Knight invests $665K in four Miami organizations to expand entrepreneurship

The organizations are helping Miami become a more attractive place to launch and grow ventures.

MIAMI — (Jan. 21, 2021) — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a combined $665,000 investment in four Miami organizations that are creating more opportunities for local entrepreneurs. These investments build on Miami’s successes of attracting entrepreneurs from throughout the U.S. to relocate because of its high quality of life and reputation of being a desirable place to innovate and start a business. 

The four organizations — Talent Scout, Digital Grass, Hello Beauté and Refresh Miami — aim to create pathways to strengthen connections within Miami’s rapidly growing startup community. 

“Miami’s startup community continues to grow and draw the attention of entrepreneurs, investors and exceptional talent from across the world,” said Raul Moas, Knight’s Miami program director. “We’re proud to support organizations that are placing founders at the center of our ecosystem and making it easier for all Miamians to participate in our tech economy.”

A closer look at Knight’s support:  

  • Talent Scout ($240,000): To support the growth of Talent Scout, a membership organization that connects talented individuals from diverse backgrounds with South Florida-based technology companies.
  • Digital Grass ($235,000): To support the organization’s launch of GROWTHerapy, a program that advances mental wellness, peer-support and sense of community for local Black entrepreneurs.
  • Hello Beautè ($140,000): To support the growth of Hello Beauté, an entrepreneur peer group connecting female founders of color to community, capital and commerce.
  • Refresh Miami ($50,000): To support the growth of Refresh Miami as a digital hub to educate and connect members of South Florida’s tech and startup ecosystem by providing collaboration tools. 

“Talent Scout started as a simple newsletter connecting talent with local tech companies,” said Rebecca Danta, founder of Talent Scout. “As Miami continues to solidify its role as a global hub for tech entrepreneurship, we’re thrilled to be growing Talent Scout as well. This next phase will expand economic opportunity at a larger scale by helping bring together talented individuals with fast-growing companies.”

Since 2012, Knight has invested in Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting initiatives that expand individual economic opportunities. At the core of Knight’s strategy in the city is connecting innovators, attracting investments and growing the local talent base. 

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About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org.

Media Contacts:

Knight Foundation
Communications Officer: Raul Garcia, [email protected] or 305.908.2694

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