Last updated: 16:35 / Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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RokkMiami, the Seed to Turn Miami into a Technological Hub

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RokkMiami, the Seed to Turn Miami into a Technological Hub

For some time now, Miami has been working to turn itself into a first class centre capable of housing the numerous technology and innovation companies that seek, amongst other things, a more attractive fiscal environment and a cheaper real estate market where they can establish their businesses.

Businessmen, professionals from the education sector, political leaders and Miami associations have joined forces to create an ecosystem to attract entrepreneurs who might find the city’s surroundings ideal for establishing their operations. The group, meeting some weeks ago in the setting provided by RokkMiami, a LAB Miami project, is set on converting Miami into a city vibrant in ideas and initiatives, and into a new leading technology center.

At RokkMiami, held at the head offices of Lab Miami in the Wynwood neighbourhood, 140 business owners, including entrepreneurs and investors, met in order to put the city on the sector’s map. This initiative follows the path set out by Rokk3rlabs, founded 13 months ago by a group of 20 startups from Miami, which share the same long-term vision, precisely looking to build an ecosystem capable of attracting innovation and new companies to the city.

The group believes that the arrival of wealthy people from Latin America could also been benefitted from, as many are currently considering where to locate themselves. Competing with Miami are Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles, also in the arrivals’ sights, which is why RokkMiami calls for action to not miss out on the opportunity. “We must build an environment to attract them and to ensure that they stay in the city.”

The group has been working on this for months and is planning to invest more effort in it, even though there are others who believe Miami will not have sufficient power to attract all the necessary talent. They argue that, amongst other things, the lack of a strong university in the area will not favor the initiative, albeit that it gets the firm support of the Knight Foundation at Miami University.

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