Knight Foundation works to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. Our communities program supports the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers.

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What we look for

In South Florida, the home of the foundation, we support the creatives, entrepreneurs and change agents who are shaping the region’s future.

Since 2013, we have invested more than $25 million in helping to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Miami focused on connecting innovators, attracting investment and building the city’s talent base.

We have invested in efforts to connect and build ideas, such as The LAB Miami; major events, such as eMerge Americas and Black Tech Week; mentorship and funding networks, such as Endeavor Miami, Miami Angels, and 500 Startups Miami; and education programs that help to close the opportunity gap, such as LaunchCode, Girls Who Code, CodeFever and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Our goal is to accelerate the development of a startup culture, open to the entire community, that helps make Miami a place where ideas are built and ventures are scaled.

The Miami program centers on:

  • Showcasing Miami as a home for entrepreneurs, and building on this rich tradition to foster ventures that have an outsized impact on job creation and economic development;
  • Elevating Miami’s unique strengths, by supporting knowledge and business-creation in economic sectors where Miami can be a world-class competitor;
  • Creating opportunities for all to become involved in the entrepreneurial sector, so that Miamians across our communities can gain relevant skills and benefit from the city’s growing innovation network.

In all of the communities where Knight works, we try to accelerate organic, community-led trends. In Miami, we aim to be catalytic funders, collaborating with private, public and philanthropic partners to support high-impact entrepreneurship.

Knight also invests in the city’s creative sector, as a way to build community, through its arts program. Learn more about the Knight’s Arts program.

Miami Community Advisory Committee members

Barron Channer, BACH Real Estate; Melissa Krinzman, Krillion Ventures; Nabil Malouli, DHL; Charmel Maynard, University of Miami; Javier Alberto Soto, The Miami Foundation; Debra Wechsler, Norman & Irma Braman Family Foundation.

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

  • Knight Foundation will invest $500,000 to commission groundbreaking, innovative new works of dance, theater and music to premiere in Miami. Knight New Work Miami builds on the momentum that has made Miami one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the nation. This initiative will fund ideas that have the potential to be revolutionary, celebrate artistic talent and further Miami’s reputation as a place where exceptional art is born.

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Program Director

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Raul Moas

Director/Miami