Welcome!

Containers Expo Blog Authors: Liz McMillan, Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Zakia Bouachraoui

News Feed Item

FIU’s AVCC Showcases Top Global Enterprises

Florida International University’s (FIU) 2012 Americas Venture Capital Conference awarded Trapezoid Digital Security and Fotopigeon top prizes at closing ceremonies today. The conference brought together nearly 400 investors, ventures and other attendees to network at the JW Marriott Brickell. The 2012 AVCC was presented by the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center at the FIU College of Business.

The focus of this year’s conference, Data, Design & Dollars, brought 29 companies at various stages of development from throughout Latin America and Florida to present their ventures.

World-class speakers from the investment and tech communities addressed the audience, including Gerald Brady, managing director of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB); Richard Hale, Worldwide Executive Analytics and Information Warehousing for IBM; Gaston Legorburu, CEO of SapientNitro, and Dan Maccarone, co-founder of Charming Robot.

Hot topics at the conference included the need to establish an entrepreneur-driven infrastructure in Miami to foster venture growth, the role of a network of mentors and accelerators in the venture development process, and the importance of maintaining a meeting place in South Florida for the Latin American venture community.

“The tremendous reception to this conference by both entrepreneurs and top global investors reinforces our determination to create the infrastructure we need to have a true entrepreneurial ecosystem in Miami,” said Jerry Haar, director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and co-chair of the AVCC. “The need for greater mentoring, the development of accelerators and incubators—these elements, combined with the presence of an outstanding community support system, will drive Miami into world-class prominence as a center of innovation and entrepreneurial achievement.”

Trapezoid, a Miami company that provides hardware-based security solutions for enterprise and cloud environments, is the winner of the Tres Mares Innovation Prize, a $10,000 cash award and a work of innovative art by Iñaki Bonillas valued at $5,000.

Tampa-based Fotopigeon, a niche-market photo sharing and printing company, was awarded the Miami Innovation Fund Start-Up Prize of a $20,000 cash investment in the form of a term sheet. It also received the New Frontier Nomads Idea Validation and micro-MVP Prize: $10,000 in-kind services to validate, design and develop a winning startup’s mobile MVP.

itMD, a Miami cloud-based medical software company, received the CP Capital Later Stage Company Prize: $15,000 in investment banking services.

Cognicor, an innovative customer service management system based in Spain, received the CP Capital Start-Up Company Prize: $10,000 in investment banking services.

About FIU:

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

About the College of Business:

Florida International University’s College of Business, South Florida’s leading business school with unique expertise in international business, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, and a broad range of financial services, is the largest of the university’s professional schools. Among the college’s more than 36,000 alumni are some of South Florida’s most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate business courses in its R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business, and more than 2,000 graduate students study in its Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Graduate School of Business every year. Another 1,000 business professionals participate annually in one or more of its professional and executive education programs. For more information, visit http://business.fiu.edu.

About The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center:

The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center facilitates the entrepreneurial activities at Florida International University. The Center is supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the College of Business at FIU. The Pino Center, directed by Dr. Jerry Haar, has been designated a Kauffman Campus by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. For more information about the Pino Center, please visit www.entrepreneurship.fiu.edu or call 305-348-7156.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Predicting the future has never been more challenging - not because of the lack of data but because of the flood of ungoverned and risk laden information. Microsoft states that 2.5 exabytes of data are created every day. Expectations and reliance on data are being pushed to the limits, as demands around hybrid options continue to grow.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
As IoT continues to increase momentum, so does the associated risk. Secure Device Lifecycle Management (DLM) is ranked as one of the most important technology areas of IoT. Driving this trend is the realization that secure support for IoT devices provides companies the ability to deliver high-quality, reliable, secure offerings faster, create new revenue streams, and reduce support costs, all while building a competitive advantage in their markets. In this session, we will use customer use cases...