10+ things to know in #MiamiTech: News from Gloria, Reental, 54D, Comcast Rise, Material Bank, Miami Moonshot winners, eMerge Americas and more. – Refresh Miami

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OneFootball, the world’s largest football media platform, announced the appointment of leading gender equality activist, campaigner, and Miami tech entrepreneur Victoire Cogevina as VP of Women’s Football.
In 2018, Victoire co-founded Gloria, a football community which will now be  rolled into OneFootball. As part of the transaction, existing Gloria investors including Alexis Ohanian, Reddit co-founder and founder of VC firm Seven Seven Six; Garry Tan, founder and managing partner of Initialized Capital; and Assia Grazioli, co-founder of Muse Capital are transferring their investment to OneFootball.
“As a football fan, I was immediately drawn to Victoire’s passion for the sport and her drive to build an inclusive, global football community online. By joining OneFootball, she will have even more opportunity to expand that vision and bring the sport of football to a whole new generation of fans,” Ohanian said.
This move represents OneFootball’s long-term commitment to women’s football as it continues to invest in new club, league, federation and player partnerships to bring the women’s game to its 100+ million monthly active users. Under COgevina’s stewardship, OneFootball is looking to significantly grow its women’s football offer and female audience.
Cogevina, 31, who founded Gloria in Miami, moved to San Francisco to grow the company and then moved back to Miami during the pandemic, also co-founded  with her mother in Miami the first female sports agency representing male professional players in Major League Soccer. She is serving as a UN Women ambassador for Gender Equality in Football.
Reental, a leading European company in tokenized properties, has opened offices in Miami and appointed Fernando Ors as its new president for the US and Latin America. Ors will be in charge of the Spanish fintech’s expansion on this side of the Atlantic.
 In his new role, Ors will promote the company’s strategic partnerships and growth, which aim to democratize investment through the use of blockchain and smart contracts. With a community of around 8,000 members from more than 55 countries, Reental  says it offers investing options in several asset classes with annual returns of more than 10%.
“Leading Reental’s growth in the Americas is a huge responsibility and an exciting challenge. We know that Miami is a particularly attractive destination for investors from Latin America and a strategic hub for our regional expansion,” said Ors.
Miami-based fitness startup 54D, with both in-person and online fitness programs, will be expanding to New York City in October. 54D already has locations in Coral Gables, the Miami Design District, Mexico and Colombia. More are coming to Los Angeles and Broward County in 2023.
54D was founded by former professional soccer player and Miami resident Rodrigo Garduño, who  took to Instagram amid pandemic lockdowns and motivated hundreds of thousands of people around the world to stay positive and healthy.  Its program consists of nine weeks of intensive training, nutrition and recovery. In just six months, Garduño’s account grew by 1M+ followers and he reached over 16M+ Instagram video views, according to Meta. [Read more about 54D on Refresh Miami]
Comcast  announced it will award $1 million in grants to 100 small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, among others, in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, bringing the Comcast RISE program’s total investment in South Florida to $2 million.
From October 3 through October 16, eligible small businesses in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties can apply online for one of the $10,000 grants at www.ComcastRISE.com. Comcast is also awarding grants in Chicago, Oakland, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
In addition, Comcast RISE invests in ongoing mentorship and resources to help businesses succeed over the long-term. The program has partnered with Ureeka, an online platform for entrepreneurs, to provide grant recipients with business coaching to help build skills in company foundation, growing customers, and financial stability.
For more information and to apply, visit www.ComcastRISE.com.
Material Bank, the world’s largest marketplace for architectural, design and construction materials, joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment by companies to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.
Based in Boca Raton, Material Bank  allows members to search from more than 450+ brands on a single website, order samples until midnight ET, and receive all materials in a single box by 10:30 AM the next morning. To date, the company has saved more than 2.4 million+ packages, eliminated 4,000 metric tons of C02, and diverted 100,000+ pounds of samples from landfills, Material Bank says.
By signing The Climate Pledge, the company takes its commitment to sustainability a step further, going beyond industry standards to place climate health and decarbonization as a top priority. 
Signatories to The Climate Pledge agree to: measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis;  implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through real business changes and innovations; and neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially-beneficial offsets to achieve net-zero annual carbon emissions by 2040. “The gravity of climate change is something we cannot ignore, and we hope our bold commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 will inspire the larger design community to continue to reevaluate and innovate when it comes to environmental impact,” said Material Bank Founder & CEO, Adam I. Sandow.
We’ve got the winners of the  inaugural Miami Moonshot Awards. The winners took home a unique TIMEPieces NFT and a roundtrip ticket to NYC, said Saif Ishoof, founder of Lab22c that organized the contest.
The social impact winner, Kerry-Ann Royes, also was awarded a $10,000 direct investment in the YWCA South Florida thanks to Amazon. And the winners were…
Congratulations to all – but particularly our own Refresh Miami Executive Director Maria Derchi and Refresh Miami’s founder Brian Breslin. Yes, we are a little biased…
The 2023 eMerge Americas Startup Showcase is once again merging with Florida Funders and Panoramic Ventures’ Startup Showdown for a mega-pitch competition.
For the opportunity to catapult your startup to the next level and pitch your brand in front of investors, decision makers and industry leaders at eMerge Americas on April 20-21, 2023, apply here. There is no cost to apply.
Over 100 companies will be selected to compete within three tracks (University Stage, Early Stage, and Later Stage) for a chance to share your story on the eMerge Main Stage. The winning startup will receive over $400,000 in investment, as well as in-kind prizes that will be announced soon. Last year, Topal.AI won the big prize.
Femtech startup 28 is locating its HQ to Miami Beach and plans aggressive hiring. The startup, founded by women for women in 2020, delivers a personalized feminine fitness and holistic wellness experience (via site and mobile app), powered by custom technology and each user’s natural menstrual cycle.
As part of the new office, the company said it plans to hire a dozen people over the next year. The startup’s Miami Beach relocation comes a month after it raised $3.2 million in a seed funding round led by Thiel Capital.
Have news to share? Email Nancy Dahlberg at ndahlbergbiz@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @ndahlberg
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