The X Funds Society Investment Summit Comes to Palm Beach with Seven Strategies from International Asset Managers

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Funds Society is organizing the X edition of its Investment Summit at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach.

During the event, which will be held on April 11 and 12, the asset managers AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Managers, BNY Mellon, Janus Henderson, Jupiter, M&G Investments and Vanguard, will share their outlooks and investment strategies.

After attending the presentations from our sponsors, the X edition of the Funds Society Golf Tournament will be held on the Champion Course.

Like every year, for attendees who do not practice golf we are preparing a very attractive agenda that will take place during the Golf Tournament.

The event is focused on professional investors covering the US Offshore market, for more information please follow the link.

Investment and Rodeo to Lead the IV Funds Society Investment Summit in Houston

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The upcoming February 29th will mark the IV Funds Society Investment Summit in Houston.

During the event, which will take place at the JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria, attendees will have the opportunity to hear presentations from Barings, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Brown Advisory, and MFS Investment Management.

The academic day will be highlighted by experts Frederick S. Bates, Managing Director at Becon; James Lydotes, Head of Equity Income and Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Newton; Madison Freeze, CIMA, Regional Investment Consultant at Brown Advisory; and Scott T. Edgcomb, CFA, Director, Investment Product Specialist at MFS Investment Management.

At the conclusion of the expert lectures, guests will be transported to NRG Stadium to enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo from the Funds Society’s private suite.

Seats are limited, so Funds Society is asking professional investors from the US Offshore market who are interested in attending to complete their registration at the following link.

Miami Fintech Club Launches with Inaugural Networking Event Featuring Keynote by Fintech Leader Hanoi Morillo

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The Miami Fintech Club announced its official launch and inaugural networking event on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 featuring a keynote presentation by globally renowned fintech leader Hanoi Morillo.

As an esteemed investor, executive, speaker, and author, Morillo will share her invaluable insights on driving innovation, growth, and digital transformation within the financial services industry during this special event marking the club’s debut.

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain perspective on exponential technologies, diversity in business, and strategies for achieving digital transformation from this highly respected thought leader, the press release said.

Founded by Scalto and Transcard, the club will be focused on connecting the area’s innovative fintech talent and enabling valuable networking.  The Miami Fintech Club provides a dynamic forum for leaders to exchange ideas, forge connections, and advance Miami’s status as a hub for financial services technology and innovation.

The inaugural Miami Fintech Club event will take place at 6:00 PM at PwC Miami Office and is exclusively for South Florida-based fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and others actively engaged in the region’s thriving fintech ecosystem.

For information about membership and attendance requirements for this launch event, visit the following link

Agri-Food Tech Series A Impact Startups Online Demo Day

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Agri-Food Tech U.S. & International Investor Readiness Program Online Demo Day for ACCREDITED INVESTORS ONLY

Sponsored by DLA Piper and Microsoft and hosted by Base Miami and Koi Group, at Mana Tech, we are thrilled to present our first Agri-Food Tech U.S. & International Investor Readiness Program Online Demo Day.

In this one-hour session, successful Series A Latin American Agri-Food Tech Impact companies will take the virtual stage to pitch their ventures and present their groundbreaking solutions as we wrap up our first Agri-Food Tech U.S. & International Investor Readiness Program.

We invite you to discover the future of agriculture and witness its transformative power firsthand. Let’s celebrate innovation and cultivate a brighter tomorrow together!

About Mana Tech

Based in Miami and powered by billionaire Moishe Mana, Mana Tech is establishing Miami’s ultimate international entrepreneurship hub where people and businesses can thrive. We create bridges between the best startup founders, world-class mentors, top-notch international experts, leading corporations, and savvy investors.

Who is presenting?

A tokenization platform that uses Blockchain technology to create stable coins backed by tangible underlying assets, focusing on Agriculture Commodities: Agrotoken

The first vertical farm company in Latin America that integrates and develops technology for a more sustainable production taking agriculture to locations where it doesn’t exist: Agro Urbana

An Argentinian Big Data company for agriculture that helps agronomists and farmers to adopt precision agriculture through an easy-to-use SaaS platform: Auravant

A Chilean nature-based solution for climate change dedicated to upcycling organic waste into high-value and sustainable food ingredients through technology: F4F

An AI-driven virtual crop advisor that helps farmers enhance yield while reducing CO2 emissions: Instacrops

A Brazilian Food-Tech company that innovated in producing plant-based dairy products: NoMoo

A Foodtech company that uses Data Science & Food Algorithms to create and launch, in record time, more nutritious, sustainable, and affordable products NutriCo.

