INNOVATION PLAN: CONNECT & GROW
Ambition and Entrepreneurship are in our DNA
What makes Miami such a dynamic, energetic community? What is that spark that drives innovation? Miami has been described as a Start Up Culture in large part because of its youth, diversity, pioneering spirit and immigrant culture. The pioneering roots and immigrant ambition helps explain Miami’s emergence as a global innovation hub with more startup activity than any other US community in 2017. Miami’s innovators, like their predecessors, are hungry to create something new, something special and unique. Miami is a community of entrepreneurs who have found the ideal place to make their mark.
Established Companies with Innovators Through Programming
- Innovation Showcases:
Events that highlight innovations and applied research from anchor/educational institutions.
- Feed the Pipeline:
Extend Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s suite of services to support existing entrepreneur-focused organizations and educational platforms.
Investment Networks with the Corporate Sector and High-Growth Companies
- Corporate Innovation Initiative:
Serves to build bridges between MDBCs network of corporations to support the growth and expansion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
- Access to Capital:
In partnership with state organizations and investor networks, identify avenues to introduce entrepreneurs to available funding pools (i.e. Venture Capital, Angel, Federal and State dollars).
Culture of Collaboration
- Miami Innovation Working Group:
Partner and collaborate with existing incubators, accelerators, co-work spaces, professional development organizations and impactful meetup groups to support the retention and expansion of Miami-Dade County’s high-growth, scalable startups.
Miami As an Innovation Destination
- Innovation Districts:
Identify and market unrecognized clusters primed for “Innovation District” branding.
Catalogue of Case Studies
- Develop a white paper of local best practices and roadmaps on Corporate Innovation in partnership with Miami-centric leadership organizations.