Entrepreneurship as Economic Development

Entrepreneurship as Economic Development

In 2020, six of the county commissioners will term out and their seats will be open for election. For those unfamiliar, the role of the county commission is to make laws for Miami-Dade County, create policy solutions to our most challenging problems, and allocate resources in our $7B budget. At its most effective, this board should be able to work together to bring us much closer to solving transit, affordable housing, economic development, and climate change preparedness.

Finconecta, A Miami-Based Company, Selected at Milan’s Endeavor International Selection Panel

Finconecta, A Miami-Based Company, Selected at Milan’s Endeavor International Selection Panel

A marketplace for the fintech industry has been added to Endeavor Miami’s growing portfolio of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Endeavor Miami announced today that Finconecta is now the 22nd active Endeavor Miami company, after being selected at Endeavor Global’s 80th International Selection Panel (ISP), held in Milan, Italy from June 27-29th. The company was founded in 2016 by Jorge Ruiz and Mauricio Lorenzetti.

El boliviano Jorge Ruiz fue elegido como emprendedor Endeavor

El boliviano Jorge Ruiz fue elegido como emprendedor Endeavor

CIC Client FinConecta chosen as Endeavor Miami’s 22nd company.

Finconecta, una empresa global de software empresarial que conecta y combina instituciones financieras y fintechs de todo el mundo, fundada por Jorge Ruiz y Mauricio Lorenzetti fue elegida como la 22ª compañía activa de Endeavor Miami, luego de ser seleccionada en el 80º Panel de Selección Internacional (ISP) de Endeavor Global, que se realizó en Milán-Italia, del 27 al 29 de junio.

Our third location in St. Louis is open!

One month ago,

clients moved into our third St. Louis location. We're excited to be able to support even more amazing thinkers and entrepreneurs in our brand new, beautiful space. Let's celebrate our one month anniversary by re-living 4220's incredible open house!

Haven't made it out to the new space yet? Come out and see us! Click below to set up a visit.

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Do you need to be in a coworking space? Use our checklist to find out!

In the big wide world of shared office space, coworking existed long before the phrase became trendy. And while there were coworking groups as far back as the 1960s, today the idea of sharing space and resources shines brighter than ever, giving entrepreneurs and service providers a single environment in which to work, socialize, and make connections.


But choosing a coworking space over other options (private desks, private suites, getting your own lease, working from home) can be tough.

How do you know if you’re ready for coworking?


1–12: Coworking sounds super cool, but for some other company!

You’ve already got an awesome space, a solid team, and all the perks, benefits, connections, and funding you could dream of, or you’re not even past the “getting a good idea” phase. Coworking is still trendy and amazing, and may have awesome events you'll still want to check out, but it's not the right fit for you...yet.


13–24: Coworking is a solid option!

You’re missing out on some key components, and can’t fill those needs in your current setup. It’s probably time to start searching for a coworking center near you and talking to their team about transitioning to a new space. Once you tick a few more boxes, you're going to want to move fast and start reaping the benefits of the coworking movement. 


25–36: Coworking is a must-have!

You are hurting for hires, famished for funding, barking for benefits, and pining for perks. Lucky for you, there are plenty of cool coworking spaces in your area, and you’re ready to move in today. There’s no time to waste!

Want to learn more about coworking and all its benefits? Click below to schedule a chat with one of our experts!

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Venture Café Miami and CIC Miami named finalists for 2018 Beacon Awards

Venture Café Miami and CIC Miami named finalists for 2018 Beacon Awards

The Beacon Council named Venture Café Miami and CIC Miami as finalists for the 16th Annual Beacon Awards, both in the category of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  These awards are bestowed on organizations and individuals who have made impact and demonstrated leadership in the categories outlined in the One Community, One Goal initiative.  





[Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2018]


CIC Philadelphia is excited to welcome new General Manager, Ravid Butz. Ravid brings over 20 years in business management to CIC Philadelphia, which is slated to open this fall at 3675 Market Street in uCity Square.

