Accelerate your dream.

Accelerate your dream.

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FORMAT

A mix of theory and experiential learning. Two 90-minute sessions a week with hands-on exercises and lectures from community leaders.

MENTORSHIP

Take advantage of mentorship from technology and business experts to help you tackle your biggest challenges.

RESOURCES & CONNECTIONS

CREATE students have access to resources & key connections within Miami Dade College and the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ABOUT CREATE

CREATE is a 16-week Product Development Program where students get to refine their existing prototypes to make them ready to market and continue to validate their new ventures feasibility through lectures and experiential learning.

OUR MENTORS

Our Mentors are South Florida’s top entrepreneurs and industry experts.

ANDRE DO VALLE

Andre do Valle is a serial entrepreneur and former consultant. Currently Andre is a partner in Bureau Translations, the #1 translations company in Latin America and advisor to various start-ups in the music, food, and technology sectors. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

ANDRE MIRANDA

Andre Miranda is an investor. He currently works as VP of South American Sales at Obi Worldphone.

DELLA HEIMAN

Della was born in Cincinnati, OH, and has lived and worked in US, Spain, Chile, Israel, Jordan, China, and Ethiopia in the fields of political communications, textile manufacturing, venture capital, health/wellness, and food service. She graduated from Harvard Business School in 2014. Della lives in Miami, FL, where she recently launched a culinary incubator, The Wynwood Yard and healthy fast casual restaurant concept, Della Bowls.

EMILIANO ABRAMZON

Emiliano Abramzon (co-founder at Nearpod) has over 20 years of experience in the technology and software development industry. He started his career in Accenture as a consultant and then helped many successful start ups become a reality. Emiliano holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

FERNANDO VASCONEZ

Fernando Vasconez is a serial deal maker and angel investor. Currently working as Global Business Developer for Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds and Angry Birds Movie) and partner at NDV Consulting for the last 15 years. He holds a BS in International Business from Barry University.

JORGE OLAZABAL

A Senior Level Professional with extensive experience delivering innovating business and technology solutions to established corporations and startup companies. Proven track record of taking ideas from conception through product launch; building business opportunities; and leading cross functional teams of diverse stakeholders and SMEs: operations, engineering, development, marketing, and sales.

LES CAMPBELL

Product Development expert, President @ Campbell & Associates, LLC.

LOU WOLFSON

Lou Wolfson is an entrepreneur who, for over a decade, launched and sold several companies within the sports and hotel industries. Lou was also a founding member of The National Hotel Network, a nationwide in-room television network exclusively for hotel guests; and City Traveler TV, a television production company. Lou currently holds the position of Director of Business Development for the User Manual Division of Stern Bloom Media.

LUCIANA REZNIK

Luciana is a young tech entrepreneur and software engineer from Argentina. She is the current CEO at Wolox, a software shop devoted to providing innovation to both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. Wolox provides tech teams that build web/mobile apps as well as any type of innovative technology.

LUIS FERNANDEZ

Luis is currently CEO and Founder of ARETTO LLC, a company that offers commercial services as independent Sales Representatives, to brands or companies looking to export their product lines and position themselves in Mexico, Central and South America and the
Caribbean. ARETTO LLC is part of a Family Business with more than 35 years of experience in these regional markets. Luis holds an MBA from INCAE Business School.

ROBERTO LAUB

Roberto Laub is a senior executive with successful global experience in general management of regional businesses, sales, and finance. He has a proven record of delivering strong results in diverse industries, markets, cultures and operations, including in startup, growth, and turnaround situations. For the last 15 years, Roberto held a variety of executive roles with Whirlpool Corporation, a US$20 billion leading global home appliance manufacturer. Most recently he was responsible for leading Latin American initiatives across 40+ countries on all Whirlpool noncore products and noncore channels. He directed four different businesses including KitchenAid.

SARI AZOUT

Sari started Bib + Tuck, and led the vision of the company, while overseeing product, tech, operations, and customer support. Bib + Tuck was named one of the 50 companies revolutionizing retail by Business Insider and received coverage in major media outlets. Sari is also an early stage startup investor at Level.VC. Her portfolio includes companies like Uber, Sleep Eight, Canary, and SoStereo.

INSTRUCTORS

GUSTAVO GRANDE

PROGRAM LEAD AT CREATE, STARTUP CHALLENGE, PUENTE

Gustavo is a business professional with +8 years of experience in Business Development, International Business, and Entrepreneurship. While doing his Masters (Hult International Business School in San Francisco, CA), he created and developed SoBiz:Beyond Profit! a business accelerator that supported 15 companies in design, testing, and validating their products and business concept. SoBiz:Beyond Profit! Hosted a pitch competition with a winner’s prize of access to seed capital. Gustavo has won different startup competitions and his team represented Miami at the Global Fashion Battle in Poland.

