LiveNinja — now a team of six in Wynwood — launched late last year, has raised $500,000 in seed funding, and recently relaunched on a much more advanced platform. LiveNinja now has more than 1,000 experts on its site, is preparing to release an iPhone app and will soon be able to allow experts to host large group sessions and webinars on the site.
Eleven companies in total pitched to a packed house. The semifinalists were all winners too because they were chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants, said organizer Hermione Way of Startup World, a nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship in emerging tech markets. The other semifinalists were: WedWu, clearCI, Fly In Style, Raw Shorts, WeRX, Tabber, Do You Remember, Groupflix, Mobicon and MunchkinFun.
Miami Beach-based SafetyPay recently closed a $7 million round of funding from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. Through its secure payment system, SafetyPay gives people in Latin America access to the lower prices and increased efficiency of online commerce. Led by CEO Manuel Montero, SafetyPay currently has partnerships with 84 banks in Latin America and is active in Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Colombia.
In a region plagued by fragmentation in the past, South Florida seems to be pulling together to build a tech community. Last week, economic development chiefs — CEOs Robin Reiter of Miami-Dade’s The Beacon Council, Bob Swindell of The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Kelly Smallridge of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County and Diane Sanchez of Technology Foundation of Americas, along with other key leaders from their organizations — met to discuss marketing South Florida’s tech businesses and emerging hub and developing a common database for companies, job listings, events and more.
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