The Knight Foundation Grants $60,000 To Spur Angel Investment Series In South Florida

April 15, 2014

5:07 pm

The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research announced today its plan to launch a series of angel investor seminars dedicated to teaching participants about angel investing. The nonprofit will work with various research universities in Florida to help foster the community through the creation of new companies and jobs. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced it will grant the organization $60,000 to help this initiative.

The inaugural “Doing Well While Doing Good” seminar will take place on April 17 at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami, and it hopes to connect university startup experts and experienced angel investors with an audience of business leaders and potential investors.

“Developing new investment activity is essential to Miami’s success as a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Matt Haggman, Miami’s Knight Foundation program director. “This series will fill a knowledge gap for investors, while helping to create a strong network of local financers, with the ultimate benefit of backing rising young companies.”

The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research works to build and fund company programs for startups as a way to help spur innovation in Florida.

“This event will preview companies from both the University of Miami and Florida International University, and offer networking opportunities and education for seasoned as well as novice angel investors,” explains CEO of the Florida Institute Jamie Grooms.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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