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052: Jamey Edgerton (Nvsted)

Meet Jamey Edgerton, CEO of Nvsted and Senior VP at St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Jamey joins us today to talk about the power of small investors, St. Louis’ strong entrepreneur ecosystem, and much more!

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051: Uri Fleyder-Kotler (Narya Security)

Meet Uri Fleyder-Kotler, Co-Founder & CEO at Narya Security. Narya helps enterprise businesses solve the damage caused by ransomware with a single click. Uri joins us to talk about what inspired him to start Narya, the benefits of joining an accelerator program, and much more.

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050: Robin Rath (Pixel Press)

Meet Robin Rath, Co-Founder & CEO at Pixel Press. Pixel Press builds next-gen video game creation tools that allow kids to become game designer. Robin talks about using the power of technology to encourage storytelling.

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049: Jeff Mazur (LaunchCode)

Meet Jeff Mazur, Executive Director at LaunchCode, a nonprofit that provides free, high-quality tech-industry training and job placement. Jeff joins us to talk about LaunchCode’s goal of bridging the high-skill tech workforce gap in cities across the U.S.

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048: Mauricio Ferrazza (Miami Dade College)

Meet Mauricio Ferrazza, Chairperson of Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC) at Miami Dade College. Mauricio sits down with the Innovation City team to talk about building the animation industry in Miami and why he’s excited for our augmented reality future.

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047: Anastasia Mikhalochkina (Lean Orb)

Meet Anastasia Mikhalochkina, Founder at Lean Orb. Anastasia joins Innovation City to talk about building better single-use products, educating consumers about sustainability, and her goal of helping Miami become a zero-waste city.

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046: Natalia Martinez-Kalinina (CIC Global)

Meet Natalia Martinez-Kalinina, General Manager of CIC Miami and Latin America Lead of CIC Global. Natalia joins the team to talk about the advantages that Miami offers as a hub for innovation, the power of cross-stakeholder engagement, and the importance of making entrepreneurship accessible at all levels of society.

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045: Mvstermind (Hip Hop Artist)

Meet St. Louis Hip Hop Artist, Muhammad “Mvstermind” Austin. Mvstermind is a rapper, producer and songwriter who is about to take the hip hop world by storm. He sits down with the Innovation Team to talk about finding himself as an artist and a human being, and how that growth continues to inform his work.

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044: Mark Prendergast (AB Mauri North America)

Meet Mark Prendergast, President of AB Mauri North America, the global yeast and baking ingredients business. Mark sat down with the Innovation City team to talk about the baking industry, his time working at startups in the early 2000s, and the power of fully-engaged employees.

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043: Farzana Chohan (Leadership IN Women)

Meet Farzana Chohan, DMGT-ABD, Executive Director at Leadership IN Women. Farzana is a futurist and a global leader in nonprofit development, management, and design. She shares the story of her professional development, what drew her into the fields of mentorship and leadership, and much more.

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042: Genera Moore (Motorparts Nation)

Meet Genera Moore, Founder of Motorparts Nation. Motorparts Nation is a U.S.-based company that exports aftermarket auto parts to Africa. Genera also took Lexani Motorcars to dealerships in Dubai through the Deals on Wheels program, and recently launched Tano Travel a travel company for tourists visiting West Africa.

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041: Dan Lauer (UMSL Accelerate)

Meet Dan Lauer, Founding Executive Director of UMSL Accelerate, the entrepreneurship initiative at University Missouri St. Louis. Dan sits down with Tyler and Michael to talk about his own entrepreneurial path, the power of failure, the best time to take a chance on your dreams, what you can learn from a rejection letter, and much more.

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040: William MacMillan (Prattle)

Meet William MacMillan, Ph.D., CTO & Co-Founder of Prattle. Bill joins the Innovation City team to discuss the creation of the field of data science, Prattle’s growing role in bringing attention to under-researched central banks in countries all over the world, and the value of statistical reasoning.

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039: Rikki Byrd (Writer, Educator, and Scholar)

Meet Rikki Byrd, writer, educator, and scholar. Rikki’s academic focuses include Black studies, visual culture, fashion history, and cultural studies. Rikki joins Tyler and Michael to talk about creating practical diversity.

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038: Dennis Lower (Cortex Innovation Community)

Meet Dennis Lower, President & CEO of the Cortex Innovation Community. Dennis sits down to talk about what makes a good innovation district, how they get built, and how to incorporate a variety of different environments to design a dynamic, porous, vibrant community that sparks ideas and allows entrepreneurs to thrive.

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037: Sam Abbassi (BUSHIDO Lab)

Meet Sam Abbassi, Co-Founder and Partner at BUSHIDO Lab. A software engineer with a background in neuroscience and economics, Sam leads blockchain initiatives at BUSHIDO, where he works with a small team to turn Miami into the epicenter of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies.

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036: Heather Monahan (Boss in Heels)

Meet Heather Monahan, Founder of Boss in Heels. Heather’s first career was a successful 20-year stint in media and sales that ended with a surprise termination. As she wrestled with what to do next, she chose to devote herself completely to helping women take control of their careers.

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035: Pilar Guzman Zavala (Half Moon Empanadas)

Meet Pilar Guzman Zavala, CEO at Half Moon Empanadas. Half Moon Empanadas is a serious innovator in the food space, offering 20+ flavors of Argentinian empanadas, and leading the charge to create a whole new food category in the national fast-casual market.

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034: Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, Ph.D. (Health Foundation of South Florida)

Meet Janisse Rosario-Schoepp, M.P.H., Ph.D., the Vice President of Operations and Strategy at Health Foundation of South Florida. Janisse plays a critical role in the Health Foundation’s work to improve the health and economic well-being of communities in South Florida.

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033: Nicole Denil (Internet of Things at Microsoft)

Meet Nicole Denil, GM of Global Channel Sales for Internet of Things at Microsoft. Nicole has extensive experience in both corporate and startup environments, working in marketing, sales, product development and partner development in the fields of cloud computing and IOT.

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