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Incubate Miami just announced the launch of its third Startup Accelerator program, which will start on September 15, 2011. Applications are now open for the top ten South Florida startups wishing to participate in the proven program that accelerates business growth and culminates in the exciting Demonstration Day showcase on January 19th 2012. Venture Capitalists, Technologists, Marketing and Brand Management Professionals are a few of the mentors already confirmed for the program.
Incubate Miami’s Fall 2011 program follows the successful completion of its Spring program where seven companies participated and graduated.
Following completion of the program, Tedd Bernard, founder of AlmostFamous.com said, “California has Y-Combinator, New York has BetaWorks, Boulder has TechStars, and now AlmosFamous is getting famous by starting out in Miami. The entire community has rallied behind us proving that the market is ripe for entrepreneurship. This was showcased by an attendance of more than 180 people in Incubate Miami’s second ever Demo Day”.
“Miami has always had the talent to be competitive, the Incubate Miami program provides the missing piece to bring the community together to support technology startups in the market with services and investment,” says Marc Billings, Founder of Incubate Miami.
Incubate Miami announced earlier in the year its partnership with the TechStars Network, the internationally renowned startup accelerator model. The increasing national exposure for Incubate program companies is already having impact on the success of the businesses. Entrepreneurs ready to participate in the fastest and most interesting startup program in Florida are encouraged to apply through the Incubate Miami website: www.incubatemiami.com.
About Incubate Miami
Incubate Miami supports emerging science and technology companies in Miami. Founded by Marc Billings, CEO of Digiport, in 2009, Incubate Miami provides multiple layers of support for entrepreneurs. The mission is to accelerate the growth of startups and innovation and to develop a vibrant technology-based community that creates high-skill, high wage jobs in industries that drive the global economy. Incubate Miami is a network member of the TechStars global startup movement. The Incubate Miami program is operated by the Enterprise Development Corporation, the leading organization in South Florida providing incubation programs and assistance for science and technology companies (www.edc-tech.org)
Incubate Miami is located at 200 Southeast 1st Street, Suite 601, Miami, FL 33131. For more information call (786) 220-7145.
Startup Event: Interactive Community & Social Media w/ the CEO of SnapGoods
Starts: 06/16/2011 at 6:00PM
Ends: 06/16/2011 at 9:00PM
950 N.W. LeJeune Road
EFactor Presents: SnapGoods’ founder & CEO, Ron Williams joined with a panel of Miami entrepreneurs will share their knowledge and personal experience on how to start a business, build an online community, and integrate “trusting” social media. Learn why some websites more engaging than others, what key factors yours is missing, and how you can improve it with interactive social media.
Cost: $ 15
Drinks and food will be served.
Registration & information: HERE
Organized by Alexandria Garcia
**Students get a 25% discount by signing up through EFactor EDU, a place where students can find international internships and build their startup! http://edu.efactor.com/snapgoodsmiami
Incubate Miami DEMO DAY SPRING 2011
WHEN: Friday May 6, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
Hyatt Regency Miami
400 S.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Come experience the next wave of new technology companies launching from the Incubate Miami Technology Accelerator Program.
Presenting companies will showcase their new product solutions for the following industries:
The event will provide you with an opportunity to view company presentations and interact with the entrepreneurs and partners of the Incubate Miami Program.
About Incubate Miami:
Incubate Miami is a public/private partnership between Digiport www.digiport.com and The Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida (EDC) www.edc-tech.org that supports emerging science and technology companies in Miami.The selected program companies work with mentors over a 12 week period that culminates in the commercialization of their technologies happening during the Demo Day.
Click on the link below to register or call 786-220-7145 if you have any questions.
Startup Weekend Is Back In Miami! (Register Here)
Startup Weekend isn’t just sweeping the nation, it’s sweeping the globe. Every weekend, cities all over the world are holding exciting and successful Startup Weekends. Checkout the Startup Weekend website to follow the action and be sure to read about the details of the organization and Miami’s local event.
When: May 20-22
50 NE 9th St
Miami, FL 33132
What types of ideas should I be ready to pitch?
Most of the ideas are web-based or mobile applications. Generally, ideas which involve creating a physical product do not work well because you need something to present to the panel on Sunday. If you have any idea at all, we encourage you to pitch it!
How do I pitch my idea?
The pitches on Friday night will be informal (no PowerPoint allowed) and you will allotted 60 seconds to explain your idea. If you would like to sharpen your pitching skills before Friday check out: http://www.slideshare.net/suwvienna/tutorial-startup-weekend-pitch-2324035
Should I be worried about my idea getting stolen?
Startup Weekend pitches are done in an open forum and no non-disclosures will be signed. If you are really concerned about your idea being stolen, by all means keep it private. But remember, it’s rarely the idea that is the winner but the people and the execution behind it.
