Techstars accelerator program taps Miami startups

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A dozen startups have been chosen to participate in a tech accelerator program in Miami that will provide seed money, networking and mentoring to fledgling companies.

Driving the news: An investment company called Techstars announced this week that it helped raise $80 million through J.P. Morgan's Private Bank platform to launch the Advancing Cities fund.

Deirdra Funcheon
Sep 7, 2022 - News

REC, a creative hub and coworking space, is coming to Miami

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REC founders at REC Miami site visit in August. Photo courtesy of REC

A coworking facility and resource hub for creatives is coming to Miami, thanks in part to a $2 million investment from Diddy's Sean Combs Capital.

Driving the news: Philadelphia-based startup REC will open a 12,000-square-foot space in Little River next year, offering members access to audio recording and visual production studios, dance studios, an event venue, and equipment needed to create high-quality media.

Miami plastic surgeon touts new method for a less invasive butt lift

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S. Alexander Earle. Photo: Daniel de Souza, courtesy of S. Alexander Earle

A Miami plastic surgeon says he's invented a new, less invasive version of the Brazilian butt lift (BBL).

What's happening: S. Alexander Earle, founder of Pure Plastic Surgery and president of industry group World Association of Gluteal Surgeons (WAGS), tells Axios his "South Beach Butt Lift" rethinks how to do incisions during the butt enhancement surgeries.

Deirdra Funcheon
Aug 16, 2022 - News

Ousted WeWork founder's new real estate venture could start in Miami

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Adam Neumann at a WeWork event in 2019. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for WeWork

Adam Neumann — the charismatic and controversial WeWork co-founder who led the co-working company through a spectacular rise and fall — is rethinking the residential housing market, and he's already got stakes in South Florida.

What's happening: Neumann's new real estate company, Flow, has raised a reported $350 million (at a more than $1 billion valuation) from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, the New York Times reported Monday.

Cookies cannabis brand comes to Florida

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Cookies, the popular California-based marijuana company, opened its first Florida outpost in Westchester over the weekend.

Driving the news: The dispensary, at 8303 Bird Road, started selling medical marijuana on Saturday.

City of Miami closes Virginia Key Outdoor Center over code violations

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Virginia Key Outdoor Center. Photo courtesy of Esther Alonso

The city of Miami shut down Virginia Key Outdoor Center on Friday for several code violations and more than $140,000 in past-due rent.

  • The recreation center's director of operations and marketing, Diana Perez-Pazos, told Axios that police threatened to arrest her if she refused to sign an arrest affidavit for the code violations.

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