An Agtech company based in Brazil that develops and sells solutions for improving the profitability and sustainability of livestock farming: Ponta

A company that develops 100% organic and residue-free technologies to help fruits achieve a 130% longer shelf life: SaveFruit

A Brazilian food-tech that innovates in the premium meat market, developing healthy and natural plant-based products to compete in a growing market with amazing taste and high levels of pea, lentil, and rice protein: The New

A platform that connects farmers and Agrifood/Forestry companies using Blockchain technology to streamline data collection and improve farming practices: Ucropit

A lending platform that provides access to capital for smallholder farmers, connecting them to all the players in the industry with cashless credits: Verqor

Miami NFT Week Returns to the 305 in March 2023

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The NFT gathering to hit the Web3 hub that is Southern Florida – Miami NFT Week – is returning to the 305 this March 2023.

Aiming to bridge the rapidly growing crypto-native communities emerging in Latin America, the United States and beyond, Miami NFT Week focuses on diversity, inclusivity and education in the NFT and Web3 space.

The three-day conference – organized and hosted by Non Fungible Events – will be held at Miami’s Mana Wynwood Convention Center from March 31 through April 2, 2023. The event – sponsored by TradeStation, as well as Fortune 500 companies MasterCard and Delta Airlines – will feature forward-looking discussion panels and exclusive networking forums on key topics in the NFT space, including music, gaming, professional sports and entertainment.

In a statement, Gianni D’Alerta, co-founder of Miami NFT Week and Non Fungible Events, offered enthusiasm for the forum’s unique programming aimed at encouraging the exchange of novel ideas for how to best utilize revolutionary NFT technology as a foundation for fostering enduring global relationships and spurring innovation in a wide variety of industries.

“You’re seeing interest in NFT technology exploding in both Latin America and North America, and it’s critical to bring these two communities together at an event like Miami NFT Week for collective creativity in building new platforms and protocols together and for forging long-lasting friendships that will make the blockchain and Web3 space a truly revolutionary movement,” said D’Alerta. “And I can’t think of a better location to do this than the city that has become so important for Web3 innovation and for melding together all the diverse and culturally exciting communities that span the Americas – that is, the City of Miami.”

Last year, Miami NFT Week garnered more than 5,000 in-person attendees. This year, it is expected to draw in an even larger crowd.

Additional programming details and speakers to be released soon.

For more information on how to attend Miami NFT Week, including how to purchase tickets, please visit


San Francisco Takes Top Spot in Schroders Global Cities Index

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San Francisco has this year secured the top spot in Schroders Global Cities Index, boosted by its world-leading venture capital industry. The Golden Gate City’s east coast counterpart, Boston, took second spot with London ranked third.

The elevation of San Francisco follows the introduction of a specific venture capital score to the Index. In short, the Innovation measurement, which previously assessed the strength of universities in a city, now also monitors the amount of venture funding directed to businesses in a specific location. 

San Francisco as the heartland of technology innovation, and Boston, as a biomedical innovation centre, have seen their rankings improve as a result of this score being introduced.

Schroders’ Global Cities Index seeks to rank global cities across four key criteria: Economic, Environmental, Innovation and Transport. It also aims to identify the cities which combine economic dynamism with world-class universities, forward-thinking environmental policies and excellent transport infrastructure.

In addition to London’s top three ranking, the next best-placed UK city was Manchester in 28th.

Hugo Machin, Portfolio Manager, Schroders Global Cities, said:

“San Francisco’s rise to first place as well as the strong performance of a number of US West Coast cities such as Seattle and Los Angeles, may come as a surprise given the net migration towards the US’ ‘Sun Belt’ cities that has been widely reported. However, the introduction of a venture capital score has significantly boosted their positions. 

“Today’s index shows that, despite the impact of the Pandemic and remote working, cities remain the economic drivers of the world economy. Their ability to provide collaborative spaces for work and deliver fantastic restaurants, theatre and retail experiences cannot be replicated online.

“In this context, cities will need to be armed with excellent transport links, affordable housing, green space and strong educational institutions to remain relevant. Furthermore, government policy will need to support the development of buildings that have excellent sustainability credentials.”

Risers and fallers

San Diego and Berlin were the only other two cities to have any meaningful movement in the top 30. Both scored well on venture capital funding and environmental policy.

Four Chinese Cities were also in the top 30, in spite of the well-documented lockdowns challenges. The index found that these cities’ strong Chinese universities and successful tech industries have sustained their rankings.

Indian and Indonesian cities also rose rapidly up the rankings. Cities such as Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta have benefited from an increased focus on technology and innovation, as well as highly-educated workforces. 

Funds Society announces its III Investment Summit in Houston

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Funds Society announces the third edition of the Funds Society Houston Investment Summit to be held on March 2nd, 2023 at the Intercontinental Houston Medical Center.

