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FIU's AVCC Showcases Top Ventures at Investor Gathering in Miami


Agent Piggy, Ideame and LiveNinja lead a list of innovative companies chosen to present at Florida International University's (FIU) 2012 Americas Venture Capital Conference.

The two-day conference, taking place on December 13th-14th at Miami's JW Marriott Brickell, will be presented by the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center in collaboration with the FIU College of Business. It will kick off with Wayra's Global demoDay on December 12th, hosted by The LAB Miami.

More than 100 of the region's top entrepreneurial companies, many of whom work with leading global accelerators, applied for the opportunity to present their ventures to an audience of venture capitalists, angel investors and world-class mentors. They will compete for $70,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

This year the conference received a record number of applicants vying for a chance to compete. Among the chosen companies are Agent Piggy, a virtual piggy bank that teaches children about financial literacy; Cine Papaya, an online and mobile platform for the sale of movie tickets in Latin America; Ideame, a crowdfunding platform for creatives in Latin America; LiveNinja a webcam-based platform that connects users with experts in a variety of subjects; and Kairos, a facial recognition platform to identify employees clocking in on the job.

“The amount of global attention we have received, from top accelerators like NXTPLabs and Wayra, is a testament to the entrepreneurial engagement we have worked so hard to achieve this year,” said Jerry Haar, associate dean of FIU's College of Business, director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and co-chair for the 2012 AVCC Conference. “This selection process was the most competitive and difficult so far, with only one out of four applicants making the cut. The caliber of competitors at this year's AVCC is a direct reflection of Miami and Latin America's entrepreneurial tech boom.”

The conference will feature world-class speakers including Hernán J. Kazah, co-founder and managing partner at Kaszek Ventures and co-founder of Mercadolibre; Martín Varsavsky, Argentine tech entrepreneur, investor and founder of Viatel,, Jazztel, and FON; and Jason L. Baptiste, CEO and co-founder of Onswipe.

"This year's speakers bring a wealth of global technology and investment experience to Miami," said Demian Bellumio, COO of Senzari, and the AVCC program committee member who enlisted this year's speakers. "We are also really excited that many of the speakers have strong ties to Miami, which underscores the clear opportunity that we have to make Miami an international tech hub."

“Thanks to our gracious sponsors like the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, TD Bank, Tres Mares Group, FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean, Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) and Cisneros Group of Companies, this Conference is able to showcase the region's top talent from ten different countries this year, which is the greatest diversity to date,” said Faquiry Diaz Cala, co-chair of the 2012 AVCC.

For registration information and to view the complete list of AVCC presenting companies, sponsors and media partners visit:

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About FIU:

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

About the College of Business:

Florida International University's College of Business Administration, South Florida's leading business school with unique expertise in international business, entrepreneurship, healthcare management, and a broad range of financial services, is the largest of the university's professional schools. Among the college's more than 36,000 alumni are some of South Florida's most successful business leaders and entrepreneurs. More than 6,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate business courses in its R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business, and more than 2,000 graduate students study in its Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Graduate School of Business every year. Another 1,000 business professionals participate annually in one or more of its professional and executive education programs. For more information, visit

About The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center:

The Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center facilitates the entrepreneurial activities at Florida International University. The Center is supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the College of Business at FIU. The Pino Center, directed by Dr. Jerry Haar, has been designated a Kauffman Campus by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. For more information about the Pino Center, please visit or call 305-348-7156.

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