TheVentureCity brings Google Launchpad to Miami


TheVentureCity’s Miami campus will host 12 startups during 5 days in an intense acceleration program with Google. This is the first time this workshop takes place in the United States outside of Silicon Valley with the aim of boosting the growth of startups in emerging tech hubs

Starting in March, from Monday 18th until Friday 22nd, 12 startups will enter the launch platform prepared by Google and TheVentureCity. What’s the mission? Generating hypergrowth for these companies. To achieve it, the companies will address challenges related to product, engineering, growth, and the use of data in decision-making and culture.

The intensive program follows the method created by Google for Developers, with the support of TheVentureCity, and further entrenches Miami as an international startup launcher. From its start, TheVentureCity has invested in 18 companies and accelerated the growth of 14 businesses that gather talent from 17 different nationalities.

For Rosa Jiménez Cano, Chief Ecosystem Relations at TheVentureCity, this is a great opportunity to “emphasize what’s happening in Miami, a point of convergence for the United States, Europe and Latin America. A city created by immigrants that looks towards the future with excitement and where women lead the tech industry.”

Miami is the first city to host GoogleLaunchpad Start in the United States outside of Silicon Valley. The program takes place in San Francisco, Israel, South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. The partnership with TheVentureCity has drawn attention to Miami as an emerging global tech hub.

TheVentureCity Campus in Little Havana.

Francisco Solsona, Regional Lead SP LATAM at Google and one of the mentors of the event, states that:

“We still don’t know the ecosystem in Miami, but we’re aware that something is happening that we must focus on and maximize. For this reason, the Launchpad Start event will generate value for entrepreneurs and mentors that participate in this event, this is the perfect vehicle to consolidate collaboration that positively impacts the growing number of companies with high growth in the area. This is only the first step.”

Startups will work with a group of industry leaders who have agreed to mentor the event, including Michael Dorka, UX at OLX and Juan Lombana, Google Developer Expert Marketing. TheVentureCity’s leadership team, including Monica Simo Black, Patricia de Loro, Víctor Servín, Ekaterina Skorobogatova, Ricardo Sangion, Santiago Canalejo, David Smith, Clara Bullrich and the CEO and founder Laura González - Estéfani , will also be leading workshops and mentoring startups.

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The chosen startups to boost their growth are:

  • Coffunity (El Salvador): App that allows users to comment and share ratings on daily coffee, it creates a community around this beverage and generates interaction networks.
  • DoWallet (Miami): DoWallet is the first platform created to manage crypto assets and investment portfolios in cryptocurrencies.
  • Peoople (Spain): “App to discover through the lens of influencers any kind of theme, product or recomendations, based on the trusting network of contacts such as friends, family or favorite public figures.”
  • 1DOC3 (Colombia): Platform that offers the best online medical advice in Spanish. Ask anonymous health-related questions and receive answers from doctors.
  • Horbito (Spain): Plataform that unifies web/SaaS apps (owned or third party) and virtual apps that users use in a unique online desktop.
  • Gaming Frog (Miami): Startup that provides a platform for both professional and non-professional gamers to participate in e-sports tournaments. All users compete in the same platform in an organized and simple way.
  • WOOM Fertility (Spain): Company framed in the new market of technologies based on women’s health called Femtech, which was created on the conviction that technology can enable couples to be parents in a faster way.
  • Daycation (Miami): Marketplace that allows booking experiences in 5-star hotels for just one day. It offers direct access to places that are usually only allowed for hotel guests.
  • Fanatiz (Chile): Fanatiz is a live and on-demand sports streaming service in which you can access soccer games and favorite teams in HD through several devices: Web, App iOS and Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Roku.
  • Fastmind (Venezuelans in Miami): Viralization tool that allows creators to share their pieces in different platforms (for example, a song) through a single link. (TVC)
  • Caribu (Miami): The education platform helps parents, family, and mentors read and draw with children when they’re not together. It provides an engaging livestream shared-screen experience in a carefully designed, platform with an in-app bookstore containing hundreds of books, in six languages, and educational workbooks with interactive drawing overlays.
  • Sustalytics (Miami): has assembled a technology that has never been leveraged by the fashion industry. Today retail fashion companies overproduce as they are not able to forecast adequately with legacy tools. We tell brands before the game which cards to play, predicting which products the customer wants.

The sessions will start at 9am on March 18th at The Venture City -2234 SW 8th St, Little Havana Miami, FL 33135.