Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

WeXchange returns to Miami to promote women’s high-growth entrepreneurship

Nov. 20, 2014, 11:28 a.m., Posted by Susana Garcia-Robles

WeXchange 2013 drew women from across Latin America and the Caribbean to Miami to network and pitch to potential investors.

WeXchange is a forum organized by the Multilateral Investment Fund, a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. It offers women entrepreneurs who operate in Latin America and the Caribbean opportunities to network with mentors, investors and each other. The second annual WeXchange forum, powered by Demand Solutions, will be held in Miami Dec. 11-12. Knight Foundation is among the event’s sponsors. Susana Garcia-Robles is principal investment officer in charge of the the Multilateral Investment Fund’s early-stage equity group.

So much of the “conventional wisdom” about women entrepreneurs is just not true. Women do have a tolerance for risk. Women are highly motivated to start their own businesses. Women are starting businesses in high-tech fields. Women’s businesses are just as successful as men’s—under comparable conditions.

Circ X cabaret holds fundraiser

Nov. 19, 2014, 3:51 p.m., Posted by Diana Lozano

Photo from Circ X on Kickstarter.

Diana Lozano is founder and artistic director of Circ X, a traveling performance troupe and production company based in Miami, and a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge winner.

When we first set out to create the Circ X cabaret, we strived to make a production that was entertaining, provocative and affordable. Thanks to Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Cultural Affairs and all of our Kickstarter supporters, we were able to do just that.  

We offered tickets at just $15 and sold out our first set of shows at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater to rave reviews.  Now, with Give Miami Day, the communitywide 24-hour online giving campaign just around the corner, we are holding our second fundraiser tonight in Wynwood!  Join us at the House of Art from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. where you will get to meet our fabulous cast and enjoy complimentary cocktails from our sponsors.  

‘Knight Cities’: Leslie Koch on transforming New York’s Governors Island into a vibrant public space

Nov. 19, 2014, 2:06 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

How do you create a radically open platform for building new cultural capital in cities?

That’s been the job of Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island, a nonprofit organization created by the city of New York to run what is an historic former military base being transformed into a park by and for New Yorkers. With the lightest possible touch, she has transformed a set of empty buildings and grounds into a platform animated by artists, collectors, and passionate hobbyists.  

It’s a model every city can learn from.