Venture Hive Veteran Entrepreneurs Present During The SWARM!

FORT WALTON BEACH, FL  – The Venture Hive Veterans Accelerator – the first endeavor of its kind for veteran owned businesses in Florida – hosted ‘The SWARM!’ as a culmination of its business-training program in Fort Walton Beach on Nov. 9. 

For the past three months, seven companies have been developing their businesses on-site through Venture Hive’s intensive program for veteran entrepreneurs. The event featured an introduction from Stan Connally, president and CEO of Gulf Power and closing remarks from City of Fort Walton Beach Mayor, Mike Anderson. 

"This single event represents a culmination of some great efforts from veteran entrepreneurs, from Venture Hive staff and mentors who further cultivated their talents, and from a community that has pledged its support for their individual visions,” said Anderson.

Recently the City of Fort Walton Beach was named a top ten city for Veteran entrepreneurs according to a survey conducted by USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation



Silicon Valley meets Latin America in Miami to discuss the markets, and trends in mobile user acquisition, growth, and monetization of mobile content, apps and mobile entertainment services. Network with innovators at the forefront of the mobile industry. Promote your brand among Latin American leading game and App developers and studios, brands, operators, ad networks, media agencies and app marketing platforms.

Venture Hive Presents

Global Entrepreneurship Week 

Breakfast with Lionel Carrasco
Monday, November 16, 2015
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Lionel started Leapfactor in 2010 with the idea to create a cloud based platform for business mobile Apps. Five years after Leapfactor continues to offer leading business Apps to help brands transform the way to touch their customers and how to enable their sales teams.


Breakfast with Roger Duarte 
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Forbes has recognized Duarte as a top entrepreneur in the 2012 edition of its annual “30 Under 30” list, and Bloomberg’s Businessweek named Duarte the “Stone Crab King” in 2013. In addition, Ponder magazine profiled Duarte in its “20 Under 40 Latinos Going Places” feature in 2013.

These event is sponsored by Endeavor and Venture Hive


 Endeavor is the only non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Our “mentor capitalist” model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 1,100+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. have created 500,000 high-value jobs and in 2014, generated $7.6 billion.

Venture Hive Presents

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Food Entrepreneurs

Monday, Nov 16 -  Friday, Nov 20
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Zalmi Duchman is the Founder of The Fresh Diet. He began operations on January 1, 2006, with three clients. While Zalmi "shopped and dropped," his wife "cooked and packed." Today, Zalmi has grown his business to become the largest US food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category - which now delivers meal plans to thousands of clients nationwide.

Consequently, Zalmi and The Fresh Diet have earned numerous prestigious accolades over the years, including making the Inc. 500 list consecutively in 2010 and 2011, The Forbes Top 20 Most Promising US Companies List in November of 2011, as well as being an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee in both 2011 and 2009.

Sessions available all-week:
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 16            
   Tuesday, Nov. 17              
Wednesday, Nov. 18      
 Thursday, Nov. 19         
 Friday, Nov. 20              

French IT company opens U.S.-LatAm office in Venture Hive

by Nancy Dahlberg
Miami Herald

The Beacon Council announced that Net Reviews, a France-based IT company opened an office at Venture Hive in downtown Miami to service the U.S. and Latin American markets.

Net Reviews created verified-reviews.com, a web solution that enables online retailers to collect and display genuine customer reviews.

 "Our objectives are to develop both the U.S. and LATAM markets," CEO Olivier Mouillet said. "We needed to employ people that know and speak both American [English] and Spanish languages. Miami is the best place to reach these markets and find this kind of valuable employee."

Net Reviews has more than 200 customers in South America and has already opened in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Peru, he said.

 The company invested $250,000 and is adding 22 direct jobs within three years, the Beacon Council said. The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade's economic development organization, assisted the tech company with site selection, research and marketing analysis, labor/training, business contacts and referrals. The IT sector has been the fastest growing sector of the seven targeted industries of the Beacon Council's One Community One Goal initiative.

With an accelerator, incubator and other programs, Venture Hive is an entrepreneurial hub in downtown Miami that is home to more than 30 companies from more than a dozen different countries. "The Venture Hive family is very diverse and to give a home and family to European entrepreneurs is a win-win for Miami-Dade County and for all of our resident startups," said Susan Amat, founder and CEO of Venture Hive.

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