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Startup ecosystems can be difficult to navigate for newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. Understanding the resources available to you as a founder is one of the most productive activities possible, and will increase an entrepreneur's chance of success. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map their ecosystem.

With applications for the Miami Founder Institute soon coming to a close, we are excited to release the updated Miami Startup Ecosystem Canvas (now version 4.0). It's a crowdsourced list of the entrepreneur resources available in the South Florida area, and it was compiled by the Miami Founder Institute and local leaders James Irvine (Cofounder, 305 Works ) and Roxette Miranda (Co-Founder, 305 Works ).

More input is needed, so please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document, and it will be considered for the next update.

The list has been included in text version below, for searchability.

Startup Stages

There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework. 

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.








  • Team Formation: Events and Resources for finding co-founders and early teams in the Miami area. (i.e. events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching) 



2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.







3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.








4. Florida Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Tech Evangelists

A list of potential advisors. Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies. (i.e. Local leaders who have taken a leadership position, speak at a lot of startup events, mentor all the programs, etc.)

2. Government

Public startup programs, grants, and other services that facilitate local economic development.

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent. 

  • Local South Florida Universities (Universities with prominent technical or business programs)

If you are interested in joining a startup accelerator in South Florida, applications are currently open for the Miami Founder Institute.

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