Miami Dade College Announces Open Call for Most Innovative Startups in Latin America, the Caribbean and South Florida
MIAMI – Miami Dade College (MDC) in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is launching an open call to select the most innovative startups in the creative and cultural industries – what the IDB refers to as the Orange Economy – from Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Florida.
The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 4, at 5:59 p.m.
Demand Solutions Miami will take place at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, in downtown Miami this fall where the 12 best startups from Latin America and the Caribbean and the five most innovative startups from Greater Miami will be presented.
Participating ventures need to have an innovative product or solution to improve lives in the following categories:
DESIGN WITH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: urban, interior and industrial design. Graphic arts, illustration and toys. Wearable technology, accessibility and cultural identity expression. Co-creation between craftsmen and designers.
SUSTAINABLE FASHION: intelligent clothes, organic clothes, and accessories.
MULTIMEDIA TO SAVE THE WORLD: videogames, support media for digital content, virtual reality, 3D printing and interactive audiovisual content.
GASTRONOMY AS AN AGENT OF TRANSFORMATION: recovery of ancestral and native recipes. Fusion cuisine, environmentally minded restaurants and chefs.
STEREOTYPE-FREE MUSIC: cultural and ancestral preservation. Music as an education and language preservation tool.
This open call will award prizes to startups that have an innovative product or solution (not just an idea) that has already been launched, or a minimum viable product (MVP) with existing users.
Participating entrepreneurs must be over 18 years of age and be either founders or cofounders of startups with a minimum of one year and maximum of three years of operation and implementation/commercialization of their product or service.
One of the founders or cofounders of each of the selected startups will have the chance to present his or her solution before a jury of industry specialists and potential investors during the Demand Solutions Miami in Oct. 2017.
Winning startups from Latin America and the Caribbean will receive a subsidy covering their participation in Demand Solutions Miami. As part of their award, winners will attend a series of invitation-only events, workshops and lectures, as well as have the chance to network with peers and experts from creative and cultural industries.
To apply, visit Demand Solutions.