People

Influencer

Adriana Cisneros

Cisneros

CEO and Vice-Chairman

Adriana Cisneros is CEO and Vice Chairman of Cisneros, one of the largest privately held media, entertainment, digital media, real estate, tourism resorts and consumer products organizations in the world. Cisneros wholly owns or controls companies ranging from broadcast television and television production to…

Advisor

Alex de Carvalho

Florida International University

Knight Innovator in Residence

An accomplished public speaker, Alex has spoken nationally and internationally to a variety of audiences from C-Level industry executives to high school students. Alex caters each presentation to the audience’s interests and comprehension level, making sense of the complex, exposing the irrelevant, and debunking…

Influencer

Andres Moreno

Open English

Founder and CEO

Andrés Moreno is the Founder and CEO of Open English, the leader in internet-based English-language instruction. Moreno has raised more than USD $120 million in venture capital to drive the company’s expansion throughout the globe. Open English currently serves over 100,000 students in almost…

Advisor

Brian Brackeen

Kairos

Kairos

Brian Brackeen is the Founder of Kairos, a innovative facial recognition company that graduated the NewMe Accelerator’s 2nd class. The Kairos API are helping companies everywhere to change the way they interact with their employees, patients, and customers. Prior to Kairos, Brian cut his…

Influencer

Brian Breslin

Infinimedia

CEO

Brian is currently CEO of Infinimedia, Inc a web based software development firm with a focus on social media development. Brian has been involved in web development for over 16 years, and heavily involved in web and mobile software for the last decade. Brian…

Investor

Daniel Echavarria

Ganolian Investments

Managing Partner

Daniel Echavarria is CEO of Ganolian Investments. As part of Ganolian’s activities, Daniel serves on the boards of several portfolio companies ranging from early stage technology and social enterprises to market leading companies in manufacturing, retail and web. He also serves on the boards…

Influencer

Daniel Lafuente

The LAB Miami

Co-founder

Co-founded, and currently operating, a Coworking space for tech and creative entrepreneurs and startups in Wynwood. The LAB Miami is a campus for social and tech innovation. We are an entrepreneurial community of creatives that learn, act & build together. Opened first location in…

Influencer

Demian Bellumio

Senzari

COO

Bellumio began his career in banking as an intern at Barclays Capital, the investment-banking arm of Barclays Bank PLC. How he negotiated his way into such opportunity speaks of his enterprising attitude. At the time, Bellumio was still in college and selling flooring products…

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Ernie Hsiung

Code for America

2015 Code for America Fellow

Ernie is a front-end developer and a community organizer with an interest in both actual and virtual communities. Born and raised in the Bay Area and living in Miami, he most recently served as a software developer at Rackspace and was co-captain of Code…

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Felecia Hatcher-Pearson

Feverish Ice Cream

Chief Popsicle/Owner

The nitty gritty: I love oatmeal, peppermint tea and martini’s mixed with good conversations. I feel that I can solve any problem with my iPhone, a few rubber bands and 2 safety pins. I escaped cubicle nation for good 5 years ago and never…

Advisor

Joanna Schwartz

EarlyShares.com

Chief Executive Officer

Joanna L. Schwartz is the CEO and Co-Founder of EarlyShares, an online platform that gives accredited investors direct access to private opportunities. By enabling individuals and companies to leverage the JOBS Act to capitalize on new investing and capital raising opportunities, EarlyShares is transforming…

Influencer

Johanna (Kytola) Mikkola

Wyncode

Co-Founder

Raised in Toronto and Helsinki, with winters in Florida, Johanna Mikkola has a passion for people and places. After attending high school in Finland, Johanna went on to graduate with Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Economics from the University of Toronto….

Investor

Jose Vargas

AutoWeb.com

Co-founder & President

Jose is a serial internet entrepreneur who has been building and growing companies for over 14 years. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of MailCreations.com, Inc., a successful online marketing and lead generation company. The company was profitable since its inception with revenue…

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Juan Diego Calle

STRAAT

Chairman

Juan Diego Calle, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of .CO Internet S.A.S., the registry operator for the .CO top level domain. Under Juan’s leadership, .CO was launched internationally in July of 2010, and has quickly become one of the most successful…

Advisor

Juan Pablo Cappello

Private Advising Group

Co Founder

Juan Pablo Cappello, a co-founder of the Private Advising Group P.A., a law firm, was recently named one of the “Most Influential Hispanics” in by Poder magazine in the areas of science and technology and in 2012 was selected as a “Top 50 Entrepreneur”…

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Laura Maydon

Endeavor Miami

Managing Director

Laura is the Managing Director of Endeavor Miami, a non-profit organization, which searches and selects high-impact entrepreneurs in South Florida to help them scale, with the objective of building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community.

