Festival of UndocuInnovation, which initiated in September 2017, brings together undocumented entrepreneurs from around the country to connect, learn, inspire and motivate one another. Participants will have opportunities to learn from experienced undocumented entrepreneurs, attend workshops, and improve their ability to generate and present winning ideas through simulations and feedback.


Directory

DATE
March 22-24

LOCATION
SASC Building, Florida International University
StartUP FIU (MARC Building 3rd Floor), Florida International University

MAIN CONTACTS
Transportation/Logistics: Dean Santos | (650) 834-3951
Hotel: Alex Vargas | (510) 725-2531
Registration & Volunteers: Jesus Flores | (323) 335-9061
For-Profit Investors: Iliana G. Perez | (209) 648-5964
Non-Profit Funders: Katharine Gin | (415) 517-3049
Logistics/Media: Grace Yeo | (310) 738-0320

HOTEL INFO
Comfort Suites Miami/Kendall

RESOURCES & DOCUMENTS
Attendee Directory
Form: Shark Tank Audience Feedback
Shark Tank Schedule
Shark Tank: Non-Profit Letter of Intent

 


Schedule

Friday, March 22nd

06:00 – 08:30 AM | Breakfast

Location: Hotel Lobby| Hotel Continental Breakfast

08:30 – 09:00 AM | Transportation to Festival

Location: Hotel Lobby

09:00 – 10:00 AM | Festival Registration

Location: SASC 100

10:00 – 10:30 AM | Welcome & Introductions

Location: SASC 100

10:40 – 11:40 AM | Getting to Know Each Other

Location: SASC 100

12:00 – 01:00 PM | Lunch & Networking

Location: FIU (main space)

01:10 – 02:10 PM | Panel Conversation

Location: SASC 100
“The Power of the #UndocuHustle”
Moderator: Denea Joseph
Panelists: Armando Ibañez, Sam Waithaka, Asaia Palacios

02:20 – 03:20 PM | Workshops

Group 1 Location: Career Services (SASC 305)
“Embracing the Entrepreneurial Mindset”
Facilitator: Jorge Alvarez, Cris Mercado, Saba Nafees

Group 2 Location: SASC 100
“The Power of Storytelling”
Facilitator: Yosimar Reyes

03:30 – 04:30 PM | Workshops

Group 1 Location: SASC 100
“The Power of Storytelling”
Facilitator: Yosimar Reyes

Group 2 Location: Career Services (SASC 305)
“Embracing the Entrepreneurial Mindset”
Facilitator: Jorge Alvarez, Cris Mercado, Saba Nafees

04:30 – 05:00 PM | Transportation to Hotel

Location: Outside FIU between gold and blue parking garages

05:00 – 06:00 PM | Get Ready for Evening Activities

Meet back at the Hotel Lobby by 6PM

06:00 – 07:00 PM | Transportation to Dinner

Location: Hotel Lobby

07:00 – 09:00 PM | Dinner

Location: Versailles Restaurant | Dinner and Networking

09:00 PM | Transportation to Hotel & Free Time

Transportation to hotel will be provided immediately after dinner; transportation will be on your own afterward.

Saturday, March 23rd

06:00 – 08:30 AM | Breakfast

Location: Hotel Lobby| Hotel Continental Breakfast

08:30 – 09:00 AM | Transportation to Festival

Location: Hotel Lobby

09:00 – 09:30 AM | Morning Orientation

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space)

09:30 – 12:30 PM | Industry Group Introductions

Location: StartUP FIU (Individual Rooms)

“Pecha Kucha Style Introductions”
Arts, Music, & Media: Room 340
Professional Services/Consulting: Room 331
Food: Room 348
Non-Profit: Room 333
Technology: Room 353

12:30 – 01:30 PM | Networking Lunch (by Industry)

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space) | By Region:

01:40 – 02:40 PM | Media Workshop

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space)
“Media Workshop with Jorge Ramos”
Speaker: Jorge Ramos
Facilitator: Katharine Gin

02:50 – 05:00 PM | Industry-Specific Activities & Training

Location: StartUP FIU (Individual Rooms)

Arts, Music, & Media: Room 335
Professional Services/Consulting: Room 331
Food: Room 348
Non-Profit: Room 333
Technology: Room 353

05:00 – 05:30 PM | Transportation to Hotel

Location: Outside FIU between gold and blue parking garages

05:30 – 06:00 PM | Get Ready for Site Visits

Meet back at the Hotel Lobby by 6PM

06:00 – 06:30 PM | Grab-and-Go Dinner

Location: Hotel Lobby

06:30 – 07:15 PM | Travel to Site Visits

Location: Hotel Lobby

07:15 – 08:30 PM | Site Visits

Location: Varies by Site

Arts, Music, & Media: Univision
8551 NW 30th Terrace, Doral, FL 33122

Professional Services/Consulting: Title Answers, a Law Firm
7260 SW 39th Terrace, Suite B, Miami, FL 33155

Food: Misha’s Bakery
227 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Non-Profit: with Gaby Pacheco

Technology: Venture Cafe
1951 NW 7th Ave, Suite #600, Miami, FL 33136

08:30 PM | Transportation to Hotel & Free Time

Transportation to hotel will be provided immediately after dinner; transportation will be on your own afterward.

