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Startup Nation Conference

Meital Stavinsky (Shareholder Greenberg Traurig), Leandro Finol (Executive Director of The Idea Center), and Michal Niddam-Wachsman (Consul for Economic Affairs – U.S. Southern Region Government of Israel)

Startup Nation Conference is a collaboration between the Idea Center at Miami-Dade College and Tel Aviv University in Israel with the support of the Knight Foundation. The goal of the initiative is to connect Tel Aviv – the world’s most successful innovation tech community after Silicon Valley- with Miami’s startup ecosystem.

The first edition of the conference took place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami on May 17, 2016. Throughout the day, the attendees were invited to presentations by the leading tech companies from Israel, panel discussions, and after-hours networking events.

While the inaugural Startup Nation Conference was considered a success by its organizers, it is difficult to ignore the low participation of women entrepreneurs. The conference was dominated by all-male panel discussions and featured only two female presenters among twenty-seven speakers. Women also are a noticeable minority among the members of the advisory board of the event (two out of eighteen). Nevertheless, it made us proud to see a stellar Miami girl Meital Stavinsky of Greenberg Traurig taking an active part in the event.

The closing party of the conference was hosted by Ofer Mizrahi – a visionary developer and founder of Miami’s only sustainably designed district IronsideMiami Girls Foundation is grateful to Mr. Mizrahi and Leandro Finol for their invitation to co-host the evening at Ironside, which presented a great opportunity for us to give visibility to Miami’s community of women entrepreneurs.  

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Guests of the Startup Nation Conference during the closing party at Ironside.

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Nelly Farra (Director of The WIN Lab), Ofer Mizrahi (Founder of Ironside), Karl Goodhew (Head of Technology at YellowPepper), and Leandro Finol (Executive Director of The Idea Center) giving opening remarks during the closing party at Ironside.

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Ekaterina Juskowski (Founder of Miami Girls Foundation), Nimrod Cohen (Speaker, Founder of PLUS Venture), Matt Haggman (Programs Director of Knight Foundation), and Ariel Roman-Harris (Director of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel to Florida&Puerto Rico in Miami)

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Gilad Oppenheimer (Speaker, Founder&CEO of Green O.C), Moti Elyashiv (Speaker, Director of New Rocket), and Mikhaile Solomon (Founder of Prizm Art Fair)

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Luisa Santos (Founder of Lulu’s Ice Cream), Karyne Bury (Program Manager of The Idea Center), and Neima Eichenholz (WatchIndia TV)

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Nadav Naaman (Speaker, Founder&CEOof Docady), Nir Daube (Speaker, Founder of Cimagine Media), Dr. Ido Sella (Speaker, Founder&CTO of ECOncreteTech LTD ), Liat Sade-Sternberg (Speaker,CEO of Fusic).

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Ekaterina Juskowski (Founder of Miami Girls Foundation) and Luisa Santos (Founder of Lulu’s Ice Cream)

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“There are new relationships being built between Miami and Tel Aviv and you’re seeing that played out. And this is just the beginning.”

Matt Haggman, Program Director at Knight Foundation
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Ofer Mizrahi (Founder of Miami Ironside), Nimrod Cohen (Speaker, Founder of PLUS Ventures) , Leandro Finol (Executive Director of The Idea Center), and Matt Haggman (Program Director of Knight Foundation)