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Building Miami’s startup, tech and creative scene

Jan. 14, 2013, 3:11 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

A recent series of events highlighted the best of Miami’s startup, tech and creative scene. The first ever Innovate MIA week discovered innovative ideas taking place both in Miami and around the world.

About the city’s emerging tech space, Wilfredo Fernandez, co-founder of the LAB Miami, which recently received support from Knight, says: “The talent is here, the people are here, the money is here. We just need a place for all those things to come together.” Recent hackdays hosted the LAB Miami brought together people from all over the world.

In the video above, hear how the LAB Miami’s new co-working space and other events like Wayra’s Global Demo Day gathered some of the world’s best entrepreneurs and are helping Miami on the map as a global destination for startups.

Wayra’s Demo Day was hosted by the LAB Miami as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Knight supported America’s Venture Capital Conference. Featuring international innovators, global venture capitalists and speakers, it sought to further develop global innovative firms throughout the Americas.

Knight’s support to strengthen Miami’s startup community is part of our strategy to increase community engagement. Knight’s Miami Program Director Matt Haggman recently wrote about the foundation’s efforts to better connect, support and educate our emerging community of doers.

Future events to support Miami’s tech scene include the SuperConf in February, which will explore the intersection of design and entrepreneurship. Miami’s 2013 Tech Week will also kick off on Feb. 23.

By Elizabeth R. Miller, communications associate at Knight Foundation

Related: “Innovate MIA puts spotlight on startup community” and “It’s a wrap: AVCC caps off 1st Innovate MIA week” in The Miami Herald