Thrive Seminar, Nelson Foundation will award local entrepreneur $10,000 on Thursday on Miami Beach

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The first Thrive Seminar, designed to expose participants to entrepreneurs who have learned the keys to launching a successful business, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 27 and will feature Daymond John – celebrity entrepreneur, angel investor and host of ABC’s ‘Shart Tank’. John will speak to participants about his personal and life-changing journey as an entrepreneur as well as share his keys to success.

Leading up to the The Thrive Seminar, the Nelson Foundation will hand select three entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses in front of a panel of judges and the live audience. The winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 investment from the Nelson Foundation towards their startup. The panel of judges consists of Brett David, owner of Lamborghini Miami; Bernard Stewart, GM and Vice President of ESPN; Nabyl Charania, CEO of Rokk3r Labs; Will Stute, Angel Investor; and Dawn Dickson, CEO of Flat Out Heels.

The Thrive Seminar is supported by its community partners including The Knight Foundation, Aifos Agency, The Idea Center at MDCC, The Lab Miami, Pinnacle Agency, Digital Grass,, NBC 6, Bobby Blaire, and The Under 40 Group.


The Nelson Foundation’s Mission is to ignite and fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of under-represented communities through investment, mentoring and education. The Foundation’s goal is to promote the continual growth and economic development of new and existing business enterprises at every stage of the entrepreneurial process, from aspiring to emerging to growing to accomplished. For more information contact Al Nelson, Founder & CEO, at or visit