What’s happened after ‘How can I help?’

‘How can I help?’ is the slogan that catapulted a major movement for Miami and its history. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s tweet one year ago today launched a Venture Miami team to help build a collaborative atmosphere amongst the entire city. Over the last year, the Venture Miami team has grown to include advisors from across academia, including the University of Miami and Miami Dade College.

On Thursday afternoon, Venture Miami, together with Miami-Dade universities and colleges and dozens of employers, from startups to giants, held a Venture Miami Tech Hiring Fair for students and graduates on Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus on Thursday afternoon/evening and it appeared to be a big success.

500+ tech job seekers, 1,000+ open jobs: Let’s connect them

With #MiamiTech making global headlines and tech firms flooding into the 305, the Venture Miami team, FIU, Florida Memorial University (FMU), Miami-Dade College (MDC), University of Miami (UM), and the Talent Development Network took this moment to collaborate and highlight local talent at the Venture Miami Tech Hiring Fair.

30+ employers connected with 500+ job seekers and students looking to make their next break in tech, including Amazon, ChenMed, CoinRoutes, Kaseya, Lula, DataRemote, Florida Power & Light, Papa, SwagUp, SmartHop, Slalom, Traba, the University of Miami’s UHealth System, and many others. Job seekers even received on-the-spot interviews with organizations ready to hire them immediately.

“We’re all here today because we believe in two things: first, we believe that the future is brighter than the past and that technology is part of that future. And second, we believe in all of you,” – Miami Mayor Francis Suarez

Almost a year in to Venture Miami, the Venture Miami team has worked hard to ensure that tech firms move to Miami, stay in Miami, and hire our Miami’s local students and grads. “We know that if we work together, we can find a way to make this city and this country the most dynamic and innovative place on the planet,” Mayor Suarez said in emotional remarks.

“We’ve got all [the talent] that we need. We’re here to make that connection.” – Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg, UM president Julio Frenk, Miami-Dade president Madeline Pumariega and FMU Dean of Arts and Sciences Samuel A. Darko, PhD, also shared excitement on the future of Miami and its students. “With this community, we can compete, we will compete, and we will provide the best talent in a way that when we’re finished, people will look back and say ‘yea, we can count on Miami’,” said President Rosenberg.

“As Miami seeks to become what Mayor Francis Suarez calls the ‘capital of capital,’ a key pillar is advancing human capital,” said the Mayor’s Venture Miami leader and Senior Advisor for Innovation & Technology, Saif Ishoof, who is also Vice President of FIU’s Office of Engagement. Indeed, the future looks bright for #MiamiTech, and our Miami community is ready for what’s in store with the talent to make it happen.

Of course, true success will show up in the outcomes. Did you find a job through the hiring fair? Let us know at Refresh Miami here.


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Krysten Brenlla