwood.
With help from the Knight Foundation, the San Francisco-based accelerator will bring in venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from California to offer one-on-one coaching sessions and provide pitching workshops to South Florida’s entrepreneurs, and the event concludes with a demo night competition offering $25,000 in prizes and a space in NewME’s three-month program. Although NewME specializes in programs for underserved communities of minorities and women, the PopUp is open to all.
Read more about this three-day event on the Starting Gate blog and buy tickets at http://newmemia. eventbrite.com/
NewME’s visit will be the first of more than a half-dozen high-profile events bringing in tech thought leaders and startup stars this fall. Read more on our blog about WebCongress, a big digital marketing event from Spain coming to the University of Miami Nov. 29-30. Then there’s HackDay Dec. 8-9, which just announced a $50,000 prize pool and some interesting twists to encourage startup creation. HackDay, Wayra, Telefonica’s accelerator in markets all over the world, Endeavor, the global nonprofit promoting high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and FIU’s Americas Venture Capital Conference join together for the region’s first Miami Innovation Week in mid-December. Watch Starting Gate for more on all the upcoming events.
In other entrepreneurship news last week:
• Global Internet radio provider Senzari of Miami acquired Berlin-based Disco Volante, creator of mobile music service wahwah.fm. Senzari, backed by $4 million in funding, is a streaming catalog of more than 10 million songs, available in Brazil, Spain, Britain and the United States. Senzari Germany is already working on the first mobile version of Senzari, due to launch in the coming months.
• A South Florida mompreneur was one of 11 small business women nationwide honored as part of the Huggies MomInspired Grant Program. Natalia Ortiz of Miami received $15,000 to help fund her business growth. Ortiz founded Two Hippos LLC, which creates and produces practical and stylish products for kids. These include the Wall Bumpi bed rail bumpers, the Cot Buddy cot mat, and the Monster Buddy body pillows for kids.
Starting Gate also welcomes community views. Tom Ordonez of Aerostock.co in Miami laid out four calls to action for the Miami tech community, and then attracted lots of spirited responses in the blog’s comment section. Check out his guest post and other news on Starting Gate on Mia miHerald.com/business and follow me on Twitter @ndahlberg.