Sunday, March 24th

06:00 – 08:00 AM | Breakfast

Location: Hotel Lobby | Hotel Continental Breakfast

08:00 – 08:30 AM | Hotel Check-out

Location: Hotel Lobby

08:30 – 09:00 AM | Transportation to Festival

Location: Hotel Lobby

09:00 – 09:20 AM | Morning Orientation

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space)

09:30 – 12:00 PM | Shark Tanks: Part 1

Location: StartUP FIU (varies)

Non-Profit Shark Tank Pitches: Room 340
For-Profit Shark Tank Pitches: Room 331

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Grab-and-Go Lunch

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space)

12:30 – 02:50 PM | Shark Tanks: Part 2

Location: StartUP FIU (varies)

Non-Profit Shark Tank Pitches: Room 340
For-Profit Shark Tank Pitches: Room 331

03:00 – 03:45 PM | Commitments & Deliberation

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space) | Individual Commitments (attendees) & Shark Tank Deliberation (evaluators)

03:45 – 04:00 PM | Announce Shark Tank Winners

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space)

04:00 – 05:00 PM | Closing & Evaluation

Location: StartUP FIU (Main Space)

05:00 PM | Transportation to Hotel

Location: Outside FIU between gold and blue parking garages


 


Shark Tank: Non-Profit

Non-Profit Evaluators

Anita Khashu, Four Freedoms Fund

Anita Khashu is the Director of the Four Freedoms Fund. Founded in 2003, the Four Freedoms Fund (FFF) is a national donor collaborative working toward full integration of immigrants as active participants in our democracy. FFF seeks to ensure this outcome by building and supporting a robust local, state, and national infrastructure of immigrants’ rights organizations and leaders. Prior to joining FFF, Anita worked as a non-profit lawyer, manager, and philanthropic advisor in the United States, Latin America, and Africa, managing large and complex non-profit programs, providing direct legal services, conducting research, and providing strategic consulting services to non-profits and philanthropies. Anita was the founding director of the Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Immigration, a scholar in residence at the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs at Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), and a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York in its criminal practice. Anita serves as a founding board member for the Mexico City-based Institute for Women in Migration (Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración, A.C.) and the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.

Jay Sherwin, Independent Consultant

Jay Sherwin is an independent consultant who works with foundations and other non-profit organizations to develop strategic plans, design programs and initiatives, implement rigorous outcome evaluations and improve communications. Before launching his consulting practice, Jay spent twenty years as a grantmaker for five national, regional and community foundations, specializing in efforts to promote college access and completion for students from low-income and underrepresented communities. As Vice President for Programs at the College Futures Foundation, he managed a grants program that supported 20,000 scholarships for low-income and first generation college students, including hundreds of undocumented students.

From 2014-2016, Jay worked with Immigrants Rising to design and launch the Invest in the Dream initiative, which partnered with scholarship providers nationwide to encourage them to create or expand college scholarship opportunities for undocumented students. Invest in the Dream awarded $750,000 and leveraged another $750,000 from other sources to help more than two hundred undocumented students attend college. Jay also helped to design and launch the Entrepreneurship Fund, which supports undocumented entrepreneurs, and was a member of the team that selected the first round of Entrepreneurship Fund grantees.

Marco Antonio Quiroga, Contigo Fund

As the Program Director of the Contigo Fund, Marco Antonio Quiroga lays the groundwork for and oversees the grant process and distribution of funds to strengthen and network existing agencies and identifies and supports grassroots efforts that advance Latinx and LGBTQ causes and the intersection of these two communities in Central Florida.

Marco has a long history as an advocate for the LGBTQ, immigrant, and racial justice movements, driven as a direct result of his own life experience as an undocumented and queer person of color. He’s worked extensively alongside LGBTQ, Latinx, and immigrant communities in Orlando and throughout Central Florida, including immigration clinics with Central American and Mexican farm workers and their families in Apopka, on the civic education and engagement campaigns with the Puerto Rican and predominantly monolingual Spanish-speaking community in Kissimmee, and with LGBTQ and undocumented youth on capacity building and leadership development efforts throughout Central Florida. Marco also served as the Director of Public Policy at the True Colors Fund and National Field Officer at Immigration Equality and has extensive experience organizing with United We Dream and its Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP), the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO, and a number of other grassroots and national advocacy organizations.

Raquiba LaBrie, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Raquiba LaBrie is program director in education equity at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. Previously, she served as director of community investment with L+M Development Partners, an affordable housing developer in New York City. Her work focused on the design and management of a grantmaking program aimed at strengthening low-income communities of color in the city by investing in academic enrichment, workforce development, and urban agriculture. She also worked for 13 years with the Open Society Foundations, managing grantmaking programs on racial justice, immigrant and LGBT rights, black male achievement, neighborhood stabilization, criminal justice, and other priorities. She started her career in a New York City–based law practice working with foundations and public charities. Raised in East Oakland, she graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in English. She also holds a law degree from Harvard University.

