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Venture Hive Launches a New Accelerator Program

MIAMI: Venture Hive is proud to celebrate its newest cohort accelerator program that launched on May 21, 2018. In its fifth local program iteration, Venture Hive has inverted the traditional model of what an accelerator should "look and feel" like and now offers education, mentoring, and pitch practice at scale and across the world. The program continues to maintain its underpinnings of world-class curriculum and content, access to best-in-class business leaders, and a validated methodology of program execution while also providing it to anyone across the world (virtually) through Flitepath. Participants can choose to participate remotely or live at our office. To get more information about our accelerator, please visit our website. Applications are open all year long, and Venture Hive reviews applicants on a rolling basis. Founders and their teams can choose to participate in the accelerator individually or can wait to join cohorts, which occur 2-3 times per year. We can't wait to continue our work in supporting entrepreneurs at whatever phase of business development and wherever they may be across the globe! Stay tuned for more news about our participants!

Spring Accelerator 2018 Company Spotlight: IKONA

NEW YORK: IKONA's Chairman, Dr. Kimon Bekelis, was honored at the American Heart Association's annual gala on Long Island, New York. Dr. Bekelis became the first neurosurgeon to receive the association's prestigious Neurological Science Award. The tremendous support and leadership of IKONA's board has enabled the company to innovate and push the boundaries of new frontiers in healthcare and technology.

Tim Fitzpatrick, CEO of IKONA, is now an alum of Venture Hive's 2018 Spring Startup Accelerator program. Based in New York City, NY, IKONA creates immersive content and mixed reality applications designed to transform the patient experience and train the next generation of healthcare providers. Working at the intersection of storytelling, healthcare, and technology, IKONA collaborates closely with medical institutions to identify their needs and implements research-backed solutions that have been clinically proven to decrease patient stress and increase patient satisfaction. To learn more about IKONA, please visit their website.

Spring Accelerator 2018: An Announcement from VinChain

GRAND CAYMAN:  "We’re elated to have competed in the prestigious 2018 World Tokenomic Forum Sandcastle Startup Challenge in Grand Cayman. VINchain edged out 121 teams representing blockchain-related startups to win a spot as one of 16 finalists. The challenge provided ample opportunity to interface with other future-looking revolutionaries, network with potential partners and see the latest advancements in blockchain offerings. 

We’re also overjoyed to welcome a valuable new advisor to the VINchin team, Jon Arnett. He’s worked with many automotive manufacturers and has years of experience with dealerships and partners. His extensive resume includes Auto Data, Car Proof Canada and Carfax Canada. Jon was responsible for successfully launching Carfax in Canada after the company’s previous three attempts. Mr. Arnett now runs Contact Once, a digital messaging company for OEMs and dealerships and is excited to bring control of auto data to the user as part of the VINchain team." - Alex Miles, CEO and Founder of Vinchain

VinChain is creating a worldwide decentralized database of vehicle information that is 100% transparent, reliable, and accessible by everyone. This database is blockchain based, which will guarantee that the information in it has not been faked, changed, or deleted. The blockchain guarantees full transparency and builds trust in the system. VinChain participated in our 2018 Spring Accelerator Program.

Where Are They Now? QEMPO

LIMA: Qempo is a Peer to peer cross-border marketplace that connects buyers who want to purchase from overseas with travelers who are flying to the buyer's destination. Anson Tou, CEO, and Founder of Qempo successfully completed Venture Hive's 2014 Accelerator Program. Anson decided to move back to Peru and invest and develop Qempo's technology in 2015. Since then, they have been able to develop their own platform from the ground up and were named Best E-commerce Startup in Perú by Visanet and Seedstars World from Switzerland in 2016, and LATAM Entrepreneur of the Year by MIT Technology Review in 2017. Anson was the only Peruvian entrepreneur in MIT’s Innovators Under 35 List last year. 

Qempo changed their business model into a marketplace connecting buyers who want to purchase from overseas in LATAM with travelers who are flying to the buyer’s destination, providing the warranty needed and also the distribution of payments. With this model, they were able to scale services and automate systems, and this year, they are starting to offer our platform across LATAM. Qempo is planning on returning to Miami to establish an operations center for all Latin America, with the technology team to remain in Peru.

Stay tuned to other great stories from our accelerator alumni!

eMerge Americas 2018 Recap

MIAMI: eMerge Americas successfully concluded its fourth convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center with over 10,000 attendees from across the Americas, Europe and Asia on April 23-24, 2018. eMerge Americas connects Latin America, North America and Europe and gathers the brightest minds in the tech world in Miami to discuss the digital revolution and how it impacts companies, economies and society is reinventing Innovation in the Americas.

Venture Hive proudly supports eMerge Americas and Visa by stewarding over 100 selected companies to participate in the Startup Showcase. Participating founders came from across the globe come to Miami to compete for prizes and showcase their companies in three categories: University Stage, Early Stage, and Later Stage. Venture Hive supported entrepreneurs for eight weeks prior to the convention with weekly webinars hosted by our team and subject matter experts covering topics such as Digital Marketing, Sales, Strategic Partnerships, Finance Considerations for Startups, Leadership, and more. In conjunction with eMerge Americas leadership, Visa, Morgan Stanley, Branger Briz, SeriesOne, 500 Startups, and Eisner Amper, Venture Hive coordinated the Startup Bootcamp on April 22, 2018, for all Showcase participants where a day of high-impact workshops and networking opportunities were made available to everyone before the convention kickoff. 

We would like to congratulate all participants for being selected to tell your startup story and showcase your company in front of such a huge audience. TidBit Social won the Startup Showcase "Fan Favorite" award. Babylon Micro-Farms was the top-5 finalist representing the University Stage segment in the final pitch competition. Daycation and Statusphere represented the Early Stage segment in the final pitch competition. Xendoo and CancerAid represented the Later Stage segment in the final pitch competition. A special round of congratulations for Xendoo, and their co-founder Lillian Roberts for an incredible pitch and being selected as the 2018 Startup Showcase winner! Xendoo is an online accounting and bookkeeping service dedicated to small business owners and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Congratulations to eMerge Americas and their leadership team on hosting another amazing convention and to all the startup participants for making 2018 the best Startup Showcase to date!

Award-Winning Campaigns. Pure Magic! 

MIAMI: Asombro Extremo co-founders Marcos Amadeo and Julian Avila are Argentinian award-winning illusionists known for their amazing showmanship and events that have captivated audiences across North and South America for years. In addition to their talents in illusion and magic, Marcos and Julian participated in our 2016 Venture Hive Accelerator with their advertising agency rooted in the principles of magical amazement and technological integrations for clients for any client. 

Since their 2016 Accelerator participation, Asombro Extremo has continued an amazing run of campaign launches across the world for companies like Santander, Credomatic,  American Express, Sony Music and Mercedes Benz. Their most recent work with Sony Music to advertise the launch of Carlos Vives and Sebastian Yatra's newest single "Robarte un Beso" has been a critical success and they won awards from the AME Awards New York Festival, Webby Award Honoree and were mentioned in a music magazine from the UK naming their campaign as one of the best in the world for the deployment of video clips in 2017. They also won the Mobile Marketing Award for the most effective campaign of the year.

They are ramping up their efforts before the 2018 World Cup in Russia and launching campaigns with companies such as CHUBB, Sprint, Antel, Samsung, and Netflix alongside globally-known soccer stars of the past and present, such as Carlos Valderrama, Gabriel Batistuta, and Luis Suarez.

We can't wait to see what they will come up with next. To learn more about Asombro Extremo, please visit their website
Photo courtesy of Music Ally, 2017 
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