Nancy Dahlberg is a Miami Herald business writer and former editor with a passion for startups, technology and what makes entrepreneurs tick. She founded and hosts the Starting Gate blog on Miamiherald.com/business, the go-to place for news and views about startups and entrepreneurship in South Florida, as well as helpful resources. For the Miami Herald, she writes about startups and trends, the entrepreneurial movement in South Florida, entrepreneurial support organizations and local technology companies.
Since 2009, she has also coordinated the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, an annual contest for entrepreneurs in South Florida, and has grown it from a contest that attracted 58 entries in 2008 to a three-track competition that attracted 248 qualified business plan entries this year. In addition, she launched and hosts an annual Business Plan Bootcamp, a free evening event featuring marquee local investors and startup advisors that attracted 350 people this year, and has produced pitch competitions. She also organizes an annual winners’ luncheon for 60.
Although her passion is writing, Nancy also spent many years as an editor and reporters’ supervisor, including several years as editor of Business Monday, the Miami Herald’s weekly business magazine, and stints as daily business editor.
Nancy has been a journalist for more than 30 years, at the Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News and the Orlando Sentinel. Raised in St. Petersburg, Fla., she graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in journalism.