Venture Hive opens Applications for its 2016 Winter Accelerator Class

Venture Hive is currently accepting applications for its 2016 Winter Accelerator Class. On its fourth year, this initiative sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and Miami Dade County, will host ten selected high growth businesses for a period of 12-weeks. Selected companies will receive a $25,000 non equity grant, a world-class curriculum of highly practical workshops and training sessions, dedicated space in our collaborative offices in Downtown Miami for six months, mentoring from a vetted network of local, national and international entrepreneurs and experts, exposure to qualified investors and a Demo Day.

Participating companies must have:

  1. An innovative web or mobile technology solution applied to the Creative Industries (art, design, music, photography, etc), Finance, Healthcare, Hospitality & Tourism or Trade & Logistics solutions,

  2. Initial customers and revenue streams

  3. No more than $500,000 in external funding

  4. A team of two to four English speaking founders with complementary backgrounds who will commit to spending the 12 weeks of the program full time in Venture Hive’s Accelerator space in Downtown Miami.

The Venture Hive Winter Accelerator class will run from Feb. 29 – May 20. Applications are open until Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.. Selected companies will be announced on Jan. 28.

Castaclip Makes Top Ten List of Growing Companies in Germany 

Castaclip which operates iLoveVideo.tv, a Venture Hive incubator company, was recently named a top ten fastest growing company in Germany.  The study was conducted by Focus Magazine in partnership with Statista for the 500 fastest growing companies in Germany between 2011 and 2014. 

Castaclip ranked in at number seven on the list with an average sales growth of 183 percent per-year over the four-year period of the study. According to Focus Magazine the list is important because it honors companies that give economic and social impetus, create new jobs and ensure growth to the German economy. 

Castaclip operates an ad-funded video destination, iLoveVideo.tv, in 22 countries and in 4 languages and has incubated Tweek.me, a next-generation mobile video messaging platform where consumers communicate through video in real time, launching in the United States in 2016.

Art in Komuns
A fun, interactive art making event for the entire family 

Art in Komuns is a hands-on, family friendly, interactive event focused on unplugging kids from technology and reconnecting with them by sharing real-life experiences. For six-hours, families will have the opportunity to move from one interactive experience to another while collaborating in different art projects. There will be numerous demonstrations, live music, conferences from experts, and a dining area where guests can purchase healthy meals.
Guests will be able to paint their own canvas with the guidance of professional artists, color on a giant mural, draw with charcoal, decorate a gingerbread Miami Skyline, assemble 3D Miami icons and participate in many more fun and unique activities!

Admission: $10 Per person, $40 Per Family, Free for Children age 3 or younger.

For more information please visit www.ArtinKomuns.com

Venture Hive - Techweek Pitch Competition

Venture Hive has partnered with Techweek to host a pitch competition Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. The competition is part of a week-long event, Dec. 7 - 13, leading up to Techweek's National Launch Championship - a battle royal of launch champions from Miami, Detroit, Kansas City, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles. The winning startup company will be crowned the National Winner of Techweek Launch 2015, and will earn the right to an equity investment of $50,000.

Click here for more information about Techweek events.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m


Maker to Pro Brownbag Series

Miami Innovation Center
 1010 NE 2nd Ave 
Miami, FL 33132
Recurring Event - Free Admission
11:55 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This new brown bag series is aimed at taking your Maker and IoT skills to the next level by diving deep into Electronics, Internet Connectivity, 3D printing and rapid development.  During this hands on series, everything you need to get started will be made available from Raspberry Pi’s to Laptops to wires and even 3D printed parts.  Topics will rotate but follow the same scheme.

December 1 - Intro to Electronics/Sensors

December 8 - Connected Devices:

December 15 - Data Analysis

December 22 - 3D Printing and Design


The Entrepreneur Mindset 

Entrepreneurship Growth Series

Monday, Dec. 14th. 

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  - Refreshments
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Seminar

139 Brooks St. SE
Fort Walton Beach, Fl. 32548

The first of the Entrepreneurship Growth Series, "The Entrepreneur Mindset" with Venture Hive founder and CEO, Dr. Susan Amat, will focus on how business-service providers can understand the start-up mentality and better serve small business entrepreneurs as they grow and scale their venture. This seminar is ideal for lawyers, financial advisors, human resource specialists and other service providers that wish to understand new ways to work with entrepreneurs. 

The Entrepreneur Growth Series is made possible by a partnership between Venture Hive, The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County and the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. 

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