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By Adam Ross

FAU Spanish language Entrepreneur Boot Camp

FAU’s Spanish language Entrepreneur Boot Camp is a fast-paced 8-week certificate course empowering Spanish-speaking promising entrepreneurs and ambitious small business owners with the tools to create successful business pitches, find financial support and design the right operation for success! The course is taught in Spanish and the textbook has been translated into Spanish. Courses will be taught at FAU’s Davie and Boca Raton campuses.

By Adam Ross

Sustainability and Tech Event

September is Zero Emissions month! Join the City of Boca Raton for a panel discussion with locally based innovative companies.
The City of Boca Raton is committed to reducing GHG emissions in the city to net zero, but how can that be done? Join the City of Boca Raton’s Offices of Sustainability and Economic Development and Innovation for a panel discussion with some Boca Raton based businesses working on solutions for a net zero emissions world.

6:00pm Welcoming remarks and panel intro
6:15pm Panel of Boca Raton companies with sustainability tech solutions
7:15pm Q&A
8:00pm Event close

Panel companies:
Carbon Limit is decarbonizing concrete for greener cities with a green cement technology that transforms our built environment into an active and permanent solution to global CO2 pollution

Cloudsyte helps local governments and brands automate sustainability management, risk mitigation, and ESG compliance with minimal effort and resources

Greener Process Systems has developed patented technology which captures air pollution from oceangoing ships in port. Food and beverages will not be served.

By Riley Kaminer

Endeavor launches new program to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies in Boca Raton

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The Miami branch of Endeavor, a global community of high-impact founders, has announced a partnership with the City of Boca Raton’s Office of Economic Development. Endeavor Miami’s second EndeavorLAB cohort of the year will focus on local entrepreneurs from Boca Raton.

Through this two-month accelerated growth program, Boca-based founders will be able to take advantage of Endeavor Miami’s community of founders and experts, while gaining insights on how they can scale their business.

“We are extremely happy to partner with the City of Boca Raton Office of Economic Development on this regionally specific program,” said Claudia Durán, Endeavor Miami’s Managing Director. 

“Boca Raton has always been a hotbed for entrepreneurial success with many large-scale companies headquartered in the city,” continued Durán. The Endeavor Miami team also noted that Boca Raton was where IBM developed the first computer and is the headquarters of major companies including Celsius, VitaCost, Orangetheory Fitness, Misfits Gaming, and Modernizing Medicine.

“Boca Raton is excited to partner with Endeavor to propel our robust and thriving tech ecosystem,” commented Scott Singer, Mayor of Boca Raton. “We look forward to working to build on our rich history of innovation and accelerate our exciting future.” 

To apply to EndeavorLAB, companies must have product-market fit and must be generating between $50K and $500K in annual revenue. The program is industry agnostic, but Endeavor Miami is looking for companies with solutions that are tech-enabled and not service-based. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 2nd at 11:59pm ET.

The program has four stages. Stage 1 is the application phase, in which a select group of potential participants will interview with Endeavor Miami’s staff. Next, companies will go through a diagnostic x-ray to help determine how they can make the most of the program. In stage 3, companies take part in five weeks of group modules and 1-1 mentorship sessions. Finally, participants pitch to a panel of judges – including investors – during a demo day. Along the way, founders will have access to ecosystem guides, digital discounts, and founder resources.

Rebecca Negro Rocha, Junior Manager of Growth Programs at Endeavor Miami, told South Florida Tech Hub that this program will play an important role in coalescing our tri-county region of tech entrepreneurs. 

“We think it’s really important to unite our South Florida region when it comes to entrepreneurship, rather than work in silos in each of our counties,” said Rocha. “Since Endeavor is a global organization, we think this will be a great opportunity to show how it is possible to work across county lines and continue building bridges in our ecosystem.”

Endeavor Miami is also running a handful of other programs relevant to South Florida founders. They are collaborating with Dell for Startups on a program for Black-led companies (applications open until Sunday, June 5th at 11:59pm ET). And a cohort of climate tech and clean tech companies, supported by Silicon Valley Bank, is currently in motion, with a demo day scheduled for May 5th.

Are you interested in applying to EndeavorLAB? Learn more by watching a recording of the program’s launch event, read more from Endeavor Miami, or click here to apply.

By Riley Kaminer

Member Spotlight | Boca Raton Innovation Campus

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Business: Provides office space and fosters a community among innovators in the South Florida tech ecosystem

Launched: Originally built in the 1960s, upgraded in 2005 and 2018

Location: Boca Raton

Size: 1.7 million square-foot campus situated on 123 acres; 36 tenants with a cumulative 6,000 employees


Innovation rarely happens in isolation. Collaboration is key – bringing together people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and expertise to catalyze and crystalize the next big idea.

The Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) aims to be the nexus for collaboration in South Florida and beyond. The office park is known for its iconic modernist style, designed by world-renowned Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer. 

