Entrepreneurship

Paola Mendez, the heart behind Coral Gables Love & South Florida Bloggers

“I just really like it when people get along and hug each other” expresses, South Florida blogger and small business owner, Paola Mendez – A warm hearted and briskly cheerful personality. “While growing up my family always stuck close together to help one another in accomplishing goals.” She hopes that by supporting local businesses, through Coral Gables Love, she will

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SERGE ELKINER of Yellow Pepper – Navigating the Miami Startup Ecosystem

Serge Elkiner Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Serge Elkiner is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of YellowPepper,an innovative company that provides mobile-banking and payment solutions across Latin America. Under Serge’s leadership, YellowPepper is revolutionizing the banking and payments industry by making mobile payments a reality. His unique vision is bearing fruit forging partnerships with major banks, financial institutions and business enterprises alike. Across the region,YellowPepper

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THRIFTER Miami Startup Journey

OCT met up with Victor Gosa, this cool and genuinely hip guy is making waves across the inter-webs with thriftermia.com. His story to make it happen, is as rad as it comes and speaks to the entrepreneurial spirit blossoming in the magic city. Awesome photos by the great Michael Alexander and amazing creative directing by Hope Kauffman! OCT: How was Thrifter founded? It was founded

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Grasp Learning Co-Founders, Gary & Valerie Berman

Gary and Valerie Berman are the co-founders of Grasp Learning, a pioneering after school program that provides academic support and enrichment to children with hands on tutoring and tech. Our City Thoughts: Why did you create in Miami? Gary We’ve been in the Miami community for almost 40 years, and we’re seeing that Miami is just at the precipice of something

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Ebonie Mukasa Miami Social Entrepreneur

Ebonie Mukasa – The Challenges and Triumphs of Being a Miami Social Entrepreneur Words & Images: Ilana Berman Social entrepreneurs are the new philanthropists. They are individuals who, through innovative business practices, find solutions to the problems that vex our communities, states, and countries. Founder of CLOAK INC, Ebonie Mukasa, is a social entrepreneur committed to putting the mission before the

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FEAST MIAMI – dinners that micro-fund arts ventures

Raising capital for your budding business just became delicious.  FEAST Miami, a grassroots organization is cooking up an arts revolution, holding vegan dinners that micro-fund arts ventures—And chef Loren Pulitzer is the one behind the scenes, cooking up the revolution. Here’s how it works: you and your friends pay what you can to sit down for a vegan dinner at

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Hugh Macleod – Cartoons Crafting Next-Gen Entrepreneurs 

University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center looks a little brighter these days. Maybe it’s because of the new building. Or perhaps it’s the smiles of recent graduates glad to be rid of homework. But one new development stands out among the rest: the opening of a permanent exhibition featuring 80—that’s right, 80—artworks by the cartoonist Hugh Macleod. These playful, colorful

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