South Florida’s entrepreneurial community has a brand new gathering place: the Miami Entrepreneurship Center (MEC261), a coworking space and entrepreneurial center located in the heart of downtown Miami.
Located in the Jane building at 261 North East 1st Street, MEC261 will house tech and fashion incubators, a coworking space, a maker space and an event center. Startups will be able to access office spaces at fair and accessible monthly prices, and flex membership plans will be available as well. MEC261 members will have access to workspace, wireless internet, amenities and all of the organization’s events. Moreover, the entity will offer opportunities for mentoring and education.
MEC261 has already leased 60% of its office space. Nestor Villalobos, CEO and President of Elebev, one of the businesses slated to work in the space, discussed his company’s decision:
Elebev chose MEC261 as our first home as we wanted our team to get exposure to the dynamic entrepreneurial energy that comes from working in true community-based space. We are all very excited to be here.
The Miami Entrepreneurship Center remains a work in progress, with the construction of its event space planned for completion within the next few months, rendering it a benefit for startups and larger entities alike. Maurice Lopes, Executive Director and Founder of the Miami Entrepreneurship Center, remarked:
MEC261 will not only provide fun office space for startups, but also much needed mentorship and introductions to startup capital partners like EDC, Florida Venture Forum and EarlyShares.com.
Miami is on the rise as an international hub of technology and entrepreneurship. Last December, the city played host to Innovate MIA, a 10-day celebration of Miami tech featuring events like Wayra’s first international demo day, the Americas Venture Capital Conference, HackDay and the 46th Endeavor International Selection Panel. Miami will also become the home of Endeavor’s first U.S. affiliate, with operations set to commence later this year.
MEC261 is another piece of the city’s growing ecosystem puzzle, joining the LAB Miami, a new coworking and tech space backed by the Knight Foundation, as a place for the community to work, gather and grow.