 


Shark Tank: FOR-PROFIT

For-Profit Evaluators

Anna Etienne, StartUP FIU

Anna is the Program Director for StartUP FIU first Food Incubator. Startup FIU seeks to partner with local food entrepreneurs perusing sustainability and a scalable business model. Prior to joining the team, Ms. Etienne helped launch the first and subsequent cohorts of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Miami Dade College, where she served as the program manager for three years, connected over 200 graduates from among Miami’s local business owners. Ms. Etienne spent the past several years in various roles working within the local South Florida business community, college students, and institutional leaders. Currently a doctoral student studying Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University, Ms. Etienne is also an alumnus of Florida International University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Higher Education Administration.

Gladys Castro, Mission Economic Development Agency

Gladys Castro works to provide loans to small-business owners in the nine Bay Area counties. Prior to joining MEDA, Gladys worked one-on-one with small businesses at the startup level to help them establish a strong foundation through a business plan, understanding of financial statements and the development of a marketing strategy.

Gladys attended UC Berkeley where she studied Political Science and Education. Outside of work, Gladys likes to cook new recipes, which occasionally result in disaster.

Jesse Martinez, Latino Startup Alliance

Originally from Houston, Texas, Jesse found his way to San Francisco in March 1997 where he first experienced what it meant to work for a startup. As employee 27, he got to see firsthand the building of a Silicon Valley company (funded by Sequoia Capital) that ultimately grew into a thousand employee+ corporation all in less than a year as it was acquired for $180 million by Frontier Communications. That experience and access to his new mentors/advisors, led Jesse to cofound along with his brother in 1998 one of the first U.S. online bilingual Latino communities (Picosito.com) which was recognized by a U.S. Congressional Record by the House of Representatives in 1999 for their efforts around technology in Latino Community. They raised $2.3 million in seed capital and had two acquisition offers in less than six months. After the dot com era, Jesse went back to Corporate America; he has over 10 years in the BPM industry & has worked with industry leaders such as Xerox Global Services, IKON, & Kofax as a Business Development Manager. He was also the cofounder of his 2nd startup – Giggo, a groupon-like venture delivering their messaging all in Spanish. He was the cofounder/COO of histhird startup – Relevance, which took him to Brazil as the country director under the Startup Brasil Program. Jesse is the cofounder + co-chair of the Latino Startup Alliance, a non-profit supporting global Latino Tech Entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems. He is also the cofounder of dev/Mission, a non-profit focused on training diverse youth ages 16 to 24 for careers in tech.
Most recently, Jesse was the first Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) for the Salesforce Incubator (now Accelerate) where he incubated his fourth startup CareerForce – training the next generation of Salesforce Administrators that come from our diverse and underrepresented communities for career paths in the Salesforce Economy.

Jorge Soto, FirstCut.io

Prior to launching FirstCut, Jorge ran inside sales for Twitter’s MoPub organization, which was acquired by Twitter in 2013. He’s also the founder of Sotoventures Media and Sales4Startups (acquired by Sales Hacker Media), where he educated and inspired thousands of technology founders and executives around the world. Jorge has been a technology entrepreneur for over 15 years. He has founded an online travel community called Mytripz in 2005 and a commercial wireless service startup called Campus Communications in 2003.

Joseph Hornstein, FIU Foundation

Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, Cambridge Innovation Center

Natalia is an organizational psychologist, strategist, and technologist focused on merging innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. Her passion hinges on creating communities that are true ecosystems, most recently by leading the expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) to Miami. CIC is the oldest, most successful, and largest innovation hub in the United States, espousing particular philosophies for economic impact and community engagement. In Miami, CIC is building an innovation district that connects the health district with the rest of the innovation corridor – a massive and transformative undertaking that is already having an impact. In addition, Natalia is the Founder of Awesome Foundation MIAMI, the local chapter of a global network of grassroots micro-grant giving hubs that, cumulatively, have awarded more than $1.6 million globally to small, local ideas. The Miami chapter has awarded more than $75,000 to more than 70 grassroots ideas in Miami, helping to empower the average person to participate with their ideas and projects. She also serves as the Vice President of LatAm expansion of the Latino Startup Alliance and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community. For this and other work, Natalia has also been appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, a body that oversees the administration of $32 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact educational and volunteer programs in Florida.


 


Supporters

Thank you for our extraordinary funders and supporters, which include Chavez Family Foundation; eMerge Americas; Florida International University; The Grove Foundation; Enrique Gonzalez, III; James Gutierrez; Elise Haas, Robert and Colleen Haas; Jeff Hawkins; Immigrant Powered; Impact Fund; Jorge Ramos; StartUP FIU; Unbound Philanthropy; and Elisha Wiesel.