The facilities were originally built for IBM, and it was on this site in 1981 that the world’s first personal computer was invented. Now it houses a wide range of South Florida’s most innovative firms, from local healthtech success story Modernizing Medicine to photography pioneer Canon.

Giana Pacinelli, Marketing Director for CP Group, the landlord and property management team for BRiC, explained their goal of “taking BRiC’s history and bringing it to the future.” She said that CP Group aims to harness the campus’s storied past as a space for innovation while also providing the amenities that will impress even the most discerning tenants.

Pacinelli noted BRiC’s “Google-style” facilities, including a lush campus with seven miles of walking paths and amenities like a dining hall that converts into a 1,000-person capacity presentation hall, two coffee shops, and a recently-renovated fitness center. Soon, they plan to open an autonomous grab-and-go store that will enable workers to purchase staples like bread and produce through a completely contactless system.

Currently, BRiC is zoned strictly for commercial office use. However, Pacinelli explained that they are now working with the city to rezone the campus to make it a “true live-work-play ecosystem.” The vision is to create a 15-minute city that residents can walk around and access everything they need – from work and living spaces to medical facilities and restaurants.

“In order to do all of that, we need to rezone BRiC,” said Pacinelli, underscoring the property’s interest in attracting big businesses and international meetings.

CP Group has put together a campaign to connect with the community. By visiting, Boca Raton residents can sign a letter to show their support for BRiC’s plans. Through this link, neighbors can also schedule a tour of the campus.

While work for home became a daily reality for many South Floridians during the pandemic, Pacinelli said that CP Group is “bullish that people will return to the office.” She evidenced the recent uptick in employees returning to the office as a signal that trend of workers returning to the office will continue

“Work has successfully invaded our personal lives,” she explained, noting that heading to an office can help create much-needed barriers between work and personal lives. Many of BRiC’s tenants have refreshed their workspaces to include more spaces for collaboration. BRiC also has imminent plans to unveil a co-working space later this year.

By Nancy Dahlberg

Member Spotlight | BRIC

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What is BRIC? Boca Raton Innovation Campus, on the former site of IBM

Developer: Crocker Partners LLC, a Boca Raton-based real estate company

Website: (check out the events page)

Address: 4920 Conference Way North, Boca Raton

Home to: 36 companies and organizations so far, and counting

Coming soon: $28 million renovation of Amenity Corridor

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, IBM’s research & development campus in Boca Raton bustled with innovation.

The huge office building housed several firsts, most notably as the place where the world first personal computer was invented by Philip “Don” Estridge and his IBM team and introduced to the world in 1981.

It was also home to the first smartphone, Simon, and it was said to be the place where Bill Gates made his notorious licensing deal, licensing his operating system to IBM instead of selling it to them so he could license it to others and become Microsoft. The building itself, featuring a Y-shaped design by architect Marcel Breuer, was considered an engineering marvel for its day when it opened in 1970 and was designed to withstand a Cat-5.

That’s what made the purchase of the office complex in 2018 so special, said Giana Pacinelli, marketing director of Crocker Partners, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Boca Raton. Last April, Crocker purchased the 1.7 million square foot property, which had been expanded over the years and had changed hands a couple of times since IBM sold the property in 1996. It’s now called BRIC, the Boca Raton Innovation Campus.

Crocker has big plans for BRIC as it welcomes today’s new wave of technology innovators.

“Our goal is to take that past and bring it into the future so the campus continues to be a place where innovation happens,” said Pacinelli, adding that the giant office park is now home to 36 companies and organizations, including corporate and regional headquarters.

“We want to make it a destination, not just for the organizations that work on the campus but a destination for the entire community to enjoy, which is why we are partnering with Palm Beach Tech. We are hosting a lot of programming on campus. We have a program board of 11 community leaders that helps us put together programs. We partner with TedX Boca Raton to do speaking events on campus.”

Over the next year or so, BRIC’s Amenity Corridor will undergo a $28 million renovation. The renovated section will  include a STEAM Lab equipped with 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment. Tenants can rent it out and BRIC will also house programming there for local organizations and schools. Hungry? There will be a food hall with seven  restaurants open to the public and a 1,200-seat dining hall that can also serve as a presentation hall. Also planned is a wellness center with an onsite nurse, two coffee shops and a co-working space. “It’s exciting times for us,” Pacinelli said.

Already, there are inviting outdoor spaces to work or relax, with miles of walking and bike paths, a conference center that can seat up to 400 where events are now held and a fitness center tenants can use. With the renovation will come special studios for yoga, pilates and the like.

Health-tech company Modernizing Medicine relocated its headquarters – and its more than 800 employees – to BRIC in January. BRIC is also home to MobileHelp, MDVIP, Transunion, BlueGreen Vacations and Shoes for Crews, among others. “We are the largest single office facility in the state. … We’ve been moving very quickly,” said Pacinelli.

