Featured Organization: FIU Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center

Posted:  June 25th, 2012 by:  YPN MIami comments:  0

The mission of Florida International University’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center is to foster entrepreneurship throughout South Florida and internationally. The center provides the FIU and local communities with the knowledge and networks that enable them to reach their entrepreneurial objectives of designing, launching, and nurturing successful new ventures and assisting established innovative enterprises in moving to the next level.

The center’s vision is to be a recognized international leader in entrepreneurship education and technical assistance. We also aspire to be ranked among the nation’s top entrepreneurship centers.

Founded in early 2003 as the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center, Florida International University was one of eight universities nationwide to receive a prestigious $3 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


4I’s: The Pino Center Guiding Principles

The Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center redefined its guiding principles to be based on the concept of the 4I’s:

International: “International” is FIU’s middle name. The entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Florida is characterized by firms that have a strong international component. Therefore, the Pino Center is looking to work with large companies and investment firms seeking to co-venture with emerging ventures in Latin America and South Florida, leveraging the geographic significance of South Florida as the gateway of the Americas.

Innovation: the Pino Center is focused on fostering innovative based firms, those that generate economic spillovers and create wealth.

Inflection Point: we are seeking to nurture mature global innovative ventures that are ready to be developed to the next level, through leveraging cutting edge technology and management strategies.

Involvement: the successful execution of our strategy depends on the formulation of strategic partnerships both within FIU’s sister units and external partners.


Encompassing the guiding principles, the Pino Center has offers a variety of activities and program, including:

I. The Americas Venture Capital Conference
The Americas Venture Capital Conference is the premier forum for the development of innovative
firms throughout South Florida and Latin America. Held during Global Entrepreneurship Week, venture capital-private equity, institutional investors and large firms seeking strategic partners will be in attendance. For more information regarding the conference, please visit: avcc.fiu.edu.

II. Venture Mentor Service (VMS)
Modeled after MIT’s successful VMS, The Pino Center plans to begin this program to support innovation and entrepreneurial activity by matching prospective entrepreneurs with a group of professional, volunteer mentors in order to increase the entrepreneur’s probability of success.

III. Institute for Family Business (IFB)
The Institute for Family Business is a partnership that brings together business owners, family members, non-family employees, business professionals and academic experts. The Institute aims to educate, invigorate, and grow families and their businesses. It achieves this by encouraging families to instill a strong set of core values, capable leadership, effective strategy, and the ability to generate, sustain and grow their business for generations. The IFB also hosts the Family Business Forum (FBF), a private group of established family-owned businesses in South Florida that meet periodically to learn and discuss critically important issues impacting their enterprises. For more information, please visit: www.entrepreneurship.fiu.edu/IFB.

IV. Entrepreneurship Workshop Series and Entrepreneur’s “How To” Webinar Series
The Pino Center offers a series of fast-paced, rigorous workshops that focus on practical tools and knowledge from experts in various fields of business. The Entrepreneur’s “How To” Webinar Series encompasses a series of training sessions led by experts made accessible to a world-wide audience and broadcast via the web. For more information on upcoming seminars, please visit:
entrepreneurship.fiu.edu/entrepreneur_workshop_series, entrepreneurship.fiu.edu/webinar.

V. Entrepreneur Challenge Business Plan Competition
An annual business plan competition designed to provide a platform to showcase new ideas, while providing a forum to attract investment in innovative business models. The Pino Center and FIU’s College of Business Administration have joined forces with the Miami Herald to offer a track specific to applicants affiliated with FIU. For more information, please visit:

VI. Kauffman Professors Program
An annual program designed to allow full-time faculty and PhD students from any college or school at FIU to apply to be selected as a Kauffman Professor/Doctoral Student. Those selected receive awards of up to $10,000 to foster entrepreneurial activities, research, and courses within their home disciplines. For information, please visit: entrepreneurship/research/kauffman_professors_program.

VII. FIU Alumni Entrepreneur Awareness Campaign
Each year, the Pino Center recognizes distinguished alumni who have created their own businesses in order to spread the word and spirit of entrepreneurship across disciplines. As a part of this campaign, a picture of each candidate along with their entrepreneurial story is added to a banner that is unveiled at Alumni Entrepreneur Campaign.
For more information, please visit: entrepreneurship/networks-and-events/awareness_campaign.

VIII. Entrepreneurial Perspectives and Working Papers
The purpose of Entrepreneurial Perspectives is to gather and disseminate timely, relevant and thoughtful views on a broad host of topics, themes and issues surrounding entrepreneurship. Working Papers, or “discussion papers”, are manuscripts that have not been accepted for publication, but rather drafts—works in progress—whose initial purpose is to glean comments/feedback to strengthen the paper for eventual submission to a refereed journal. For more information and submission guidelines please visit: entrepreneurship.fiu.edu/working_papers.

For more information on the Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center’s educational, research and outreach programs, please visit www.entrepreneurship.fiu.edu. For investment and sponsorship opportunities, please call (305)-348-7156 or email entrepreneurship@fiu.edu.

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