After listening to the investments ideas and the outlook of our sponsors, AXA Investment Managers, Janus Henderson Investors, MFS Investment Management, Manulife Investment Management and Voya Investment Management we will head to the Houston’s Livestock Show and Rodeo, where we will enjoy a rodeo show followed by Lauren Daigle’s concert from the Funds Society private suite.

Join us for a great investments retreat with a perfect mix of academics and one of the most traditional events in Texas.

If you are a professional investor and want to participate in the event, you can register through the following link.



Funds Society Organizes a Fundraising Gala in Miami to Support Hurricane Ian Victims

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The photo at the top of this article is of Sanibel Island, but it could be Key Biscayne or Brickell Key, Coconut Grove or Palmetto Bay, Miami Beach or Miami Shores.

Hurricane Ian was a terrible tragedy that has touched the hearts of the South Florida community and mobilized thousands of people to help.

“Ian’s devastation on the west coast of Florida cannot leave us indifferent. From Funds Society, and on behalf of the financial industry in South Florida, we want to support Global Empowerment Mission (GEM) once again this year in its work to help those affected by major disasters. This could be our neighborhood,” commented Funds Society’s executive partner and director, Alicia Jiménez de la Riva.

The event will be held on November 9th at 6:30 p.m. (Miami time) at the Rusty Pelican and all proceeds will be donated to GEM, which is raising funds to help cover the needs that Ian’s passage has left in the community.

Last year Funds Society raised more than $75,000 through GEM in aid for the victims of the Surfside landslide, and this year the goal is to raise money for the reconstruction of the hurricane damage.

This event is supported by MFS Investment Management and NinetyOne as Diamond Sponsors. In addition, Franklin Templeton, RedWheel, Thornburg IM, Amundi, IM Global Partners, Bolton Global and BCI Securities are also collaborating in the event as Gold Sponsors. Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are still open and we truly hope to engage the key players in the South Florida financial industry to support this effort.

If your organization is interested in participating in the gala, please contact Elena Santiso ( or Alicia Jiménez de la Riva (

Individuals who wish to collaborate can also do so with donations through this link, or with gifts that can be raffled at the gala.

The GEM Foundation has already shipped six full-size semi-trailers with $362,550 in aid, and has committed an initial $2.5 million and 50 semi-trailer loads through October/November 2022 to help the victims.

All help is welcome, please contact Funds Society, thank you very much!


Funds Society launches the first Funds Society and Janus Henderson Padel Tennis Tournament

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Funds Society is partnering with Janus Henderson to host its first paddle tennis tournament on June 1 at the Ritz Carlton Racquet Garden at Key Biscyane in Miami.

At the event, guests will enjoy a talk by Janus Henderson specialist Damien Comeaux.

To see the complete agenda of the event, please access the following link and if you wish to register you can do it here.

Damien Comeaux, CIMA® Senior Portfolio Strategist

Damien Comeaux is a Senior Portfolio Strategist at Janus Henderson Investors. He is a member of the Portfolio Construction and Strategy Team focused on delivering actionable investment strategy and thought leadership to help clients with all aspects of the investment management process. Prior to his current role, Mr. Comeaux was a product manager for Janus’ mathematically based managed volatility funds and hedged equity ETF strategies. He also served as senior product analyst, conducting competitive analysis, platform research and technical product support.

Mr. Comeaux received his bachelor of science degree in marketing from San Diego State University and his MBA from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. He has 14 years of financial industry experience.

The 37th Annual CELAES Bank Security Conference is Back In Person in Miami

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 The Financial and International Business Association (FIBA) and Latin American Federation of Banks (FELABAN) are back with an in-person 37th Annual CELAES Bank Security Conference on June 20-21, 2022, in Miami, Florida. The conference which brings together hundreds of banking professionals from the U.S. and Latin America will focus on sharing best practices for the region’s financial sector in banking security, offering solutions and strategies by industry experts.

Among the 20+ presenters are keynote speakers Perry Carpenter, Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer for KnowBe4 and author of “The Security Playbook;” Peter Warmka, former CIA Senior Intelligence Officer, founder of Counterintelligence Institute and author of “Confessions of a CIA Spy: The Art of Human Hacking;” as well as Minerva L. Tantoco,  first ever CTO for NYC, and current CEO of City Strategies.

David Schwartz, CEO, and President of FIBA says “we are pleased to be able to hold this conference in person once again where the biggest players and brightest minds come together to examine trends, share knowledge and discuss data, case studies, strategies, and best practices that are shaping the financial cybersecurity landscape.”

Panel topics and themes to be discussed include, the latest hacking threats, mobile and IOT security, how to protect data and privacy blockchain, and governance and risk to name a few. The conference will take place at the Trump National Doral in Miami, June 20-21, 2022. To view the agenda, and speaker bios, or to register, follow this link.