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  • eMerge Insights Magazine

    The 1H 2021 Report

    This latest edition of eMerge Insights, published in partnership with Knight Foundation and Florida International University, is an overview of the exponential growth and potential of our local tech ecosystem. Notable highlights are:

    • $1.26 billion was invested in South Florida startups and later-stage companies across 106 deals
    • The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area ranked 13th in the U.S. for VC investments by dollar volume
    • Startups based in the Greater Miami area snagged 73% of Florida’s venture capital take in dollars
    • The Miami movement is bearing fruit, as two of the top 5 deals were new-to-Miami companies: Pipe, in the No. 1 spot with a $250 million raise, and CRM-focused Introhive, whose $100 million raise ranked third.
    • Q2 showed considerable strength in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, with venture capital surging 171% over Q1. If the 1H momentum continues, South Florida will have a record year. 

    • The 2020 Annual Insights Report

      An in-depth analysis of the momentum within the South Florida tech ecosystem throughout 2020, a profile on Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has lured big tech to the city, notable founder stories, an update on the events industry, top deals and  investment trends in Florida, Latin America. Notable highlights include:

      • $2.27 billion invested in South Florida startups and late stage companies across 156 deals in 2020
      • The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area ranked 8th in the U.S. for dollar value of deals in all of 2020.
      • Startups in the Greater Miami metro area snagged 73% of the state’s venture capital take in dollars and over 52% of the deals.

      • 2020 Global Pandemic Special Report

        Venture Activity & Investment Trends

        COVID-19. Social unrest. A contentious election season. 2020 has been a stop, start year with pressures that have lurched us into an unpredictable climate beleaguered with challenges for entrepreneurs and investors. We took this as a rallying call – anchored in our mission to connect the dots within the tech ecosystem – that resulted in powerful and deeply introspective conversations with our corporate partners, startup founders, higher education institutions, and government officials – because, ultimately, we all must work cohesively to create a thriving tech and entrepreneurial hub that is greater than the sum of our parts.

        As 2020 proved, no one can say for sure what 2021 will bring. Yet, this special report draws on the Pitchbook data from the first half of 2020 to set an optimistic stage for what’s to come.

           

        • eMerge Insights: 2019 Annual Report

          Venture Activity and Investment Trends

          2019 was a record breaking year: $2.39 billion was invested in South Florida startups. The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area ranked seventh in the U.S. for dollar value of deals, besting Austin, Chicago and Washington D.C. Additionally, venture capital in Latin America roared to record levels which produced over a dozen new unicorns in the region. As a community, we are now facing a new set of challenges to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

          • eMerge Insights: 2019 Mid-Year Report

            eMerge Insights: 2019 Mid-Year Report

            South Florida Venture Activity and Investment Trends

            It is shaping up to be a very good year for the Greater Miami ecosystem. In this report, you will read about some incredible venture capital investments in South Florida companies during the first half of 2019. If trends hold, it could be the year that shatters the record books. But behind this news is a number of developments worth celebrating.

            • eMerge Insights: 2018 Annual Report

              eMerge Insights: 2018 Annual Report

              South Florida Venture Activity and Investment Trends

              The numbers are in: South Florida-based startups had a very good year attracting venture capital in 2018. We believe Miami is on the cusp of something transformative – and the data and trends backs this up. In order to better measure our ecosystem’s evolution and impact, we partnered with former Miami Herald Business Editor Nancy Dahlberg, Florida International University, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to track and tell the story of Miami’s transformation.

              • eMerge Americas - The Rise of Miami

                The Rise of Miami: The Tech Hub of the Americas

                The Building of An Ecosystem, Uniquely Miami

                Tracing Miami’s transformation into a global innovation hub from 1973 – 2019.