Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Endeavor will help build network of Miami entrepreneurs

Jan. 15, 2013, 8:28 a.m., Posted by Matt Haggman

Despite a high rate of entrepreneurial activity across Miami, it remains difficult for doers and innovators to build their ideas here. It is harder than it should be for people launching new ventures to connect with others, find mentorship opportunities and obtain quality support services.   

To address this challenge, today we’re announcing a $2 million investment over five years to launch Endeavor Miami.

Endeavor is a non-profit organization that for nearly 15 years has built vibrant, connected, self-sustaining communities of entrepreneurship and innovation. First started in Latin America, Endeavor now operates in 15 countries around the world.

Miami will be Endeavor’s first outpost in the U.S.

To be clear, Endeavor does not invest in companies. Instead of providing venture capital, it provides what one writer called “mentor capital.”

What Endeavor does is go to a city, identify the best high-impact entrepreneurs, connect them with proven local business leaders as mentors and integrate them within its broader global network. Importantly, in each city, the non-profit tells the stories of its entrepreneurs in a bid to create role models who serve as catalysts for the broader public.   

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 Miamiwhich 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.


Finalists named in Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia

Jan. 14, 2013, 6:08 a.m., Posted by Donna Frisby-Greenwood

Photo Credit: BalletX

Today we’re proud to share a group of new and innovative ideas to enrich Philadelphia’s cultural scene. Sixty-nine innovative ideas have been chosen as finalists in the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia.

Arising from more than 1,200 applicants, the finalists below represent the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the city. From public art to jazz to film, printmaking and more they are born from the minds of people and organizations that seek to transform the experience of art in Philadelphia.

We started the Knight Arts Challenge in Philadelphia three years ago because we believe the arts can engage and enrich communities. We recognize great ideas can start from anywhere — with individuals, artist-driven organizations or at the city’s premier cultural institutions. That’s why the $9 million challenge is open to the entire community.

We asked a bold, original question: “What’s your best idea for the arts in Philadelphia?” And we’re delighted to share your responses.

Read on below for the full list of finalists and their ideas. And stay tuned, winners will be announced in the spring!

We congratulate the finalists and thank everyone who submitted an idea!