 “Boca Raton has been Crocker’s home for years. We helped build Mizner Park and Crocker Center – we’ve been around for over 35 years. We want to make this a special place where we can bring technology companies and jobs and really just revitalize the area. The property, when IBM housed it,  was a very closed off, very secretive space, but now we want to open it up to the community.”

By Nikki Cabus

FAU Business Plan Competition | April 21st

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FAU College of Business is hosting the annual Business Plan Competition on Friday, April 21st

Every year the College of Business,  Adams Center for Entrepreneurship at FAU encourages students, faculty, staff and recent graduates to pitch their innovative ideas for a chance to fund their new ventures!


  • 1st $10,000

  • 2nd $5,000

  • 3rd $2,500

  • Best interdisciplinary team $1,000

  • People’s Choice $1,000

In addition, the winning team will also get legal and business services, space at FAU’s Tech Runway and the opportunity to present their business plan to local angel, venture capital groups and more! Participating students will also gain valuable skills and experiences to be successful.

When? Friday, April 21st 8:45am-2:00pm                            Where? FAU College of Business, OD 101


The competition is open to the public but space is limited. RSVP NOW!

By Nikki Cabus

PBSC & Modernizing Medicine Collaborate on Campus Training Hub

Read Time 2 MinutesLOXAHATCHEE GROVES, FL  — Palm Beach State College has signed a memorandum of understanding with Modernizing Medicine to create an innovative training hub at the College’s new Loxahatchee Groves campus for students preparing for health information technology careers and medical professionals learning to use systems for digitizing and managing patient records.

The memorandum of understanding provides that Modernizing Medicine would give PBSC students training for healthcare jobs, access to its groundbreaking iPad-based electronic health record (EHR) system, modmed EMA™, and practice management system, modmed PM™. In exchange, Modernizing Medicine, which employs approximately 500 people, would have access to certain campus facilities to provide training to its customers.

Leaders from the College and Modernizing Medicine expect the relationship to be a win-win as physicians and other health care providers work to fulfill federal mandates to digitize patient medical records. Labor market data projects a boom in health information technology jobs. In Florida alone, medical records and health information technician jobs are expected to grow 17.6 percent from 2015-2023, according to the state Bureau of Labor Market Statistics.

“Our goal is to ensure that our students continue to receive quality hands-on training using the best and latest technology available so when they graduate they are prepared for the real environments in which they will work,’’ said Ava Parker, J.D., PBSC president. “This relationship with Modernizing Medicine will help us with that. It is a great opportunity for our students as well as the employers that will hire them. We want employers to feel confident that our graduates will be highly trained when they walk through their doors.”

“Modernizing Medicine is thrilled with the opportunity to work with Palm Beach State College,’’ added Dan Cane, CEO and co-founder of Modernizing Medicine. “It’s vital that companies and local educational institutions work together to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s job opportunities, especially in the science, technology, engineering, arts and math fields.”

The first building, a 50,000-square-foot multipurpose facility, is slated for completion this fall on the 75-acre campus on Southern Boulevard west of B Road. While some classes or information sessions will be offered this fall at the new campus, a complete schedule of courses will begin in January 2017.

With health sciences and technology as the initial focus of the Loxahatchee Groves campus, the College will offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Health Information Technology Associate in Science degree, Health Informatics Specialist certificate, Medical Information Coder/Biller certificate and Medical Transcription technical diploma. General courses leading to the Associate in Arts degree also will be offered.

Cane, an original founder of Blackboard, established Modernizing Medicine in 2010 with Lake Worth dermatologist Dr. Michael Sherling. Modernizing Medicine initially developed a specialty-specific EHR system for dermatologists, but it expanded through the years and now offers it for seven other specialties, including ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, urology and rheumatology.

About Modernizing Medicine
Modernizing Medicine is transforming how healthcare information is created, consumed and utilized in order to increase efficiency and improve outcomes. Our specialty-specific, data-driven and cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management (PM) and revenue cycle management (RCM) systems were built by specialty physicians and practice management professionals. Our suite of products and services is designed to transform the clinical, financial and operational aspects of dermatology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, rheumatology and urology practices. Modernizing Medicine also offers a gastroenterology-specific Endoscopy Report Writer for ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. For more information, please visit Connect with Modernizing Medicine on our Blog, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter Modernizing Medicine is a member of CommonWell Health Alliance.


FAU Entrepreneur Boot Camp
FAU Spanish language Entrepreneur Boot Camp
Sustainability and Tech Event
Endeavor launches new program to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies in Boca Raton
Member Spotlight | Boca Raton Innovation Campus
Member Spotlight | BRIC
FAU Business Plan Competition | April 21st
PBSC & Modernizing Medicine Collaborate on Campus Training Hub