This is a session at Innov8rs Miami, 20- 21 February 2019

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Embracing Startups for Corporate Innovation – Lessons Learned

Start-up engagement is an important pillar of a successful corporate innovation strategy, but many South Florida corporations have been slow to embrace it.  Join us to hear from early adopters Visa, Perry Ellis, and Watsco.  Learn from these Miami-based practioners as they share their successes, failures and lessons learned.

Tigre Wenrich

CEO at LAB Miami Ventures

Isaac Korn

Director of Innovation at Perry Ellis International Inc.

Ivan Rapin-Smith

Managing Director at Watsco Ventures

Arnoldo J. Reyes

Vice President of Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region at Visa, Inc.

Tigre co-founded LAB Miami Ventures in 2017, a “venture builder” that aims to create game-changing new digital businesses in partnership with the region’s best entrepreneurial talent and leading corporations.   Based at The LAB Miami, South Florida’s original co-working space, LAB Ventures hosts a series of technology-focused events covering the Travel, Real Estate, Logistics and FinTech sectors and has launched businesses such as MyRentHero.com, OrderOut.co, and Partsium.com.

Tigre is also an active angel investor and a mentor to several local emerging technology companies, having invested in more 30 startups.  He serves on the board of Miami Angels, the leading angel investor network in Florida.


Isaac Korn is the Director of Innovation at Perry Ellis International Inc., the Miami-based leading designer, distributor and licensor of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. Isaac has over 10 years of experience in domestic and global sourcing, product development and quality assurance for apparel, textiles and accessories, and developed an interest in innovation and technologies that led to the creation of his current role at Perry Ellis International.

He seeks to innovate within the 50-year-old firm through product development, consumer interaction, tech integrations to further streamline internal processes and improve clients’ in-store and online experiences, and more. During his first year, he led the rollout of a smart wallet with integrated Bluetooth tracker, new 3D technology and oversaw the company’s very first technology pitch off, which resulted in over 100 submissions from around the world.


Ivan Rapin-Smith currently leads Watsco Ventures, the startup incubator and corporate venture capital fund of Watsco Inc., a fortune 1000 company headquartered in Miami, USA. Prior to his current role, Ivan started and ran startup accelerator programs in Europe and the USA.  Ivan has a Masters in Engineering and co-founded several startups in Belgium before moving to Miami in 2011. He is passionate about technology-enabled business model innovation and creating connections between startups and corporations. Ivan grew up in Belgium and raised by an English father and a French mother.


Arnoldo J. Reyes is currently Vice President of Digital Partnerships, Fintech & Ventures for the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region of Visa, Inc. In this position, Mr. Reyes leads the development of partnerships with leading digital brands such as Facebook, Amazon, and PayPal. Additionally, Mr. Reyes is responsible for Visa’s commercial activities within the Fintech ecosystem and co-manages efforts related to Visa Ventures (Visa’s corporate venture capital arm) in the region.

Prior to joining Visa, Mr. Reyes was Head of Latin America at Abra, a blockchain-powered mobile payments startup whose investors include American Express Ventures, First Round Capital, and NYCA. Before Abra, Mr. Reyes was Head of Financial Services, Market & Business Development for the Latin American and Caribbean region at PayPal, Inc. At PayPal, Mr. Reyes led the company’s expansion in over 10 markets in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as all strategic partnerships, and product deployment initiatives for Small Business and Consumer segments.