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Entrepreneurship Workshops
Lunch & Learn Series

FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center hosts the Entrepreneurship Workshop Series to deliver real world knowledge and equip you with the tools for entrepreneurial success.

Our Entrepreneurship Workshop “Lunch & Learn” sessions will be held at
FIU Downtown on Brickell on Fridays from 11:00am to 1:00p.m.

Spring 2014 Sessions

January 17
The Entrepreneurs' Legal Basics


Zachariah R.F. Evangelista, Attorney and Founder

Evangelista Law, P.A.

Roberto M. Suárez, P.L., U.S. registered Patent Attorney
The Law Office of Roberto M. Suárez, P.L


 ·         Determine the tax and liability considerations of various legal entity structures for your company (i.e., LLC, S-Corp and C-Corp).    

·         Discover the intellectual property laws protecting your product and/or service. 


·         Learn the new rules of investment and funding as determined by the recent SEC regulatory initiatives and the Jobs Act.

·         Learn issue spotting techniques and identify resources for further legal analysis.

Entrepreneurs and small business owners will inevitably meet legal issues from the founding of their business to the continued growth of their ventures.  Learn about the critical legal issues affecting taxation, financing, customers and suppliers, personal liability and intellectual property. Discover what you should expect on your path towards running a successful venture, and how to avoid detrimental and costly mistakes.


February 21
The Nuts & Bolts of an Effective Growth Strategy

Robert H. Hacker

Robert H. Hacker
Managing Partner, GH Capital Partners
Adjunct Professor, FIU and
MIT Sloan School of Management
Former CFO, One Laptop per Child Association
Blogger – Sophisticated Finance


  • Learn how to determine your customer needs.
  • Outline the design of your product or service.
  • Invent alternatives to find better solutions to today’s problems.
  • Turn your company into a forerunner in product innovation.
  • Develop action plans to implement innovation in your company or start up.

Begin the process of developing a successful business! In this session, learn several techniques to profoundly understand the customer. Discover how to create innovative products and services to meet those needs. The workshop is led by Robert H. Hacker, adjunct professor at FIU and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and author of Billion Dollar Company: An entrepreneur’s guide to business models for high growth companies.


March 7
Keys to Successful Social Media Strategies


John C. Fleming

John C. Fleming
Technology Practice Lead
Biztegra Partners



  • Develop a marketing plan for your venture.
  • Find new strategies for getting the most out of your marketing dollars.
  • Enhance your business' presence through social media profiles.
  • Discover new content management tools.


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Learn how to develop an effective "go to market" strategy that is optimized for your company and market. You will learn about the elements of a focused and affordable marketing plan. You will see how to leverage the latest in social media to have conversations with your customers and people who influence your potential customers. You will learn how to develop a channel strategy to sell your products and services that will give you the widest market coverage at the lowest possible cost.

April 11
New Funding Sources:
How to Identify, Evaluate and Negotiate Third Party Financing




Ricardo Newark
Founder and President
Newstrop Consulting



  • Determine when your need third party financing, how much and the use of funds.
  • Learn the potential sources of funding: how to identify and approach them.
  • The Pitch: how to engage and connect with key stakeholders.
  • Discover strategies in negotiating terms and conditions, ownership and control.

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Ready to start, develop or grow your business but need the funding to do it sucessfully? Topics covered at this workshop will include: a review of viable funding options for your venture, third party funding sources (including Angel, private equity, venture capital and crowdfunding), key considerations in valuation of your company, control and ownership; and negotiation strategies.

Lunch & Learn Workshops will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm at:

FIU Downtown on Brickell
1101 Brickell Avenue 
Miami, Florida 33131

 For additional questions or concerns, please contact us via email: or call (305) 779-9230.

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