Juan Bermudez passionately presented NightPro to investors, telling them about a whirlwind of recent accomplishments for the young Miami company that offers a cloud-based event and management platform for the nightlife industry. NightPro has been working with two of the region’s largest promoters — MMG and The Opium Group — that between the two of them represent a who’s who of nightclubs in South Florida.
Bermudez and his co-founder Francisco Quintero are part of the first accelerator class at the new Venture Hive, and capped off an intense three months last week with The Swarm, the accelerator’s demo day-style event. NightPro was just one of the 14 startups — including six international companies — that presented on Friday afternoon to more than 100 investors and others.
During the past three months, NightPro (Nightpro.co) rebuilt its iPhone and iPad apps from scratch — that will be launching in the next few weeks — and developed a premium version of NightPro that can be customized. It also integrated online ticketing into its platform.
With the help of his mentor, serial entrepreneur Jesus Rodriguez, the NightPro team came away with a better approach for sales and beginning this week will now be going full-throttle on pushing its solution well beyond the local market, said Bermudez. “We have been working with larger companies that want to expand with us in the U.S. and beyond,” including Canada and Europe. In his pitch to investors, he said he needs $400,000 in seed funding to help make it all happen.
Other Venture Hive startups also made their presentations, and then met with investors and showed off their products in private offices set up for them at the Hive. Hair Construction and international companies Tabber and Kimetric all presented global expansion plans. Some announced news: Do You Remember?, a nostalgia company, will be launching its site this week, said founder Michael Gitter.
This has also been a busy time for other South Florida startups:
• Jared Kleinert, a 17-year-old entrepreneur from Boca Raton, is doing something this week he says has never been done before: Launching a company on its own crowd-funding site. Kleinert, a junior at Spanish River High School, will be launching Synergist (www.synergi.st) on Saturday with a social media splash — and hoping to raise $25,000 to fund his company. Synergist is a platform where social entrepreneurs can find other like-minded people, collaborate on projects together and crowdfund their projects. Kleinert plans to use the money to revamp the website and potentially bring on a new team member, Kleinert said. Learn more here: http://synergist.eventbrite.com/
• Guide is a Miami-based startup led by Freddie Laker and Leslie Bradshaw with technology that will turn your online news into video newscasts, complete with an anchor of your choice. It is one of 16 chosen from around the world to present in the Startup Rally at The Next Web Conference Europe Thursday and Friday in Amsterdam. Guide was one of only two startups chosen from the United States; the other one hails from San Francisco and the others are from Europe and Israel.
• New ventures including a boat shoe seller, a health care provider and a social entrepreneurship program built around a café took top honors in the University of Miami’s 2013 Business Plan Competition. The competition winners, honored in an awards ceremony last week took home a combined total of $30,000 in first, second, third and other prizes. Grand prize winners were Category 5 Boat Shoes (undergraduate student category), S.H.H.A.D.E, (graduate student category); and Savory Community Café (alumni category. Find the full list on The Starting Gate.