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Black Tech Miami Founders Receive $2.1M Investment to Support Center For Black Innovation

Entrepreneurs Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson founded the Black Tech Miami initiative in 2012 with a vision of fostering more opportunities for Black innovators in the city’s startup ecosystem. As a result of their commitment to the cause — developing youth coding initiative Code Fever Miami and Blacktech Week, and expanding Black Girls Code to Miami — their vision has been recently bolstered by a $2.1 million investment that will support the Center for Black Innovation, The Miami Times reports. “We have a long-term goal where we hope to raise more money to create a foundation we believe can last long term,” said Pearson. The funding is courtesy of the Knight Foundation, which contributed $1.5 million just this month, and other financial commitments, including $350,000 from social justice reform-focused organization, Surdna Foundation, and $250,000 from Comcast NBCUniversal. “As a cornerstone for opportunity, the Center provides the technical assistance necessary to build out...

Niki McGloster

Nov 24, 2020

Top Cities to Attend Coding Bootcamp in 2020

While Silicon Valley may be known as the foremost tech hub in the U.S., there are a number of other emerging hubs across the country. Many people interested in pursuing a career in tech are now considering cities like Los Angeles and Chicago. Before you move to a new city to start your tech career, consider which cities have high-quality training programs that will help you learn the skills you need to thrive in the industry. Luckily for you, there are a number of excellent coding bootcamps all around the country — even in cities with nascent tech industries. We’ve compiled a list of the top cities with high-quality coding bootcamps. This list will give you a sense of where you could break into one of the best tech jobs and provide you with information about some of the top coding bootcamps in those cities. Let’s break down the top ten cities to attend coding bootcamp and explore some of the best training programs those cities have to offer. 1. San Diego, California Silicon Beach...

Career Karma

Feb 3, 2020

Venture Cafe Miami Receives $1 Million From Knight Foundation

This month, the Knight Foundation — an organization that provides funding to diversity programs and initiatives — announced it is giving $1 million to Venture Cafe Miami. The investment is dedicated to helping Venture Cafe Miami expand its geographic reach, increase entrepreneurs access to capital and investors and execute initiatives that encourage diversity. Venture Cafe Miami is a nonprofit organization focused on diversifying Miami’s startup and entrepreneurial scene. Founded in 2016, the company provides programs and events like the Captains of Innovation Program and Thursday Gatherings. The Captains of Innovation Program gives startup members the chance to network and partner with corporations. The program’s corporate partners learn about upcoming technologies. Thursday Gatherings are free weekly mixers that allow innovators in the Miami ecosystem to connect and collaborate for future endeavors. “Each week, we encounter hundreds of individual innovators navigating varying...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 22, 2018