Entrepreneurship Datebook: Workshops, events in South Florida Nov. 16-22

Mark your calendars: Global Entrepreneurship Week offers dozens of events, including speakers, panels, networkers, pitch contests, a hackathon and a Startup Weekend. For a more comprehensive listing, see the Starting Gate blog on

FOOD ENTREPRENEURS: All week long, Venture Hive features a series of sessions and breakfast talks by local food and culinary entrepreneurs including Zalmi Duchman of The Fresh Diet, Roger Duarte of My Ceviche and Mike Simon of ginnybakes. For the schedule of all events, go here:

THE DATA REVOLUTION: Manny Medina, founder of eMerge Americas, Terremark and Medina Capital, will keynote the opening GEW ceremony at St. Thomas University, 3 p.m. Monday, Goldbloom Convocation Hall. This will be followed by a Business Leaders Roundtable with Fabrizio Alcobe-Fierro, senior vice president of Univision Networks; Jacqueline Dascal Chariff, chairwoman of Continental National Bank; and Sam Zietz, CEO of TouchSuite, 4 p.m., Goldbloom Convocation Hall. To register, visit

THE BIRTH OF INTERNET TRAVEL: Bob Diener, founder of and, will talk about launching and growing the world’s most successful travel booking website and his decision to sell, in a talk hosted by The Launch Pad at UM, the UM School of Business Entrepreneurship Program, and RefreshMiami, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, University of Miami School of Business Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Dr. Coral Gables. Register:

BRAINFOOD@THELAB: The speaker series features “A Case for Innovation and Scaling Businesses” with Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros Group and board member at Endeavor Miami, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami. Register here:

CREATIVITY, INNOVATION: Ramiro Almeida of MIT’s Media Lab and director of innovation at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College presents a workshop on Creativity, Innovation and Human Centered Design, 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, The Idea Center, Wolfson Campus, Building 8, fifth floor.

THE LAW OF STARTUPS: The Launch Pad and the University of Miami School of Law host a presentation by LegalTech Labs, a Miami-based legal technology incubator, followed by a panel discussion by attorneys in the startup field, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, UM Law School Library, fourth-floor faculty meeting room, 1311 Miller Road, Coral Gables. More info: (click on Events).

CELEBRATING THE VALUE IN FAILURES: A panel discussion with Mike Fernandez of MBF Healthcare Partners, Ivan Rapin-Smith of Watsco Ventrues and Lilia Luciano of CoInspire hosted by Luminary Central and YPA, 6 p.m. Wednesday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St. Tickets:

ECOFEST MIAMI: EcoTech Visions presents a day of eco-friendly living, products, entrepreneurship and community building, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Broadway Place, NW 68th St. and NW 18th Ave., Miami. More info:

CITEE SUMMIT: Digital Grass Innovation & Technology presents the Continuing Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship Education (CITEE) Summit Thursday and Friday at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios. More info:

HACKATHON: CODE2040, a nonprofit focused on driving greater diversity in tech across the country, presents HACK2040 at The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th St., Miami. More info:

STARTUP WEEKEND MIAMI AT FIU: Join a team, build a company in a weekend and compete for prizes, with food and mentorship included, Friday through Sunday, Tech Station on FIU’s Modesto Maidique campus. More info: or on Eventbrite.


The Idea Center at Miami Dade College hosted Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick. Read about it here. Uber also announced it will be launching its ride-pooling service called UberPOOL in the Miami area. The Fresh Diet will be spun off as a separate publicly traded company. Keep up with startup news on the Miami Herald's Starting Gate blog on

Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg