Miami Open Coffee Club returns next week with new mentoring meetup format

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The Miami Open Coffee Club (MOCC) – a collaboration between FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and – has enhanced its meetup and mentoring format. Historically, the meetup has held “speed mentoring” events, where entrepreneurs can meet with a mentor for 30-minute sessions. In an effort to bring more high-level mentoring discussions to the entire community, the MOCC team is doing new “fire-side” chats with well-known local entrepreneurs and subject matter experts ready to provide immediate, unscripted advice – all in front of a live studio audience.

“The goal with this new format is to provide a real-life, unscripted example of what a very high-level meeting between an entrepreneur with challenges and a subject matter expert with the skills to solve them looks like.” says Norberto “Tito” Gil, the founder of While the format will be a fire-side style conversation, the interactive discussion can really serve as an example of what a meeting with a mentor, coach, prospective board member, and even prospective employee may look like.

The meetups will be held at the FIU Downtown on Brickell, located at 1101 Brickell Avenue, 10th Floor and will start at 7:30am, with the fire-side chat taking place between 8:00-8:30am before opening it up to the audience for Q&A.

Additionally, the chats will be streamed online at no cost for the virtual community.

The first meetup with this new format will take place on October 30, 2014 and will feature Xavier Cossard from Plarity and Charles Irizarry from Rokk3r Labs. The duo will be discussing general go-to-market strategies and other pre-launch topics. The idea is to have a pre-launch discussion on our first meet-up, with more specific post-launch topics being covered going forward.

“Having an opportunity to partner with Tito once again and support this great event was an honor for Rokk3r Labs,” said Nabyl Charania, co-founder and CEO of Rokk3r Labs. “It’s important for our team to be a part of the Miami tech ecosystem and share our knowledge and experience with future leaders and entrepreneurs to help them succeed and possibly co-build amazing companies with us.”

The 2nd meetup with this new format will take place on November 20th and will feature Brian Brackeen from Kairos, who will be discussing Online Marketing with the Founder of Roar Media, Jacques Hart.

“We are very excited to launch the next iteration of this collaborative mentoring program, and know that FIU students as well as the entrepreneurial community at large will benefit.” said Karyne Bury of FIU’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center.

For more information and to RSVP, follow us on Facebook at Miami Open Coffee Club.

-Submitted by MOCC team.

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