With our first article about incubator resources , we brought you into the worlds of the Knight Foundation, EDC (Enterprise Development Corp) and Florida’s SBDC, all of which truly inspire and support Miami-based businesses through all cycles of development. Now it’s time to explore 3 more organizational incubator leaders of business to bring into your innermost circle of influence.
- Refresh Miami
Did you know Refresh Miami was the” largest technology networking and educational group” in Miami with 9,000 members and an average of 400 attendees per event? They got their amazing start as a meetup at a South Beach Starbucks in April 2006, and since then have hosted hundreds of meetups & events inviting the Miami tech community to network all across gorgeous South Florida and beyond. For them, it’s all about the community, the “tech community” per se.
Why it Works: You can scoop out events at different locations across Miami on their event calendar. Become a Sponsor! You will be in good company with the likes of the Knight Foundation, Microsoft, Rokk3r Labs, University of Miami and BrightGauge.
“Our principal focus will be to provide the community with a steady stream of educational content focused on the technological and entrepreneurial communities. “-Refresh Miami
- SCORE Miami Dade
With over 50 years as a Florida business leader and a network of over 13,000 volunteers, SCORE has been mentoring entrepreneurs and established businesses to greatness for a very long time. They are passionate about mentorship, aligning a more experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected business professional with their peers. Not local to Miami? No problem, just try one of their many online workshops, so you as an entrepreneur or business can increasingly develop that edge.
Why it Works: You can nominate a business, even your own for their new SCORE Miami Business & Leadership Awards set to premier in October 2016. They also offer downloadable templates on 21 core business topics including “Accounting & Budgeting, Business Planning, Cash flow Management, Social Media and Networking” and more. If you need to locate any kind of entrepreneurial advice or resource, don’t worry. With their long history of credibility and networking clout, they got it. For that, we at StartHub Miami are definitely fans.
“I highly recommend working with MIAMI Dade SCORE. Their services and support were integral in helping develop my business from project to operational. From financing to marketing, my mentor provided useful insights. Counting on them throughout my startup phase was almost like having a partner in business.” —Juan Brandt/ Sky Zone Miami
- Endeavor Miami
Are you a U.S. or International business that likes to prove your worth on a global scale? Do you focus on innovation, being an industry role model, wealth development and job creation? Then submit your interest to the selection process at Endeavor in Miami and you may join the over 1000 businesses like LearnerNation, Kairos and Wyncode that have quickly scaled. Founded by Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner in 1997 with an idea written on the back of a napkin, the non-profit has helped entrepreneurs and businesses all over the world reach their potential.
Why it Works: The selection process may be intense, but the outcome is worth it. Endeavor promises that selected members receive “mentorship, access to capital, access to markets, as well as access to talent”. The organization also supports members via their Entrepreneur Blog, publishes each win so the team can share via social media and raise their star power to even higher heights.
“Endeavor is the only non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Our “mentor capitalist” model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 1,050+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. have created 400,000+ high-value jobs and in 2013, generated $6.8 billion.” -Endeavor