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The IDB and Miami Dade College select eighteen startups from Latin America, the Caribbean and South Florida to participate in Demand Solutions Miami 2017

Miami Dade College (MDC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will host Demand Solutions Miami on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami.

Eighteen startups in design, fashion, gastronomy, music and multimedia have been selected to participate in a one-of-a-kind conference that will highlight innovation and entrepreneurship that improves lives.

The event will bring together some of the world’s most creative minds to discuss, inspire, and share innovative solutions to tackle development challenges, specifically through the creative and cultural industries.

This year’s selection includes 13 startups from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as 5 from South Florida. A founder from each of the companies will travel to Miami to participate in Demand Solutions’ pitch competition, where they will present their projects to the audience and a judging panel to compete for prizes. The founders will also take part in two days of activities with innovators, mentors, entrepreneurs and investors, organized by MentorDay.

A panel of specialists selected participants from a pool of more than 300 applicants from 27 countries who responded to an open call.

Though it is the fifth time IDB has organized a startups competition, for the first time, most CEOs participating will be women, reflecting a rising number of female entrepreneurs and the IDB’s effort to encourage applications from women founders.

The selected startups from Latin America and the Caribbean and their representatives are:

Considered by Fortune magazine as the number two U.S. city for startups in the United States, Miami is the strategic catalyst to position Latin America and the Caribbean as the Creativity Hub and to connect thriving innovation ecosystems.

The selected startups from South Florida and their representatives are:

A startup from Haiti will be invited to present its work and participate in the mentorship sessions:

Other partners of the event include Santander Universities, Creative Business Cup, LatAm Startups and the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC Miami).

Anyone interested in creative entrepreneurship and innovation is welcome to attend Demand Solutions Miami at no cost. Registration is required.

To register and for more information, click here

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Doors open at 8 a.m.)
Pitch competition will begin at 5 p.m.
WHERE: MDC’s Wolfson Campus, Room 1261
300 N.E. Second Ave.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College is the largest, campus-based institution of higher education in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, and others. Its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960.

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