Miami Tech Week kicked off on 22nd April this year with Founder Fest, hosted by Kamp at the Copal Rooftop Bar in Miami, Florida. The festival started at 4pm in beautiful weather, and guests were treated to 80-degree rooftop vibes as they mingled with several early founders, seasoned founders, entrepreneurs and serial entrepreneurs, investors, LPs, and prolific VCs.
The Founder Fest Miami lineup included some of the startup world’s most renowned speakers, such as Delian Asparouhov, Peter Rahal, Lucy Guo, Wayne Chang, Tom Ryan, James Smedley, John Driscoll, Anthony Pompliano, Jeanine Suah, Kat Wilson and of course the man behind it all, Phil Castro. The attendees had a wholesome experience at the event with interactive sessions where the speakers got an opportunity to network with scores of others in similar boats. The panels and networking sessions were sprinkled with party vibes, making it a unique and exciting experience.
The event began with delicious welcome cocktails and DJ spinning modern house melodies, followed by a rockstar panel consisting of Delian Asparouhov, Peter Rahal, Lucy Guo, and Wayne Chang. This was followed by an expert panel with Tom Ryan, James Smedley, and John Driscoll, an investor panel with Anthony Pompliano, Jeanine Suah, and Kat Wilson, and three startups pitching to investors. Both the attendees and the speakers hailed from a variety of businesses across industries, providing an extensive exposure to the visitors. The panel members discussed a wide array of topics like the mistakes they made and the struggles they faced as budding entrepreneurs, a startup owner’s life and concerns, how to navigate a downtrending economy and market crash, what it takes to acquire fat checks from investors for one’s business; along with immediate and serious issues like things to keep in mind while choosing a business partner, accepting investments, making investments, and more.
The festivities continued with speed networking and hip hop music, and the evening ended with a private dinner at Copal for speakers and VIP ticket holders only. The event was sponsored by BiglySales, McCarter & English, Naked, Passes, Justworks, and ZenSports.
Founder Fest aimed to provide a platform for founders to connect with investors while having fun and it was unquestionably a massive success. The guests also have the opportunity to keep the conversations going as well as get in touch with the 600+ founders and investors connected with Kamp by joining their Slack channel.
Kamp was established in 2018 by the host of Founder Fest, Phil Castro, and has already made its mark for hosting top-notch startup and investor events, and startup workshops. Phil has an extensive background in startups and venture capital, which makes him an A+ host for these unique event experiences. Kamp specializes in organizing events for startup founders (early stage and growth stage) and business tycoons seeking to establish or expand their businesses and/or network with others in a similar position. Kamp has helped over 5,500 founders around the world with a whopping 580+ testimonials, making them a trusted name in the industry.