|[December 14, 2012]
FIU's AVCC Showcases Top Global Enterprises
MIAMI --(Business Wire)--
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 (News - Alert); 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
Trapezoid, a Miami company that provides hardware-based security
solutions for enterprise and cloud environment, 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
Cognicor, an innovative customer service management system based
in Spain, received the CP Capital Start-Up Company Prize: $10,000
in investment banking services.
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
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 (News - Alert)
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.
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