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Angela Benton

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    Angela Benton is founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator, which jump-starts promising tech businesses through hands-on classes and facilitating connections with venture capitalists and other advisers. Below, she writes about NewME’s return to Miami for its third local PopUp accelerator on Oct. 18-19, an initiative that Knight Foundation  supports.   It seems like over the past several years there has been an overwhelming number of discussions on innovation, which is always heralded as the “next big thing.” I’ve seen a ton of startups and worked with a ton of companies who all claim to be innovating within their industries.  Let’s be honest: Most of them aren’t innovating. However, of the companies that are innovating there are common themes among them, one of which is the convergence of one or more industries. Seeing this convergence first hand makes me even more excited to partner with REVOLT TV and Knight Foundation to bring NewME’s annual PopUp in Miami to the Revolt Music Conference as an Idea Lab. It’s a two-day experience that converges music, technology and entrepreneurship.  We’ll be at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Oct. 18-19 discussing entrepreneurship and tech in a series of fireside chats with innovators.
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    Angela Benton is founder and CEO of NewME Accelerator, which jump-starts promising tech businesses through hands-on classes and facilitating connections with venture capitalists and other advisers. Below, she writes about NewME’s return to Miami Sept. 27-29, an effort that is supported by Knight Foundation.   One of the things we’re known for is our program in San Francisco that accelerates businesses led by minorities and women. Providing access to venture capital and advisers for these underrepresented groups is good for tech and our communities at large. But we also like to take our expertise on the road to help cities develop their startup communities. Knight Foundation brought us to Miami last year, and we’re coming back to South Florida this month to build on the success we had at that event. It gave the NewME team a huge boost of confidence as we marched into 2013 with a mission to impact more communities across the country. Over 150 accelerated startups later, we definitely know there’s something special about Miami.   The truth is, it’s not hard to gravitate to Miami’s tech scene--especially with all of the wonderful things that this community has to offer.  Though we originally set a date closer to a year after our original Miami PopUp last November, we just couldn’t wait. Based on all the emails and updates we received from the Miami startup community neither could Miami!  So we pushed the date up and we’ll be returning Sept. 27-29, this time to The Lab Miami in the Wynwood Arts District.