5 things to know in #MiamiTech: EndeavorLab startups selected; Baptist Health innovation fellowships open; plus news about FTX, Vidcrunch & migration trends


Find out 10 selected startups for Endeavor Lab

Endeavor Miami selected 10 companies to be part of Cohort Three of its two-month accelerated growth program, EndeavorLAB. This cohort is supported by the Simkins Family Foundation and its goal is to assist entrepreneurs from the Jewish community as they scale. EndeavorLAB leverages the knowledge and best-in-class services and tools used to support entrepreneurs in the network. Past cohorts have supported women- and Black-led startups.

Here are the selected companies (descriptions provided by Endeavor).

BeYou Cosmetics: Entrepreneurs: Forty Amsel and Simon Amsel

By creating a cutting edge skincare line aimed at protecting the skin from UV light, pollutants, and environmental aggressors, BeYou has become a modern-day pioneer that’s revolutionizing the beauty industry.

BLANX: Entrepreneur: Ariel X. Bacal and Alfred X. Cottin

BLANX is a brand that tells stories through sneakers. They collaborate with gifted creators to amplify their point-of-view using their unique voices on issues like racial equity, mental health, gender equality. Each pair is numbered and contributes to an organization related to the social causes.

MX Locker

Entrepreneur: Ryan Amoils and Andrew Samole

MX Locker is an online peer-to-peer marketplace which allows users from around the world to buy and sell riding gear, bike parts and dirt bikes.

Opcion Yo

Entrepreneur: Daniels Sichel and Mariana Morales

Opción YO is the first platform offering psychological, nutritional and coaching services online, designed for the Latinamerican community. We help you improve your life in a private, convenient and accessible manner, providing you with excellent spanish speaking professionals just a click away.


Entrepreneur: Luke Torres, Ryan Rosenbaum, Harrison Gibson and Marcin Cieslak

Phlex is a startup built by swimmers and triathletes with the mission of bringing accessibility, engagement and community to the swimming world. We put the tech in swimming. 

SOAP Health 

Entrepreneur: Steven Charlap

Soap Health is a mission-driven organization that wants to spare others from the pain and suffering of passing from or losing someone to a preventable or earlier identifiable genetically-driven adult diseases such as cancer and heart disease by enabling genetic risk assessment to take place in the 250,000+ U.S. primary care practices.


Entrepreneur: Valeria Suppan

Squadroo is a platform that enables homeowners to start and finish construction projects without the typical cost and time overruns. It provides clarity on construction workflows, project management, and a highly vetted marketplace. Squadroo helps consumers to easily oversee spending and progress status until construction closeout.


Entrepreneur: Nicolo Bates and Dmitry Osetrov

TEDU is an education technology company with an enterprise platform built to integrate and partner with universities and other educational institutions worldwide to provide them and their students a suite of out-of-classroom academic resource utilities. TEDU’s technology offering is a hybrid B2B, B2C, and C2C platform that improves students’ access to their university out-of-classroom academic resource offerings while also providing universities in-depth data analytics to fine-tune their business and reduce their program facilitation costs.


Entrepreneur: Jake Rothstein and Peter Badgley

UpsideHom will be the biggest senior living community in the world, without laying a single brick. We are building the platform that will disintermediate long term care – supporting simplified access to quality housing, services, experiences, community and safety, at scale.

Virtual Badge

Entrepreneur: Georges Duplessy and John Simon

Virtual Badge is a mobile “identification as a service” platform that provides ID badging, identity verification / vetting, compliance management, and workforce management capabilities for forward thinking, data driven organizations that want to reduce risk and make it easier to identify their people.


Applications open for Knight Foundation Fellowship from Baptist Health

Baptist Health Innovations is now accepting applications for its inaugural Knight Foundation Fellowship in Healthcare Technology Innovation. The fellowship is a one-year program for entrepreneurs and innovators interested in healthcare technology and development and they can propose a new concept as part of their application. The fellowship will incorporate multifaceted, team-based projects designed to build innovator skills and networks critical to the development of new products, services and interventions in healthcare and is designed for healthcare professionals and administrators, researchers, information technology specialists, physicians, designers, engineers and other professionals interested in healthcare and entrepreneurship. Find out more and apply here: BaptistHealth.net/Innovations/Fellowship.


FTX becomes third crypto exchange to announce Miami office

FTX, the cryptocurrency exchange that recently purchased the 19-year naming rights to the Miami Heat’s arena, is opening a Miami office. FTX founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried told the Miami Herald that the company has begun scouting for office space; he did not specify exactly how many employees or local hiring plans. FTX is the third crypto exchange to announce a Miami presence in the past week, following Blockchain.com and eToto.


Miami-based VidCrunch raises funding

VidCrunch, a web and app video content-based monetization provider and a Google MCM Partner, announced it secured a multi-million-dollar financing facility from Silicon Valley Bank,  to expand the company’s global sales team, enhance its engineering resources, and continue its ongoing investments in product development, content curation and creation for its publisher portfolio. The company also raised $2 million from angels. The Miami-based technology company develops and markets its Smart Video ProducerTM technology, which automatically curates and publishes video content for web, app and CTV publishers.


Miami ranks 11th in national for tech migration

According to LinkedIn research, the Miami metro area ranked 11th in the nation for the highest net migration of tech workers. The Magic City ranked behind two Texas cities – Austin, Texas (No.1), Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 9) – Nashville, Tennessee (No. 2); and Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 3), the South Florida . Jacksonville and Tampa were the only Florida cities to break the Top 10, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

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