To close out UP Global’s Editions Month campaign, I’ll be hosting a diversity edition of Startup Weekend in Miami. To be held at VentureHive, one of Miami’s top startup accelerators, this event is lead by Paula Celestino, a previous Startup Weekend Tampa winner who co-founded KlosetKarma from her experience, an app that monetizes your wardrobe.
While this is not my first time in the glorious state of Florida, this is my first time in Miami, which means I’ll be full of regret if I do not accomplish the following.
1. Take a photo of myself wearing pastel colors.
I prefer to wear darker tones (black, grey, blue, etc.) – and this will not do in sunny south Florida. Fortunately Miami is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so I should be in good hands.
2. Find a proper place to “get jiggy with it.”
Yes, like to most of you, Will Smith is pretty much the cultural ambassador of Miami to the rest of the country. My goal is to find out exactly what he was talking about in that video so many years ago. Also, I now feel super old.
3. Eat the best Cuban sandwich I can find.
This is all Jon Favreau’s fault. I had my first Cuban ever… in Seattle. I can only presume that somewhere in Miami will patronize that experience … by welcoming me as their patron… perhaps serving it with some Patron?
4. Try to look somewhat sexy through salsa dancing.
Of all the items on this list, I am the most confident in accomplishing this one.
5. Jump sideways while pretending to fire two guns in air.
The ish is gonna get REAL.
6. Find some Heat merchandise for my brother-in-law.
For reasons I do not understand, my Filipino brother really likes the Miami Heat. I’ll have to get him a Wade jersey to help him through the tough times.
7. See if I look good walking around South Beach in a speedo.
Of all the items on this list, this is the one I am least confident in accomplishing.
8. Learn some Spanish. After all, this is America.
During my brief time in UP Global, I worked with an amazing bilingual team and wish I could communicate with them on their level. I only learned how to laugh. Jajaja.
9. “Seriously, Paula. We’re going dancing, right?”
I will start a dance party AT the event if I have to. Speaking of which…
10. Inspire a new community of Miamians into the startup life.
Of course, the greatest thrill of all is to pass on the experiences that I had at Startup Weekend to a new community. I am especially proud to be a part of an event that’s emphasizing diversity and openness – one of the fundamental tenets of UP Global is “radical inclusion,” where everyone should have a chance to experience what’s it like to be an entrepreneur.
Just a few weeks away. I can’t wait to get this show started!
Lee Ngo, Facilitator
Startup Weekend Miami Diversity
Lee Ngo is an UP Global community leader based in Pittsburgh, PA.