CORPORATIONS AND STARTUPS, PARTNERING FOR GROWTH: Presented by Highnote Foundry in partnership with the Knight Foundation, event includes breakfast, a moderated panel and an open forum, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables. RSVP required: RSVP@highnotefoundry.com.
BITCOIN HACKATHON AND CONFERENCE: This inaugural Miami Bitcoin Hackathon, with prizes of $10,000, $3,500 and $1,000 paid in bitcoins and presented by the tri-county Blockchain Beach, will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 9-11, a week before the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami Beach Jan. 16-18. Info: www.miamibitcoinhackathon.com (free hackathon); btcmiami.com (conference).
STARTUP GRIND: Have a question about early-stage venture capital? Bradley Harrison of Scout Ventures, now with a Miami office, is in the hot seat, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. Fee applies. More info: startupgrind.com/miami.
PIONEERS @ MDC: A conversation with Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of Square and founder of LaunchCode.org, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 14, Idea Center at Miami Dade College Wolfson campus. More info here.
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SMALL BUSINESS EXPO: Free to attend, Small Business Expo brings together thousands of business owners and decision-makers to network, attend workshops and shop from vendors, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15, Miami Beach Convention Center. Info: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/miami.
‘SHARK TANK’ CASTING CALL: As part of the Small Business Expo (information above), there will be a ABC ‘Shark Tank’ casting call Jan. 15. More info: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com/sharktank.
BRAINFOOD: A discussion with Martin Varsavsky, founder and CEO of Fon who has founded seven companies over the course of his career, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 15, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. Fee applies. More info: thelabmiami.com (click on Events).
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Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg