Miami Dade College to Launch Idea Center and Incubator on Campus

June 27, 2014

7:00 pm

Miami Dade College announces plans to open a new entrepreneurship center, the Idea Center, in September.

The Idea Center @MDC will be  headed by entrepreneur Leandro Finol, and it will be the college’s hub for entrepreneurship for 165,000 students. The center will also have a venture incubator, called CREATE, with programming and resources to help nurture and accelerate the entrepreneurial ideas and ventures of students. The incubator will be directed by Wifredo Fernandez, LAB Miami’s co-founder.

“Education can change people’s lives. I’m a product of education and entrepreneurship and to be involved in such an ambitious project is a great opportunity,” says Finol in The Starting Gate.

The center, which will be located on the 5th floor of Building 8 on the Wolfson campus, and it will be open to all MDC students, not only those in the School of Business. Finol explained that the Idea Center will have programs “to help students at every stage and will model programming and methodology after what has worked well at universities in other parts of the country.”

Earlier this year, MDC launched the 10,000 Small Businesses program, which helps growth-stage companies in the community.



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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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