• In addition to a packed day of speakers and workshops Friday designed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses, The Entrepreneur Summit, produced by Hispanic Unity, also honored successful South Florida entrepreneurs and business leaders also active in making the community better. Honored as “American Dreamers”:· Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books; Maria Elena Ibañez of Intermark Foods / El Latino Brands;· John Ruffin Jr. of J.D. Ruffin Associates; Remedios Díaz-Oliver of All American Containers; and Stanley, Kenny and Jimmy Tate of Tate Capital. The Entrepreneur Catalyst Award went to Susan Amat, and Alina Villasante of Peace Love World was honored as the Entrepreneur to Watch..
• In Florida Atlantic University’s Business Plan Competition that concluded on Friday with two days of presentations and events, Stadson Technology, led by Mathew Hudson, won the FAU student category, and AspirEDU, an Orlando-based tech company, took top honors in the entrepreneur track, which was open to Florida-based companies and no FAU affiliation was required. Find out the other contest winners here.
If you missed the talk at The LAB Miami in Wynwood on Friday by Silicon Valley entrepreneur, strategist and speaker Salim Ismail about what the next 15 years of tech will took like, don’t worry, there are other interesting discussions coming up.
Investors and business leaders are gathering later this week at a forum hosted by AS/COA and LAVCA to present findings and discuss venture capital in Latin America. The event is private, but you can tune in for the livestream at 6:30 p.m. Thursday: http://www.as-coa.org /live
On April 29, Brad Feld, venture capitalist, TechStars co-founder and author of Startup Communities, will be giving a presentation/book signing at The LAB Miami at 4 p.m. Register here. He is also helping leaders create a road map for building a community here.
On Sunday, April 21, the Miami Chapter of Awesome Foundation will be holding a launch party and information session at The LAB from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Awesome Foundation rewards grants, typically $1,000, to entrepreneurial projects through an easy entry process.
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