The Miami Guide had a chat with Dr. John Wensveen at eMerge America in Miami Beach to talk about innovation and how South Florida is well on its way to becoming the leader in innovation and technology for the nation.

In this interview, we talked about how Miami is on its way to become the next tech hub, the importance of building a culture of innovation, how people in Miami can take advantage of the current boom in tech. John also talked about the Levan Center serving as an innovation and technology hub.

Quotes from the interview: “Innovation doesn’t occur unless there is an innovation mindset”


John Wensveen is a Chief Innovation Officer at Nova Southeastern University & Executive Director at Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center).

Dr. Wensveen was moderating the panel Tech as An Equalizer and How That Helped Put Miami on The Map on the Main Stage. In addition, the Levan Center is a Diamond sponsor and had a display presentation within the showroom centered on their three core themes: innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

As a public-private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County, the Levan Center serves as an innovation and technology hub for the greater South Florida community. They offer an array of customized programs, events, and wraparound services, which focus on the themes of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship, resulting in breakthrough ideation, new technologies, talent skills pipeline, company formation, job creation, and scaling of early-stage and young-startup companies.

The Levan Center’s wide breath of technology is a resource for entrepreneurs at all stages of the founder’s journey, training individuals in areas such as AI/machine learning, spatial computing, data analytics, blockchain and UX/UI Design. In March of this year, The Levan Center was awarded $1.94 million in National Defense Authorization Act Community Projects Funding to continue their commitment to improve access to and development of emerging technologies.

Some highlights from their in-house technology offerings are the Cybersecurity Range, the Levl5: Space Dock™, the Technology Makerspace and the North Star Pitch Room. Additionally, the Levan Center offers a full-service media production studio, multiple event spaces, huddle rooms and an expansive coworking space. It also provides access to humanoid robots and manufacturing robots, 3D printers, AR/VR headsets, 3D Scanners, high performance computers, and access to the 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) Florida LambdaRail network.

The Levan Center is an economic and education development engine serving South Florida with local, regional, national, and international impact. Follow John Wensveen and Levan Center of Innovation.