With all the entrepreneurship events this month, it may have been easy to overlook the other startup developments happening around South Florida.
Here is just a taste of the most recent developments, proving that startup news didn’t take a holiday. Read more about all of these developments on The Starting Gate blog on Miami Herald.com/business.
• Focus on healthcare: A new healthcare-tech accelerator will be opening next year at the University of Miami Life Science & Technology Park. The first class is planned to start in May, and Project Lift Miami, which is also backed by the UM Miller School of Medicine, is taking applications. For more information, go to www.lift1428.com/projectlift.
• Learn about what’s going around you: MapYourStartup.com last week launched a new feature that allows you to search for events by location, date, category or price. It also announced two university partners: Florida International University and the University of Florida.
MiamiTech.org recently added a news aggregation feature that allows you to see at a glance all the South Florida startup news from Starting Gate, Startropica, Geeky Beach and other sources.
• Launch news: Indira, a wedding fashions company that recently moved its business from New York to Little Haiti, launched its website, Indiracollection.com. The week before, LiveNinja.com, a platform to search and book live video sessions with experts in all kinds of fields, also launched its site and announced completion of a $500,000 seed round with local angel investors. Both companies presented at the recent AVCC and Indira will be part of Launch Pad Tech’s Community Program. Last week, a team of four entrepreneurs that includes Izzy Kirsh of Miami Beach is hoping Airport Chatter, its new free app designed to make airport travel more enjoyable, begins flying out of the iTunes store. Who’s launching next?
• A super moment: .CO Internet announced it will again take its message to more than 100 million people in a Go Daddy-.CO Internet commercial during the Super Bowl. “We’re going to inspire people to seize the moment – to actually launch their big ideas online,” said Juan Diego Calle, CEO and co-founder, without revealing more about the plotline.
The Starting Gate also brought you guest posts on Pinterest, the winners of the AVCC, HackDay and the AT&T Mobile App Hackathon, highlights of Innovate MIA, details on FAU’s business plan contest and more. To keep up with what is going on, follow me on Twitter @ndahlberg.
Happy holidays to all.