FIU to host Americas Venture Capital event

Creating a venue for innovative and emerging companies from South Florida and Latin America to attract venture capital investors, Florida International University is hosting the 2011 Americas Venture Capital Conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on Nov. 16-17.

FIU’s Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center and College of Business Administration are presenting the second annual conference, themed “Latin America: Building on Success.’’ About 500 participants are expected to attend, up from 350 last year, said Irma Becerra-Fernandez, vice provost for academic affairs at FIU, program co-chair and founder of the conference.

“We want to continue to create opportunities for companies to network with the investors that are going to help them grow,’’ she said. “This is about creating a community.’’

At the conference, entrepreneurs from South Florida and Latin America will present their business plans in an effort to raise funds from venture capitalists and investment groups. They also will have the chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes.

Presenting ventures include companies in agriculture and water quality; biotechnology, pharmaceutical and health; consumer products; energy and green technologies; entertainment; information, communication and Web technologies; natural resources; and education.

Read : ” FIU to host Americas Venture Capital event ” an article by The Miami Herald

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