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As part of the Founder Institute’s Startup Ecosystem Leaders series, we were pleased to welcome FI program co-directors Roxette Miranda & James for an update on the latest developments in Florida's startup and tech ecosystem.

Roxette Miranda has been a co-director of the Florida Founder Institute accelerator for over 3 years now, and is the Director of The LAB Miami, one of the city’s premiere startup hubs and physical co-working spaces for entrepreneurs. She is also a Partners at 305 Works, an angel investor, and a past Program Manager for various other startup accelerators.

James Irvine has also been co-director of the Florida Founder Institute accelerator for 3+ years, is the Founder of ‘Pitch Night’ in the greater NYC area, a monthly series of community pitch competitions. He likewise is a Partner at 305 Works, has been an angel investor, as well as previously worked with other accelerators programs; and earlier in his career focused on commercial banking with both JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch.

In this video, FI Florida co-directors Roxette Miranda & James Irvine share their thoughts on the ‘state of the startup’ today in Miami, and across the wider Florida statewide tech ecosystem, which new and emerging developments excite them for the near future, what has surprised them most in working with early-stage entrepreneurs, and much more. 

Plus, learn a few startup success stories of recent FI Florida Alumni, about the amazing local program partners and mentors, and open event dates and application deadlines for the upcoming Florida Fall 2022 Founder Institute pre-seed accelerator cohort! 

Watch FI HQ's full interview with FI Florida Co-Directors Roxette Miranda & James Irvine:

If you're a Florida-based pre-seed stage entrepreneur interested in finding direction on your own startup journey, and you haven’t done so already, head over here to learn more about the next FI Florida Fall 2022 accelerator cohort.

Or, join us at one of these upcoming Florida startup events: 

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • 9 Week Guide to Launch a Startup to $1MM ARR with Trevor Longino (Online) on 1:00pm, Oct 05, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Find a Business Partner, Online on 8:00pm, Oct 12, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • [Restricted] Early Stage Product & Sales Lessons, with award-winning FI mentor Ernest Yap + Global Networking Summit on 1:00pm, Oct 13, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Workshop: Pitching and Fundraising for Pre-Seed Startups (Online Event) on 1:00pm, Oct 19, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Startup Idea Pitch Practice: Get Friendly Feedback from Experts (Online) on 1:00pm, Oct 26, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Founder Hotseat: Pitch Your Idea to Startup Experts, Online on 8:00pm, Nov 09, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • [Restricted] FinTech Ecosystem & Market Opportunities, with DotX CEO Charlie Chandra + Global Networking Summit on 9:00pm, Nov 10, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Founder Showcase: Pre-Seed Startup Pitch & Networking Event (Online) on 1:00pm, Nov 16, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur (Online Networking Event) on 1:00pm, Nov 23, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Startup Accelerators 101: Everything New Entrepreneurs Need to Know (Online) on 8:00pm, Nov 30, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Startup Fundraising Q&A: Meet Investors from the FI Venture Network (Online) on 1:00pm, Dec 07, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 1:00pm, Dec 21, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • AMA + FI Info Session with Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan Greechan on 8:00pm, Dec 28, 2022 (America/New_York):
  • Co-Founder Networking: Start 2023 by Finding a Business Partner, Online on 1:00pm, Jan 04, 2023 (America/New_York):

Applications to the Florida Fall 2022 Founder Institute are now open, and anyone building an applicable tech company can apply at

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Graduates of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $1.75BN in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

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