Ted Lucas to open hub in Miami to connect entrepreneurs, investors and community members

The Source in downtown Miami will be an entrepreneur’s one-stop-shop for learning and building businesses. Goal: To grow an inclusive tech and entrepreneurial community.

By Krysten Brenlla

Are you looking for a new place to connect with local entrepreneurs, investors, and fellow Miamians? The Source has got you covered.

Located in the heart of downtown Miami and spearheaded by Ted Lucas, founder of Slip-N-Slide Records and a philanthropist, and Hilmon Sorey, a Silicon Valley founder and technology veteran, The Source aims to serve the underserved, with a goal of growing an inclusive tech and entrepreneurial community in South Florida.

Last year, Lucas and Sorey launched a local workforce development and tech-skills training initiative called Tech Knowledge in collaboration with the Innovation Center at Florida Memorial University. The difference, however, is that The Source is open to entrepreneurs, startups, and the community. It is an entrepreneur’s all-in-one hub to learn and grow alongside other entrepreneurs and investors.

“The Source aims to catalyze investment for founders, close the tech equity gap, and provide economic opportunities for small businesses in South Florida to continue to grow,” Sorey said in an interview with Refresh Miami. “Since South Florida is on the global map, we’re considering The Source a vital hub for entrepreneurs, startups, and investors across Miami.”

The Source has big plans to help entrepreneurs and Miamians grow their footprints in South Florida. From new accelerator programs, to upskilling workshops, and networking opportunities, Lucas and Sorey say that The Source will change the way those in business and tech connect by offering it all under one roof.

Ted Lucas

“With The Source, we’re giving people the opportunity to be amongst other investors and founders, and to learn from each other,” said Lucas, who also co-founded Miami NFT Week. “I felt like this was a need for us in South Florida. We’re giving young entrepreneurs the opportunity to take their visions to the next level.”

Lucas and Sorey shared that, through The Source’s accelerator programs, they will focus heavily on go-to market and product strategies for cohorts made up of local minority startup funders. Lucas and Sorey are also focusing on programs to help entrepreneurs learn how to best derive revenue to get them ready for a successful launch.

Participants can also look forward to workshops on topics like how artificial intelligence is affecting small businesses, featuring local entrepreneurs and experts as guest speakers. Additionally, Lucas and Sorey invite investors to get involved with The Source to find new engagement points with local founders and funders.

Hilmon Sorey

 “When we were looking for a space, one of the things we wanted was a space that was engaging for everyone,” Sorey continued. “We want The Source to be accessible on every level.”

If you’re ready to upskill and turn your business to the next level, The Source will be opening its doors to the community later this month at 14 NE 1st Ave., Suite 602, in Miami. (UPDATE: The Source held its grand opening on Feb. 15. See below for more details.)

“I don’t want our local South Florida people to get intimated; you have to think big, and your vision is so important. The Source is here to show everyone that you can be successful and grow your business in South Florida,” Lucas said.

“What is happening in South Florida is an opportunity for you and your family to go to a whole other level, and we want to help everyone in Miami make generational wealth happen for them.”

For more information on The Source’s programs and upcoming events, visit their website at https://www.thesourcegroups.com/.

UPDATE: The Source held its grand opening on Feb. 15, with over 100 guests attending and support from City of Miami, Venture Miami, Black Professionals Network and other government and community leaders. Below, Ted Lucas, Hilmon Sorey and MIami-Dade Commissioner Keon Hardemon cut the ribbon (photo by Dracula X):

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Krysten Brenlla