Tag: Entrepreneurs

Byte Size: Protecting Your Business Against Cyber Attacks

The theft of digital information has become the norm in today’s society. Participants will receive key insights on the cyber threat landscape and learn best practices on how to protect their businesses from cyber attacks.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Discussion of Cyber Threats
  • Cybersecurity Best Practices
  • Identifying & Protecting Critical Records
  • Accessing Cybersecurity Tools & Resources
  • Cyber Insurance


AXA Advisors: The 6 Major Business Killers

Program for Business Owners with 10 – 500 employees

We never plan to make mistakes. As business owners, we’re focused on running our business. Everyday brings new challenges, opportunities and decisions. But there are six mistakes that consistently cause businesses to fail. And we need to know what they are and how to avoid them!

Learn how to protect yourself and build a firewall around your business and your personal assets. This is part of a Lunch & Learn series.



Export Lending Forum

Learn about U.S. Government tools that can boost your access to foreign markets.


According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 96% of the world’s customers reside outside the United States. In fact, most of the companies in the United State do not think of foreign markets nor that sales opportunities abroad are possible for them.

Miami businesses have the advantage of being located in a trade and logistics hub that is also the gateway to the Americas. This workshop will provide you with the information on resources available to Miami businesses that are either already doing business abroad or are interested in going global.

In particular, the event will discuss:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Lending Programs
  • Local Export Lenders & their programs
  • Local small business programs to promote exports


Sponsored by:

First American Bank


in association with

Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center

Surety Bonding Preparedness Workshop

Learn about Surety Bonding & How To Increase Bonding Potential

Proper surety bonding is critical for businesses contracting with the Federal government, the State of Florida, and local government. This powerful “Lunch-N-Learn” workshop, will provide established businesses with tools and resources to successfully pursue bonding for their projects. Due to demand this workshop for businesses seeking contracts of less than $1 million.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • How the bond qualifications process works
  • Steps to preparing a successful application for bonding
  • How to maximize your bond support & use surety to grow your business
  • Recommendation on short and long term strategies to obtaining bonding


Presented by Unique Surety & Insurance Services, LLC

in association with

Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center & Florida SBDC at FIU

Social Entrepreneurship: Profits, People and the Planet.

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Join us as Daniela Cadena, Social Impact Lab lead at StartUP FIU, introduces social entrepreneurship and how the concept is solving global problems through for-profit solutions. Be part of a discussion on the differences between social responsibility and social entrepreneurship, how from different disciplines from engineering to architecture or from the sciences to the arts can create new products, companies, and services that create value for people, generate profits and keep the planet in mind.


12:00PM – Check In

12:15PM – BYOL and conversation

12:45PM – Q&A

1:00PM – Networking

Why Social Entrepreneurship?

If we wish to continue growing as a society, we must find sustainable solutions to the most pressing issues our generation faces. From access to clean water and food, to creating companies with a culture of social responsibility and employee development – social entrepreneurship will allow us to scale solutions like no other generation has experienced before.

Who is this for?

This event is tailored for students who want to understand how their major is related to the concept of social entrepreneurship and how they can impact others and change the world regardless of what career they choose.

Who is Daniela Cadena?

Daniela is an FIU alumna, passionate about creating touch points among students, universities, and local communities through social entrepreneurship initiatives. Through sustainable social value propositions, Daniela leads social entrepreneurship at StartUP FIU by providing resources for projects focused on identifying unjust equilibriums that cause exclusion in segments of the populations lacking financial means or political clout.

How To Make Your Business Bankable


Why do some businesses easily obtain loans while others don’t? The answer starts with you, the business owner.

Learn how to make your business loan-worthy and receive key insights from a seasoned business-banking veteran.

From the importance of the business owner’s personal credit to understanding how lenders evaluate your business, this workshop will put you on the right path to having a bankable business.

To register: go.fiu.edu/bankable

For more information: 305.779.9232 / jpadilla@fiu.edu


Presented by

Small Business Development

A Division of Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department

in association with

Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center


Florida SBDC at FIU






MatchUP Night II

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Calling all mentors and entrepreneurs in the Miami community to join StartUP FIU on February 8th, for MatchUP Night II!

MatchUP Night II is a networking opportunity for our FIU and Miami community to meet the 19 innovative StartUPs that are a part of our second Cohort. Some of our Cohort teams are looking to MatchUP with mentors to guide them and/or entrepreneurial individuals to add to their teams.