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JORGE MENDEZ

TEACHING FELLOW, CREATE & STARTUP CHALLENGE

Jorge is a Miami-native with a passion for innovative solutions to community problems. He is the founder of innovate:miami, a social entrepreneurship bootcamp at the University of Miami and holds a Master’s degree in economic and sustainable development.

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OUR PARTICIPANTS

These CREATORS are taking their prototypes and new ventures to the next level.

BE:SNACKS

Roslym Gonzalez – Co-Founder
Kent Grossi – Co-Founder
Andres D. Vega – Co-Founder
Sachi Statz – Co-Founder

 

BE:Snacks is a company producing truly nutritional and healthy snacks for the hectic lifestyle of the busy professionals; all of our products come in a biodegradable packaging system that will carry plantable seeds. Our mission is to reduce and eradicate child hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

 

BIO SWITCH

Daniel Patino – ManufacturingTechnician Transdermal Patches
Raul Nunez – Utility Patent Inventor “Just in Case” Convertible Carrier Case

 

Bio Switch is a device that uses bio-feedback (sweat analysis) and activates the delivery of nutrient replenishment through transdermal patches. Activated when signals sent through conductive thread on athletic clothing.

 

CHEF'S THUMBOMETER

Daniel Rayon
Jeneffer Del-Rosario
Christopher Rayon

 

We aim to create value with our products. Here is how the Thumbometer will achieve this: the customer can save time and effort by using a gadget that cuts the testing period for cooked proteins down to under 3 seconds. Also, they get to waste less meat and ultimately money. They get the same amount of flavor as a steak from a great restaurant because the testing method does not puncture meats.

GSG TECH

Rubén R. Mata – Co-Founder

 

GSG Tech is a company that seeks to empower clients with real time information and services, integrating data from apps and smart devices (IOT) while providing on-demand consulting support.

KANECT

Vanessa Kanan
Alejandro Ortega
Moran Kanan

 

GSG Tech is a company that seeks to empower clients with real time information and services, integrating data from apps and smart devices (IOT) while providing on-demand consulting support.

LOUDHOUSE

Hakeem A. Muhammad – CEO
Prateek Nair – Chief Marketing Officer
Gokul Kumarresen – CDO
Julian Patton – Chief Develop Officer of Information

Science & Technology
Ronald Hiwat – Executive social-media Director for
Loudhouse platform

 

Loudhouse is a social networking app that enables recreational and professional musicians to record their spontaneous musical ideas, using any mobile device.

MILLENNIUM HEADSTONES


Marco Burlet – Co-Founder
Debra Daoud – Co-Founder

 

Millenium Headstones are the world’s first high-tech headstones – a product that has more advantages than traditional headstones, is high quality, innovative, cheaper and custom-made in the USA. Our manufacturing process produces very little carbon emissions in comparison to traditional headstone manufacturing. Product is made 90% of natural resources (Plasmacor, a patented material), a renewable resource and environmentally friendly.

ONETOWN BOARDS


Felix Puello – Founder

 

Onetown Boards is a skateboard company that plans on making boards that record the skaters experience and increase their safety with skateboards with integrated video cameras, LED lights, and sensors. Their main product is a longboard with integrated cameras that record the skater’s experience, a mobile application interface that allows riders to navigate between GPS, speedometer, and odometers so the rider can monitor their speed, location, distance traveled, and performance.

PROJECT PLAYGROUND


Derrick Miller – Entrepreneur

 

This company is looking to introduce a new way of bringing together communities and inspiring them to engage in an active and healthy lifestyle. Project Playground is a mobile social network (web/native mobile) that will allow people to search for nearby physical activities (or join teams/groups) to participate in and earn points to spend on healthy/active lifestyle rewards (think grocery coupons or discounts for fitness wearables).

THE UNBEATABLES ACADEMY


Gaby Casanas – Founder

 

The Unbeatables Academy is a virtual and interactive Life Skills Training
Program for children 6 to 11 years old, created to be implemented
as part of after school programs or children’s extracurricular activities.

UNIQBRELLA


Terrance Newberry – Founder

 

Uniqbrella is an umbrella that is synchronized to either a wristband or key ring that will notify an user by their choice of an alert (standard alarm, voice, song, or vibration) when they walk at least six to ten feet away from their Uniqbrella. Therefore, a person will never forget their umbrella again. It will also be accessorized with a Zip and Pack bag.

ZUHATA KITCHEN

Luis A Gutiérrez – Founder

 

Zuhata Kitchen is a kitchen incubator focused on 3 basic principles, people connectivity and networking, brandketing and infrastructure.