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Entrepreneurs wanted: Tech accelerator brings Silicon Valley to Miami

Oct. 30, 2012, 2:22 p.m., Posted by Andrew Sherry

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NewME Accelerator, a nationally acclaimed program to jump-start tech businesses, is coming to Miami. NewME will run its first ever Popup, an intensive three-night version of its Silicon Valley program, in Miami on Nov. 12-14, with sponsorship from Knight Foundation.

Miami entrepreneurs will get critical advice from leading venture capitalists, participate in hands-on classes, and prepare for a Demo Night competition. All participating entrepreneurs will benefit, but one startup will be selected for the critically acclaimed, 12-week NewME Accelerator program, along with services valued at $25,000. All applicants are welcome, but advance registration is required and places are limited. NewME's Silicon Valley program has gained critical acclaim for helping women and others who are minorities in tech.

Leading Silicon Valley VCs Scott Kupor, COO of Andreessen Horowitz and Erik Moore, managing director of Base Ventures, will attend as coaches and judges. Moore was a seed investor in Zappos.com, which was sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion. Others attending include Angela Benton, founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator.

Knight Foundation, which promotes informed and engaged communities, is supporting efforts to jump start Miami's start-up culture and ensure that it is connected to the broader community.

The NewME Popup Accelerator sessions will be held Nov. 12-14 from 7 p.m. ET at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Miami's Wynwood Arts District. In addition, each participant will have a one-on-one mentoring session during that can be booked during the day at The Light Box or at The LAB Miami, which is organizing the accelerator locally.

By Andrew Sherry, vice president/communications at Knight Foundation

Related: “NewMe’s PopUp Accelerator kicking off Season of the Startup,” in the Miami Herald