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Levan Center Hosts Successful South Florida Innovation Day

The facility is focused on three themes: innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

The Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation, in partnership with eMerge Americas, recently hosted the Second Annual South Florida Innovation Day. The event, held for a full day, aimed to facilitate the growth of emerging technologies and promote global market expansion in South Florida. It featured various activities, including panel discussions, a pitch competition for entrepreneurs, and technology demonstrations, which helped foster collaboration among innovators. The event was sponsored by UKG, Bezoku, and South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine (SFBW).

The center operates as a public-private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County. It is located in a 54,000-square-foot facility in Fort Lauderdale and is known as “The World’s First Theme Park for Entrepreneurs.” For further information, visit Nova.edu/innovation/.

Oscar DiVeroli, Member Board of Directors, Validifi; John Wensveen, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer of NSU and Executive Director of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation; and Chris Pedone, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey

Main Photo caption: Jennifer Starkey; John Wensveen, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer of NSU and Executive Director of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation; Melissa Medina, CEO, President & Co-founder of eMerge Americas; XX; Beth Elletson; Arnon Krongrad; Manish Hirapara; and Jaap Donath, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director, Programs, Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation

(Photos Courtesy of RCI Photography and Levan Center of Innovation) 

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.