Does Startup Weekend have any ownership rights to ideas or products conceived at the event?
Absolutely not. Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization and any ownership rights are completely up to the teams and participants. We don’t recommend worrying too much about this during the event – there will be lots of time for that when you take your startup to the next level.
How do we form the teams?
We allow the teams to form themselves. Once the pitches are done we allow everyone to gravitate to the idea they would like to pursue for the weekend. Generally teams of approximately 7 members work best. Feel free to get your friends and colleagues together to put some pieces of the team together in advance, but don’t shy away from adding new people who you meet for the first time. Remember that part of the value is in the startup/founder dating component of Startup Weekend.
How will I know what someone else’s specialty is?
We will have colored coded name tags when you register to denote your specialty.
What time should I get there on Friday?
Try to arrive between 5:30pm and 6:00pm so you have a chance to eat and network with other attendees. We have a lot to do on Friday night so need to get things moving and get you all working!
Do I need to bring a computer?
Yes, make sure to bring a computer- laptops are preferred of course but whatever you need to get the job done. Don’t forget your power source.
Anything else I should bring?
Business cards, and if you have an extra extension cord and/or power strip please bring it. Also, bring a great attitude and a lot of energy!
Cost to participate is $99 and you must buy a ticket to officially become registered. Students can grab a ticket for $49. The cost includes food/drinks to be provided throughout the weekend, along with swag, access to incredible speakers and more… If you register early, you can take advantage of early bird prices of $75.
What if I like to use Twitter?
If you tweet about this event, please use the #miamiSW hashtag so that we can include you in the sidebar and make it easier for others to connect with you.
Top 5 Reasons to attend:
1. Food (local eats + mucho caffeine)
2. Awesome Attendees (i.e. network!)
3. Kick-Ass Speakers
4. Twilio hooks it up!
$50 credits for each team & $200 credits for the winning team
5. ODesk is a giver:
$100 credits for each team
Is that time of the month when the shit hits the fan. Yeah, your women has the cramps!! You probably ask yourself: “Why can’t I be advised or alerted before this happens? Or, why can’t I understand her? Please, somebody HELP!”
Well, we can’t help because we simply don’t understand women, but, we know the right people that can help.
Two bright investment bankers came up with a multi-million dollar idea to help men understand women and their menstrual cycle. They’ve created “TheDailyCramp.com” [The Daily Cramp], which aims to help guys know what’s happening in their chick’s mind during their cycle. The system consists of a free daily newsletter that uses male-oriented humor to explain the cramps. What better way to start your day than by reading a hilarious newsletter that accurately illustrates mood swings of your girlfriend, wife, mother, sister, daughter or some other women in your life? Yeah, this is a hit.
Launched today on April 1st (Happy April Fools’ Day!!), the idea for The Daily Cramp came to founder Jon Hilley while he was talking to his girlfriend about her “hormone cycle” and how to understand it. Hilley thought that if he could somehow explain to guys, in a funny way, what his girlfriend was telling him about the cramp, he could create a successful business. Not long after, he pitched his idea at Startup Weekend Miami, receiving great feedback. Couple of days later, he was already testing a service.
The Daily Cramp‘s newsletter has a bit of everything humorist; sometimes it will make girls laugh and sometimes it will just embarrass them (without going over the edge), it’s part of the fun! “The Daily Cramp will definitely make sense of a chick’s crazy cycle, while still making you laugh every bit of the way. The whole point behind The Daily Cramp is to entertain men while educating them on being better and understanding partners to the ladies in their lives,” Hilley says.
The newsletter works this way: after you subscribe they ask you a few silly questions (such as the girl’s name, duration of cycle period, etc) which helps create your custom newsletter about the women you intend to keep track of. Everyday they send the newsletter with a chart modified to predict changes in emotions, a bear’s face that changes with her flow, plus a few lines of witty commentaries explaining the current situation of the lady you’re tracking.
After being up for a couple of months in beta mode, The Daily Cramp attracted about 6,000 subscribers without even releasing a newsletter. Based in Miami, FL, the now company, aims to attract as many subscribers as they can. They are planning to soon release a service that will make The Daily Cramp an even more interesting tool by making women desperately wanting to join the service. Hmm, do I smell bloody celebrities?
The Daily Cramp is a bootstrapped service with a highly efficient revenue model. Just ask Thrillist (the email newsletter for dudes) about their ramping $10MM in revenues just last year, or The Daily Candy (other email newsletter service) which was sold in 2008 for about $125MM to Comcast. Email newsletters may not sound sexy, but they literally print money. The Daily Cramp may generate $48MM in advertising sales by the end of 2012 if they achieve their set number for subscribers. Hilley says that, “if we make you laugh everyday, we are going to be successful.” Let’s hope they can achieve those numbers.
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