The envelope please … Announcing the AVCC presenting companies; 7 are from South Florida

The moment many startups have been waiting for: Florida International University’s Americas Venture Capital Conference has selected its presenting companies. Seven of the companies are from South Florida.

The presentations are a high point of the two-day conference of speakers, panels, networking and deal-making. AVCC will be Dec. 13-14 at Miami’s JW Marriott Brickell and hosted by the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center and FIU College of Business.

More than 100 companies applied this year to present their ventures to the AVCC’s audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, consultants and entrepreneurs and compete for $70,000 in cash and prizes.

Faquiry Diaz Cala, co-chair of AVCC and president of Tres Mares Group, explained that this year the selection committee worked with leading global accelerators and incubators — such as Telefonica’s Wayra, NXTP Labs, Start-up Chile, SUMA Conectivo and others. “With their access to new and exciting companies, they worked to put the very best of Latin America and the U.S. into the competition,” he said.

So far 25 companies representing 11 countries have been selected and confirmed to present. Three more companies will be added to the list in the coming days, said Diaz Cala. “We looked for true innovation, proven management teams and the ability to scale and become pan-regional players.”

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Read more of “The envelope please … Announcing the AVCC presenting companies; 7 are from South Florida” by The Miami Herald.


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