Investor

Manuel D. Medina

Medina Capital

Founder and Managing Partner

Manuel D. Medina, the Founder and Managing Partner of Medina Capital, has more than 30 years of experience as a highly successful businessman with expertise in areas including technology, finance, international business, and government contracting. Medina was the Founder, Chairman of the Board and…

Influencer

Marco Giberti

Vesuvio Ventures

Managing Partner

Media, events and Internet entrepreneur (Mind Trainer sold to Reed Exhibitions, Mind Opener sold to Pearson and e-mind sold to Liberty Media). Investor, Board member and adviser (Vesuvioventures.com). Specialties: Media, Events and Internet. Seed investing, M&A, International expansion. Management and strategy. Entrepreneurship.

Influencer

Matt Haggman

Knight Foundation

Miami Program Director

Matt Haggman leads Knight Foundation’s communities program in South Florida and launched the foundation’s initiative aimed at connecting and propelling Miami’s emerging entrepreneurs and startups as a way of building community. Previously, Haggman was an award-winning journalist covering issues of local and national importance….

Advisor

Melissa Krinzman

Krillion Ventures

Managing Partner

Melissa Krinzman has a 20-year history of launching, growing and advising private companies and non-profit organizations. An expert in the field of entrepreneurship, Melissa has worked with over 900 companies that have raised more than $1 billion in investment capital using business plans developed…

Advisor

Nabyl Charania

Rokk3r Labs

Co-founder & CEO

Cobuild Amazing Companies! Rokk3r Labs launches companies through its comprehensive cobuilding approach, leveraging sound business practices and entrepreneurial experience with a proven and profound understanding of the modern digital world. Our specialized team of engineers, creatives, and strategists propel ideas into amazing companies. Structured…

Influencer

Rebekah Monson

WhereBy.Us

Co-Founder

I am a multimedia journalist and communications professional with broad experience and skills in reporting, writing, editing, visual communication, graphic design, video and multimedia production, online content creation and management. I’m also co-founder of Code for Miami and Hacks/Hackers Miami.

Influencer

Rhys Williams

CapSoft, LLC

CEO/Director/Co-Founder

Rhys L. Williams is CEO, Director, and Co-Founder of CapSoft, LLC, a start-up in the e-sourcing and e-procurement markets for business and governmental entities. He is also President & Co-Founder of New World Angels, Inc., a member-managed, structured angel investor group with chapters in…

Advisor

Shaun Abrahamson

Urban.Us

Founder

Shaun has mapped the complex, geographically fragmented and rapidly evolving technology landscape of smart cities in a very rapid and agile fashion, giving him a unique vantage point to identify rapid growth opportunities for his startup portfolio. He is building a network of like-minded…

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Susan Amat

Venture Hive

Founder

Dr. Susan Amat is the founder of Venture Hive, the accelerator for economic development. A serial entrepreneur, she built businesses in the entertainment industry for over a decade, including the first CD-ROM magazine and a national television show. After completing her MBA, Dr. Amat…

Influencer

Wifredo Fernandez

CREATE Miami at Miami Dade College // Co-Founder of The LAB Miami

Founding Director,

Influencer

Will Weinraub

LiveNinja

CEO & Co-Founder

Born and raised in Miami, Will Weinraub first learned how to build websites at age thirteen and hasn’t looked back since. After launching two successful businesses by the age of sixteen, Will went on to attend Florida State University to study Communications and shortly…

Advisor

William Silverman

The Launch Pad at UM

Director

Dr. William Silverman (M.B.A. ’10), completed his Ph.D. in physiology at UCLA Medical School and migrated into business upon realizing that his career as a biomedical researcher was a long-term exercise in entrepreneurship and start-up financing. His research explored areas as diverse as cardiology,…

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