South Florida Business Journal: Ventures Roundup: Center For Black Innovation Secures $2M Investment; Chewy Expands Pharmacy Business

The John S. James L. Knight Foundation is investing $1.5 million in the newly formed Center for Black Innovation in Miami.

Additionally, Comcast NBCUniversal is investing $250,000, and the social justice charitable organization Surdna Foundation is contributing $350,000, for a total of $2.1 million secured by the organization formerly known as Code Fever Miami.

View full article in South Florida Business Journal.

South Florida Business Journal: Elder Tech Startup Papa Signs Lease For New Headquarters In Miami’s Brickell

Papa, a “family-on-demand” technology platform for older adults and families, will relocate its headquarters ahead of a national expansion.

The startup signed a lease for 11,420 square feet at 66 S.W. Sixth St. in Miami’s Brickell with enough space for a maximum of 70 to 80 of its 150 full-time employees, including its executive team. About 50 employees were added during the pandemic as demand for its services grew, CEO Andrew Parker said.

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SVG News: DiGiCo Upgrades Productions For Miami’s VOUS Church With Quantum338 Mixing Console

Although Miami’s annual VOUS Conference has been taking place for more than a decade, VOUS Church first officially launched five years ago out of a weekly young adult gathering known as The Rendezvous, started by Trinity Church in Miami Gardens. Since then, VOUS Church has grown rapidly, expanding into two worship spaces—a 1,500-seat auditorium at iTech, Miami’s mega technology magnet high school, and a 500-seat hall at Jose De Diego middle school, just two miles to the south. But the real audience explosion has taken place virtually, especially during the pandemic, with the church now having an average of 40,000 viewers streaming services online each week.

View full article in SVG News.

Grand Rapids Business Journal: ‘Airbnb For Parking’ Opens To City Users

A Miami-based startup is helping Grand Rapids residents and businesses pocket extra cash by renting out their parking spaces.

Dubbed the “Airbnb of parking,” Prked is an online marketplace that allows individuals, businesses, homeowners associations and other establishments to rent out their unused, privately owned parking spaces. This allows hosts to earn extra income/revenue and contributes to convenient, cheaper and eco-friendly parking.

View full article in Grand Rapids Business Journal.

South Florida Business Journal: Knight Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Surdna Foundation Invest $2M In Miami’s Center For Black Innovation

The John S. James L. Knight Foundation is investing $1.5 million in the newly formed Center for Black Innovation in Miami.

Additionally, Comcast NBCUniversal is investing $250,000 and the social justice charitable nonprofit Surdna Foundation is contributing $350,000 for a total of $2.1 million secured by the organization formerly known as Code Fever Miami.

View full article in South Florida Business Journal.

Orlando Business Journal: Orlando Fintech Firm Finexio Lands Big Investment

A local fintech firm has closed one of Central Florida’s biggest investment deals of the year as it grows at a rapid pace. 

Orlando-based Finexio recently raised $23 million in a round led by New York-based investment firm Medalist Partners LP. The funds will allow Finexio to grow its local workforce and expand its customer base as demand for financial technology services grows. 

View full article in Orlando Business Journal.

Miami Herald: This Miami Company’s Devices Power Global Brands — But You’ll Likely Never See Its Logo

Stores, restaurants, hospitals — nearly every business relies on devices likescanners and tablets to check prices, track tasks and monitor inventory. But many organizations have device and technology requirements too specific for big consumer electronics brands to fill.

That’s where Miami-based Social Mobile comes in.

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South Florida Business Journal: Ghost Kitchens Heat Up

In this kitchen, there are no waiters hollering out orders. The cook checks a tablet for his next job.

Once the order is ready, he packs it in disposable containers before it’s bagged up tight. Outside the kitchen, there are no tables filled with hungry patrons; just an Uber Eats driver waiting to bring it to someone’s home.

View full article in South Florida Business Journal.

The Boca Raton Tribune: South Florida Still Tech Startup Hub Despite COVID Pandemic

Startup hubs are often associated with cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and even Austin, Texas. However, more tech startup founders are looking south. South Florida to be exact. From Miami to Boca Raton, South Florida is attracting more tech startups, despite the COVID pandemic.

South Florida as a tech startup hub was something quite popular a few years back. But with COVID and the economic uncertainty the pandemic has ushered in, news of the area’s startup boom has taken a backseat.

View full article in The Boca Raton Tribune.

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