Business by Jake? Forgetting Art Basel, the Pope starts tweeting, a new home for young biotech startups, SBA talks disaster and, of course, the fiscal cliff. This week’s notable news and startup events for young treps:
1. Forget Art Basel: Entrepreneurs will ascend on Miami for Innovate MIA, a series of events focused on the area’s burgeoning tech scene and Latin American businesses. On Dec. 10 – 12, Endeavor, a nonprofit dedicated to global entrepreneurship, will ask international-business leaders to select a new class of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Then on Dec. 13 – 14, there’s the Americas Venture Capital Conference, which is hosted by Florida International University’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center. While you’re there, check out a screening of The Startup Kids on Dec. 10. (Miami Herald)
2. Business by Jake? Fitness guru and best-selling author Jake Steinfeld, of Body By Jake fame — who by the way, sold his 24-hour fitness-lifestyle network to News Corp. — will at 1 p.m. Eastern on December 14, will share his strategies for success with small businesses. The event, for which you can register here, is part of a free webinar series hosted by conferencing provider InterCall.
3. A Papal declaration: Pope Benedict XVI is expected to start catering to his digital flock by way of Twitter @pontifex on Dec. 12. The move is reportedly a response to questions about matters of the faith that he is now accepting via the hashtag #askpontifex, officials said. (New York Times)
4. Biotech boost: San Francisco’s QB3, formally the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, is expected to launch its QB3 Accelerator program on Dec. 14. Biotech entrepreneur Corey Goodman, currently with venture capital firm VenBio, will headline the kickoff with a speech on how to build a successful life sciences startup. (San Francisco Business Times)
5. Doling out disaster tips: In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, more small-business owners are taking the threat of natural disasters seriously. In response, the U.S. Small Business Administration on Dec. 11 at 12pm is hosting a free webinar on disaster preparedness. Register here. (Nebraska Radio Network)
6. The saga continues: A giant $1.047 trillion spending package for fiscal 2013 could reach the House floor as soon as this week, if House leaders give it a green light. Will they avert the much-ballyhooed fiscal cliff in time? (The Hill)
7. Doing it up in Dubai: The 3rd Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be held on Dec. 11 – 12 in United Arab Emirates, Dubai. Initially launched in Washington, D.C. in 2010 by Barack Obama, the event seeks to offer insight into the region’s new business climate, as well as access to institutional and private investors seeking to explore new business alliances. (U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council)