4 things to know in #MiamiTech: Aminta pitch contest, ScaleUp Summit & more

1 Apply by Sept 30 for Aminta Venture’s pitch competition
Applications are now open for the Aminta Ventures 2019 pitch competition, this time in partnership with TheVentureCity.
Aminta welcomes all early-stage software startups, based in the Americas, with female founders or female co-leadership, that are looking to take their idea to the next level. The winner will receive $15,000 in investment from a panel of all female investors, and will be fast-tracked in the due diligence process for TheVentureCity’s Growth Accelerator Program, which includes an additional investment of up to $100k. The winner and all five finalists will also receive a complimentary co-working space at CIC Miami.
The top 5 companies will be invited to pitch in person on November 7. This event will be open to the general public.
Aminta Ventures  helpa women explore angel investing through education, support, partnerships, and connection to a network of investors and thought leaders.
2 Exciting agenda awaits at Endeavor Miami’s ScaleUp Summit

In its second annual ScaleUp Summit, Endeavor Miami will gather forward-thinking business leaders who have successfully scaled their startups and disrupted the status-quo across diverse industries, such as aerospace, e-commerce, apparel, education and sustainable smart-home technology.
The conference will be held on September 27, 2019 at the M Building (194 Northwest 30th Street, Miami, FL 33127) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A few highlights:

  • Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros and Founding Board Member of Endeavor Miami, will moderate the initial keynote fireside chatfeaturing Abel Avellan, chairman and CEO of Texas-based Avellan Space Technology & Science (AST & Science), and Emiliano Kargieman, CEO of Satellogic and Endeavor Entrepreneur, to discuss space as the new frontier and how their technologies are facilitating access to space-based services.
  • Co-Founder of Gilt Groupe, Alexis Maybank, will talk about her trajectory as a serial entrepreneur and about championing women in tech in a chat moderated by John Quelch, Dean of the University of Miami Business School. Additionally, Trina Spear, Co-Founder of FIGS and Endeavor Entrepreneur will share her experience in revolutionizing medical apparel in a panel moderated by Johanna Mikkola, Co-Founder of Wyncode Academy and Endeavor Entrepreneur.
  • George Tsintzouras, President and CEO at Alert Labs and Carlos Diaz, VP of Business Development at Aquicore and Endeavor entrepreneur will talk about the intersection between sustainability and smart living, moderated by AJ Nahmad, President at Watsco and Endeavor Miami Board Member.
  • Nearpod co-founders and Endeavor entrepreneurs, Felipe Sommerand Emiliano Abramzon, will talk about the latest trends in ed-tech and the impact their platform has had in the classroom, moderated by Endeavor Miami Founding Board Member, Matt Haggman.

“The ScaleUp Summit is excited to welcome entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled their businesses with cutting-edge technologies and are breaking new frontiers in their industries,” said Claudia Durán, Endeavor Miami Managing Director. “At Endeavor Miami, we are committed to supporting high-impact entrepreneurs that are driving economic growth and job creation in South Florida and beyond.”
Register here for the ScaleUp Summit.

3 Obe Power and Intelligent Observation in global startup competition

Speaking of startups, two Miami startups will be pitching in the Startup of the Year Global Competition & Summit in  Memphis Oct. 14-16.  OBE Power and Intelligent Observation are among 100 startups from around the world chosen to compete.
Founded by Alejandro Burgana, OBE Power is solving the “chicken or the egg” dilemma for electric vehicle and charging stations with its exclusive EV Charging as a Service solution, at no cost to host properties and with charging rates below the price of gas. The Miami-based startup was also one of the eight finalists selected to pitch in the Rise of the Rest Miami competition in May.
Intelligent Observation reduces infections in hospitals, making them safer for patients, staff, and visitors. The Miami startup developed a  hand hygiene tracking and alert system.

4 Miami ranks No. 3 for co-working and shared work spaces

If you think Miami is flush with co-working options, you are right.
A new report from commercial real estate firm CBRE found that in Miami, flexible work space occupies 3.2 percent of the market, just behind Manhattan at 3.6% and San Francisco at 4%, and ranking the Magic City No. 3.
Orlando and Tampa were among the 10 fastest growing markets, according to the report. 
With remote work continuing to trend, CBRE expects the U.S. market for flexible office space will generate significant growth over the next decade, even in the event of a recession, as flex operators consolidate and forge financial partnerships with building owners.
Today, the flexible office space sector occupies a cumulative 71 million sq. ft., or 1.8 percent of the office space in 40 U.S. markets. CBRE’s baseline forecast calls for flexible office space to expand to approximately 13 percent of office space by 2030, reaching up to 600 million sq. ft. Even in a low-growth scenario, CBRE sees flexible office space claiming up to 6.5 percent of the market by 2030. In its most aggressive scenario, CBRE believes flexible space could grow to as  much as 22 percent of office space by 2030.
 “We’re seeing a fundamental change in the expectations that organizations and their employees have for the workplace. This change is spurring an increasing number of companies to engage with flexible office solutions that provide the physical environment and business terms they prefer. This shift is ongoing,” said Julie Whelan, CBRE’s Americas Head of Occupier Research. “There are some very bold predictions in the marketplace – with some calling for flexible space accounting for as much as 30 percent of office space in the future. There is simply not enough available office space to support this supply without even more drastic changes in tenant behavior.”

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