The 500 Startups Miami Founder Bootcamp

500 Startups is bringing its world-class programming and network of partners & mentors to the wider entrepreneurial community with a series of six, two-day intensive bootcamps for early-stage founders. Founders are welcome to apply to one or the full series of bootcamps. Our progressive curriculum is aimed at providing the tools and resources needed to exponentially scale a company. Topics such as growth fundamentals, team building, sales and marketing , valuations and cap tables, pitching, and more will be covered!

Bootcamps will be capped at 20 startup teams per session and participation is free of cost (no fee or equity taken).

Bootcamp #1: GROWTH

Date: March 27-28

Deadline to apply: March 20

Who should apply: Founders of early-stage tech startups seeking to exponentially grow their companies. Recommended participants: CEO, CMO, Business Development, Growth Experts.

Topics include

  •    Foundations of growth
  •    How not be over-whelmed with metrics and still keep growing
  •    Decent Proposals: How to sell as a startup
  •    True Lies: What your customers tell you is not what they're buying
  •    Customer Acquisition Channels: where are your customers hiding
  •    Creating your own roadmap for growth


  • 10am-4:30pm: hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions
  • 5-6:30pm: Guest speaker

Note: Founders are expected to participate for the whole 2 days. If you are not available, please kindly give your spot to someone who is.


Featured Guest Speakers

Jaclyn Baumgarten

Co-Founder & CEO, Boatsetter

Closing in on two decades of experience as a startup expert, Jaclyn Baumgarten is a seasoned leader, change agent, and founding member of new industries and divisions. She constantly leads change for scalable growth.

As the Co-founder & CEO of leading boat sharing startup, Boatsetter, Jackie and her strong leadership led to the creation of the peer-to-peer marine insurance policy that launched the industry.

Previous experience ranges from creating new divisions in Fortune 500 corporations to growing startups into $1B entities to spearheading one of the largest commercial real estate developments in the City of Los Angeles, including PwC, IBM, and Westfield Corp.

Mike Cuesta

VP of Design & Growth Marketing, CareCloud

Mike Cuesta is Co-founder & Vice President of Marketing at CareCloud, the leader in cloud-based solutions for high-growth medical groups. Mike leads the strategy, direction and execution of the company's marketing & growth programs including lead generation, brand positioning, digital marketing, public relations and sales development. Mike is an award-winning designer and technology-focused marketing strategist with over 10 years of experience in marketing, user experience and digital strategy.