In his role as General Manager, Ravid is responsible for leveraging the physical space and resources of CIC Philadelphia towards growing and supporting regional startup and innovation communities.

“I love to grow and build companies, and wholeheartedly consider CIC an essential resource for startups.  I’m especially proud to mobilize CIC Philadelphia as an indispensable facility for scientific and technology innovation and entrepreneurship in our vibrant community. “-Ravid Butz

Ravid has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and an advisor. Among the companies he’s started, Ravid founded and operated PhotoLounge in Philadelphia, a retail company celebrating its 21st year of leadership in the Philadelphia photo market. He has consulted and mentored startups and established companies on new product launch and going to market. Ravid received his BA from Temple University and his MS Engineering and Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

“I am excited to welcome a leader of Ravid’s caliber into our steadily growing innovation ecosystem,” said Tim Rowe, CIC’s founder and CEO. “Ravid’s passion and knowledge will certainly help us continue to scale our mission of building innovation hubs in future-focused cities.”

In Philadelphia, Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) has joined forces with the University City Science Center to offer premium office and lab facilities including 20,000 square feet of full-service labs. CIC also offers access to a network of their members throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The partnership between CIC and the Science Center will strengthen the organization's’ collective ability to serve Philadelphia’s startups and serial entrepreneurs. Together, they aim to serve Greater Philadelphia by supporting a vibrant entrepreneurial community and offering access to opportunities to collaborate, learn, advise, and inspire each other. CIC is the oldest and largest convener of startup activity in The United States. Founded in Kendall Square, Cambridge in 1999, CIC now houses more than 1,700 companies in over 630,000 square feet of space across several cities in the US and Europe. CIC clients and affiliates have raised over $6 billion in venture capital and $4.5 billion in combined enterprise value at IPO or M&A exit.

For almost two decades, CIC has focused on strengthening vibrant communities, building collaborative work environments, and creating impactful programming to attract and support the very best entrepreneurs and their teams. CIC’s clients provide tomorrow’s answers to today’s problems--they renew economies, create gainful and rewarding employment opportunities, and frequently crack tough problems facing humanity.


More information & press contact: 

Sally Guzik, Senior Community Engagement Lead

p: 267-253-2207

e: guzik@cic.com

ROUND UP: Five articles about women, entrepreneurship, and venture capital to celebrate Women’s History Month

How was your Women's History Month? Ours was great! Let's close it out with five articles about women, entrepreneurship, and venture capital:


1. Meet Melanie Perkins, CEO of Canva

The close of a $40 million funding round makes Perkins the youngest woman to lead a $1 billion startup. Canva is a web-based design platform with over 10 million users. Learn more about Perkins and Canva at Quartz Media.


2. VC Stereotypes about men and women aren’t supported by performance data

Only 2.7 percent of venture capital-funded companies have a woman CEO. But according to a new study, stereotypes about women held by venture capitalists (like “women are risk-averse”, “women are reluctant to grow their business”, “women lack the resources for high growth”, and “women’s ventures underperform”) aren’t supported by performance data. This study also shows that VCs evaluate entrepreneurs differently based on gender. Read more here.


3. Meet Brazen Global

Brazen is a nonprofit (and CIC client) committed to “tearing down barriers for women entrepreneurs so they can successfully grow their own businesses”. Read our interview with Mindy Mazur, Executive Director of Brazen St. Louis, and check out this profile of founder and CEO Jennifer Ehlen by her alma mater.


4. Meet the women venture capitalists who are changing the face of investing

Women are still underrepresented in VC firms, and in 2017 their numbers remained mostly stagnant. Business Insider profiled women making waves and deals in VC firms in 2018. Read more here.


5. Women of color are starting businesses at record rates

Women of color receive virtually no venture funding - 0.2 percent. But all over the country, women of color are starting businesses. Between 2007 and 2012, businesses owned by black women increased by 66 percent. Read about women entrepreneurs from the Las Vegas Sun and Ag Funder News and stay inspired.