Traditional Healthcare has morphed into healthtech, shipping & logistics have gone on-demand, fintech is taking over the Americas and traditional industries that once ruled Miami- realtors, doctors and lawyers, are taking a back seat in the magic city.

Health Tech + Environment

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Since the 1950s, Miami-Dade’s entrepreneurial climate has nurtured successful biomedical, medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

Today, a major new asset for the region is the University of Miami’s Life Science Park, an innovation district that will eventually encompass up to 2 million square feet dedicated to supporting this sector bringing faculty, scientists, students and entrepreneurs together to encourage collaboration and innovation.

Additionally, South Florida is already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change and organizations from all sectors have accepted the challenge. Public, private, non-profit, academic and funding organizations are actively implementing solutions to both help the city adapt to rising seas and higher temperatures and build a more sustainable way of living.

Key Organizations

  • Dream in Green
  • FIU Sea Level Solution Center
  • The Cleo Institute
  • Miami Waterkeeper
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Noven Pharmaceutical
  • Cordis
  • Beckman Coulter
  • UHealth, Tissue Tech
  • Novartis Latin America
  • Medtronic Latin America

Key Startups

  • CareCloud
  • Syntheon
  • Mako Surgical
  • Neocis
Trade + Logistics

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A strategic location for serving the Americas, unsurpassed air, sea and data connections, and a skilled multicultural workforce are among the key reasons trade and logistics companies choose Miami-Dade for their regional or global facilities.

Companies from virtually every region of the world are represented in Miami-Dade’s international trade and logistics community.

Key Organizations

  • Hellman Worldwide Logistics
  • Schenker
  • Ryder Integrated Logistics
  • FedEx Latin America, Maersk

Key Startups

  • Octopi
  • Jetstream Ground
  • XTRA Airways
  • Logicxboard INC
  • StowSimple

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Creative Industries

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Miami’s creative community is at the forefront of fashion design, the creation and marketing of artwork, media production and entertainment development, evolution, production and distribution of digital communications, graphic art and design and architecture. 

Miami-Dade County’s Creative Design Industry is on full display throughout the year with internationally acclaimed events. Art Basel Miami Beach attracts leading galleries from all over the world that show historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. Similarly, the music industry gathers in Miami every Spring for Winter Music Conference, Ultra Music Festival, and Miami Music Week. And the fashion industry is in Miami over the summer for the annual Miami Swim Week.

Key Organizations 

  • Havas Group
  • Telemundo
  • Perry Ellis
  • Univision
  • HBO Latin America
  • Cisneros Group
  • Tiffany & Co
  • NBCUniversal

Key Startups

  • DART Technologies
  • Lanugo Media
  • ushouldcome
  • Anatomie
  • Unconventional Group
  • Whereby.us
  • Media Query Inc
  • Arora Project

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Software and Technology

Bottom Line

Software and software-enabled companies are the most dynamic group of larger, entrepreneurial, high value businesses in Miami. Many of the successful companies working in this area are software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies that develop new software-enabled solutions for businesses working in other local industries

Key Organizations

  • Spotify LatAm
  • Open English
  • Microsoft
  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Apple LatAm
  • Ultimate Software

Key Startups

  • Farelogix
  • e-Builder
  • Chewy.com
  • Citrix
  • Rockker

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Banking + Finance

Bottom Line

Miami-Dade has the largest concentration of domestic and international banks on the East Coast south of New York City.

Private banking, wealth management and trade finance are important components of the region’s financial sector, attracting institutions from Europe, Latin America and Canada serving individual, family and business customers. 

Key Organizations 

  • Ocean Bank
  • Assurant
  • BankUnited
  • BUPA
  • Wells Fargo
  • Bank of America
  • Visa International
  • Itau Private Bank

     

Key Startups

  • NovoPayment
  • Finconecta
  • YellowPepper
  • Investready

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Tourism + Hospitality

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Miami-Dade has been known as a tourism destination, but it is also a business location for companies active in the Hospitality & Tourism sector, including cruise lines. Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and their portfolio of cruise brands. In addition, many hotel chains have their regional offices in Miami, such as Intercontinental Hotels Group Latin America, Hilton International, Radisson Hotels & Resorts Latin America, and Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Miami is also home to Amadeus North America, and Expedia.

Key Organizations

  • Amadeus North America
  • Big Bus Tours
  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Crystal Cruises
  • East, Miami
  • Expedia
  • Kayak LatAm
  • Faena Hotel
  • Fontainebleau Hotel
  • Joe’s Stone Crab
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Pérez Art Museum Miami
  • Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
  • ZooMiami

     

Key Startups

  • Boatsetter
  • VoyHoy
  • Roam
  • Daycation

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Aviation

Bottom Line

Aviation has deep roots in Miami-Dade. The Wright Brothers performed stunts in 1911, Glenn Curtis opened a flight school in Miami Beach in 1912, the nation’s first modern passenger terminal opened at Pan American Field in Miami in September 1928 and we have the first airport on the East Coast with a Customs entry station. 

Today, MIA is one the world’s busiest hubs for domestic and international air travelers and cargo. It boasts more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, serves over 100 airlines, hosts over 44 million passengers yearly and has a network of more than 300 freight forwarders and customs brokers. 

Miami-Dade’s aviation industry has four burgeoning niches that continue to grow and prosper:  1) Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), 2) Flight simulator training, 3) Parts distribution and 4) Pharma Hub

Key Organizations 

  •  American Airlines
  • Heico
  • KLX
  • Meggitt
  • Barfield
  • Airbus Americas
  • AAR Aircraft Services & Landing Gear
  • Boeing Flight Services

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