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500 Startups announces its Miami Unity and Inclusion Summit

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500 Startups announces its upcoming Unity and Inclusion Summit in Miami, designed to gather entrepreneurs, investors, and the tech community. 

The summit, which will be held on March 7, will include panels, keynotes, and workshops on topics such as growth marketing, capital, and building diverse teams. 

“Miami is now the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S.”

The conference brings together key players in Miami’s startup community including Kim Stone, EVP Sales & Business Dev. of Miami Heat, Laura Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of Venture City, and Brandon Andrews of Shark Tank. 

The Miami startup ecosystem continues to grow, with startups in 2017 receiving $1.3 billion in funding, placing the city of Miami in eighth place in the United States for VC activity.

Wrote Juan Lopez Salaberry in his TechCrunch article, “Miami is now the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S., with the highest startup density in the country at 247.6 startups per 100,000 people, according to the Kauffman Index.”

Said Startupbootcamp Miami Managing Director Christian Seale in the article, “Miami is the second largest healthcare hub in the U.S., with eight hospitals, over 33,000 beds, three globally recognized research universities and a legacy of successful healthcare companies.”

500 Miami has been one of the organizations leading the charge to develop an innovation ecosystem in Miami;  44.5% of 500’s portfolio founders belong to racial minorities and 26% of its investments are led by at least one female founder.

Ana Paula González, 500 Startups Miami
Ana Paula González

Miami is becoming a truly global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship”

500 staff will be in from Silicon Valley and are eager to join their Miami counterparts in connecting with budding entrepreneurs and founders of scalable startups in cities outside of the Bay Area.

Said Ana Paula González, Head of 500 Miami, Miami is becoming a truly global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. I encourage startups to leverage the diversity of our community, focus on the verticals where the region is strongest, and set out to build businesses that can be relevant at a global scale.”

Partners at the 500 Startups conference include ZenDesk, Breezy HR, SAP.iO, Silicon Valley Bank, and Samsung NEXT.

Read More: ‘The global stage is finally waking up to all that Ontario has to offer’: Neha Khera, 500 Startups Canada

500 Startups is one of the most active seed stage venture capital firms in the world. Since its inception it has invested in over 2,200 companies via four global funds and 14 thematic funds.

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