Weekly News
February 10, 2017
The Rice Business Plan Competition
Deadline- Fri. Feb. 10

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world's richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition.  It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Startups participating in the RBPC have gone on to raise more than $1.8 billion in capital and exit funds.
The deadline is TODAY, Fri. Feb. 10. To enter the competition, visit their website.
Brainfood Speaker Series
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Tues. Feb. 21
Gain insights from a leading entrepreneur in the community, at LAB Miami's Brainfood Speaker Series featuring Patrick J. McGinnis.

Patrick is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who is the author of the international bestseller, The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job.

For tickets, click here.   
Inspiring Philanthropy: Passion Meets Purpose
8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 9
The 2017 PhilanthropyMiami Conference is the most important annual gathering of executives and thought leaders who are driving the philanthropy sector in Miami-Dade County and South Florida.

Spend the day learning how social venture philanthropy is changing the local landscape and hear from innovative nonprofit leaders, board members, and donors. Be challenged. Be connected. Be inspired. Register today
Community Updates
Every Sunday & Wednesday 

Offices will be cleaned  Sundays and Wednesdays after 5 p.m.

If you would like your desk to be cleaned, please be sure that all items are cleared off. S tore your valuables in a safe place prior to cleaning.

If your trash cans need to be emptied on days when offices are not cleaned, please leave them outside your door to be collected.
Child Rescue Coalition's S econd  Annual Gala
6-10 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 17

Please join us in supporting the Child Rescue Coalition at their second annual fundraising gala.
All proceeds from tickets, donations, and auction purchases will go directly to "protecting innocence through technology." If you would like t o purchase tickets or sponsor the event, please click  here .
SUP-X: The Startup Expo
All Day Event
Mon. & Tues. Mar. 6-7

We are proud to partner with SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, a two day startup and early-stage conference and expo in Fort Lauderdale on March 6-7, 2017. Sign up today using our discounted registration codes below:

50% off General Admission:

25% off VIP Passes:

Learn more at:  www.sup-x.org  or info@sup-x.org
Venture Company Highlights
Mind&Melody Inc. Awarded D7 Nonprofit Grant

Congratulations to Mind&Melody Inc. for being a Miami-Dade District 7 Coconut Grove $9,000 nonprofit grant recipient!

Mind&Melody Inc. is also a finalist in PhilanthropyMiami's Shark Tank Competition on Thurs. Mar. 9. They will be pitching live and competing for the chance to win $10,000.  
Modulux Lighting Poised for Success

Modulux Lighting has advanced its LED lighting platform to create a compelling, best in class, multi-market product. The company has developed a versatile series of products that have strong potential in five emerging markets:
cannabis cultivation, vertical/urban farming, controlled environment agriculture (CEA), algae photo-bioreactors, and human centric lighting.

Most recently, Modulux added smartphone control which enables growers to customize lighting "on the fly." In addition, initial beta testing in Colorado has validated the effectiveness of their cannabis grow light. With further fine tuning and planned cost reductions, the company is poised to become a market leader in this space.

Aquaco Farms Finalist at Xcelerate Wellington 2.0

The Young Professionals of Wellington held Xcelerate Wellington 2.0 on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Wanderers Club. Four finalists, including Joe Cardenas, CEO of Aquaco Farms, pitched their companies to a panel of judges for the chance to win a $10,000 grant. Oceana Coffee came out the top winner of the night, followed by runner-up Aquaco Farms.

In addition, Joe, who serves as chairman of Discover The Palm Beaches, was recently featured in an article written by Fox Business. To read the article, click here.
Ilene Berg

Ilene Berg will be exhibiting at UBM Fashion's Footwear News Platform Convention in Las Vegas from February 21-23. If you or someone you know may be interested in attending or exhibiting, please visit UBM Fashion's website.

Ilene is currently in New York City, discussing licensing opportunities with G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. G-III represents major brands, including Calvin Klein, Andrew Marc, Karl Lagerfeld, Guess, and Kensie. Best of luck Ilene!
SQUEEZE App Available For Download

SQUEEZE has officially launched their money manager & savings app. Gain insight, reduce bills and save like a boss. Download it on the Apple App Store today.
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