The new Launch Pad Tech Accelerator is accepting applications for its Community Program. The 25 companies selected will receive free structured programming and mentoring and low-cost work space and do not have to be in the three verticals (tourism/hospitality, healthcare and creative) as required by the accelerator. Apply by Nov. 23 at http://launchpadtech.co/community.
Meanwhile, Launch Pad Tech is evaluating its more than 125 applications for its accelerator and will announce its first class in coming weeks. Forty percent of the companies that applied were from outside the United States, says Launch Pad Tech founder Susan Amat. The program will run from mid-January through mid-April.
Attention, bootstrapping champs: Books & Books, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, F lorida International University and The LAB Miami have teamed up to host The $100 Startup Competition. Inspired by the bestselling book by Chris Guillebeau, the contest challenges South Florida entrepreneurs to enter ideas for businesses that can be launched with $100.
To enter, applicants must complete a short questionnaire. Finalists will be invited to pitch their $100 startup ideas in front of judges at a public event at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Small Business Saturday Nov. 24. The most promising ventures will be funded and additional prizes will be awarded. Apply by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at http://100dollarstartup.co/.
The startup ecosystem is actively looking to hire more than 100 people right now. That’s one of the findings on MapYourStartup.com, a website that lets you map your company (more than 150 so far), coworking space (there are 10), organization and more. Register your startup, then read Nortberto "Tito" Gil's post with more interesting trends related to who registered. On The Starting Gate blog, there are more views — one all the way from Boston — on building a vibrant tech community.
What do Kofi Annan and Steve Wozniak have in common? They’ll both be in South Florida this week speaking at the Americas Business Council (abc*) Foundation’s Continuity Forum focused on social entrepreneurship, along with Chris Hughes of the New Republic, Cesar Conde of Univision, Jessica Jackley of Kiva.org, explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau and many others. More than 30 social entrepreneurs from around the hemisphere will also be presenting their ventures, competing for funding for their projects. Along with the abc*, Michelle Villalobos’ Women’s Success Summit is bringing a packed agenda to Miami Tuesday and Wednesday and the NewME PopUp Accelerator program rolls in to Wynwood Monday through Wednesday.
Watch for reports on these events and more on Starting Gate and follow me on Twitter @ndahlberg.