Last night at our first Miami event, our first event ever in the state of Florida, we announced that Tech Cocktail will be working with Knight Foundation to shine a national spotlight on all the incredible startup and entrepreneurial activity that’s happening in the Miami area. A $150,000 grant from Knight will help make our south beach dreams come to fruition. The ultimate goal our effort is an extension of our mission as we add Miami as another hub for our growing Tech Cocktail team. We’ll look to keep people more informed and engaged by cross-pollinating Miami’s tech startup story through ongoing online and offline events and content.
As I mentioned in a guest post on the Knight Foundation blog we were attracted to Miami for the following reasons:
“its emerging startup community; local universities turning out talent; growing investor interest; and its unique role as a gateway between startups from Latin America and the United States. It’s not just a gateway for entrepreneurs, though; it’s a technological gateway for information. Miami is home to a 750,000-square-foot data center that serves as a “network access point” to the Internet: the NAP of the Americas. This six-story building, full of computers, servers and cables, handles a majority of the top-level Internet traffic going from Latin America to 148 countries around the world.”
Oh… and let’s not forget the sunshine and beautiful beaches.
To strengthen our editorial coverage and event footprint in key markets around the United States, we’ve created hubs in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Las Vegas, and now we’re adding Miami to the mix. With Miami as a new hub will bring us closer to activity around the Southeastern United States and Latin America, broadening our footprint and perspective. And we’ll be able to share it all through our national, online media publication. Aside from the beefed up editorial coverage, you can expect to see us in Miami hosting at least eight events: startup showcase pitch competitions, educational speaker series and social gatherings to better connect the community. So we’ll be looking for additional local ambassadors and contributors while also hiring a full-time writer/community manager based in Miami.
This is an exciting day for Tech Cocktail is what has been an amazing year, which has included our funding investment in May by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project, launching Tech Cocktail Celebrate, and now the addition of our Miami hub. We still have time left for a few more fun announcements so stay tuned as we continue to realize our mission as a helpful guide for anyone looking to or living the startup journey.