6:00 PM – Networking

6:45 PM – Opening remarks

7:15 PM – Teams introduction

9:00 PM – Event Conclusion

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is StartUP FIU?

StartUP FIU is an initiative developing innovation and entrepreneurship to fully leverage the Fourth Industrial Revolution for FIU and the Miami community.

Who should attend?

All events are free and open to students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members who are interested in learning about startups and entrepreneurship. It is also an excellent opportunity for early-stage startups to familiarize themselves with StartUP FIU. 


MARC Building 3rd Floor

Keep Up Your Guard: Cyber Threats & How to Protect Your Business

Keep Up Your Guard: Cyber Threats & How to Protect Your Business




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Chase and the Florida SBDC at FIU are joining forces to expand the “Connecting Minds” event series in Miami — a new series designed to help small business owners bolster their success through access to relationships, experts in critical topics, and resources to fund and grow their businesses.


The theft of digital information has become the norm in today’s society.  Attendees will receive key insights on the cyber threat landscape and learn best practices on how to protect their businesses from cyber attacks. 


Panelists include top experts from the U.S. Secret Service, the State of Florida, Chase, Florida International University and other IT Security professionals.

StartUP FIU Pitch Day

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You are cordially invited to attend StartUP FIU’s Pitch Day on December 6, 2016! Pitch Day is an important milestone for our inaugural Empower Accelerator Program cohort. By this day, our teams will have successfully completed our 14-week Empower Accelerator program. They would have participated in nearly 30 presentations and workshops, taken part in critical mentoring and business advice, presented their required weekly deliverables in preparation for this one day. On December 6th, you will have the opportunity to see our teams pitch to potential investors. For more information about our teams, click here.

Please RSVP to indicate your attendance at Pitch Day or tune in via webcast at webcast.fiu.edu. Thank you for your support of StartUP FIU!

Pitch Day Schedule
8:30 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Pitches
10:30 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Pitches
12:30 p.m. Event Ends

About StartUP FIU: StartUP FIU is an initiative focused on developing traditional and social entrepreneurship among students, faculty/staff, alumni, and the South Florida community. Its Empower Accelerator Program is a 14-week accelerator program, consisting of a robust curriculum, critical mentoring and business advice, and weekly team deliverables. Each week of the program is based on a theme around which lectures and events are scheduled. Successful entrepreneurs from the Miami community provide mentorship to each team. Teams meet with their mentors on a weekly basis to discuss the strategies and skills needed to advance each team’s vision. Those who successfully complete the program are given the opportunity to pitch their startups to potential investors in week 14.

Speaker Series: What A Wharton Investor Looks For In A Company?

Speaker Series- Spend Money to Make Money

How do you convince investors that your startup is a winner? Come to our Speaker Series December 1st, 2016 to listen to Rahul Kothari speak about how he and his company provide investors with more diversification and investing options and what they look for in investable companies.

Who is Rahul Kothari?

Rahul Kothari is a Founder and Senior Partner of Ironview Capital Management. He joined the firm via the Carlyle Group. Prior to this, Rahul held various roles in late-stage private equity at the Aurora Capital Group, investment banking at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (now Credit Suisse), consulting at Bain & Company and held leadership positions at various entrepreneurial ventures.

Rahul earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Biochemistry and an Honors BA from the University of Western Ontario. He currently serves on the Boards of the Miami Children’s Museum, CityScience and the Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York.


6:00 pm – Registration 
6:30 pm – Speaker Series 
7:30 pm – Q&A
7:45 pm – Networking

What is StartUP FIU?
StartUP is an initiative focused on creating traditional and social entrepreneurship among students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. We help create and grow traditional companies, high-tech ventures, and social enterprises. 

Who should attend?
Our seminar series is open to students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members who are interested in learning about startups and entrepreneurship. It is also an excellent opportunity for early-stage startups to familiarize themselves with StartUP FIU.


MARC Pavilion

Black Tech Week @ BBC

Black Tech Week was established in 2014 to provide more impactful programming around Black History Month. In addition to celebrating innovators of color, the event aims to change the narrative surrounding our community and replace it with innovation, creativity and technology. The event includes a three-day technology summit from Feb. 17-19 featuring leading tech innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The event is free for FIU students.