6+ things to know in #MiamiTech: New HQ for global fintech; Navigable cohort; Ironhack scholarships; and much more



Global fintech Paysend opens Americas headquarters in Miami

Paysend, a UK-based fintech with over 6.5 million customers in over 150 countries, has opened its US headquarters in Miami.

Formed in April 2017, Paysend is on a mission to change the way money is moved around the world. Supporting both businesses and individual users, Paysend has introduced international card-to-card transfers, enabling connections between 12 billion cards worldwide – Mastercard, Visa, China UnionPay and others. The company currently has 330 employees, 50% of whom work in software development, and it secured $125 million in Series B funding to accelerate the expansion of its global payments platform in May 2021.

“We view Miami as a strategically important location for Paysend, so opening our US headquarters in Miami was a logical step for us to leverage the industry-leading entrepreneurial ecosystem and dominant talent pool that is growing. We recently consolidated our Americas areas – Canada, Americas and Latin America – into one region and Miami provides the best location to serve our customers in these areas as well as a bridge to the Caribbean and Central America,” said Abdul Abdulkerimov, Founder and President of Paysend, mentioned:

Paysend has grown by 14,498% over the past four years and is one of the fastest growing FinTech companies in the world, the company said. Recent partnerships with MOVii, one of Colombia’s leading mobile wallet services, Visa Direct and Mastercard Send have expanded Paysend’s cross-border money transfer services for US customers, particularly to Latin America.


Seaworthy Collective announces 2n/a cohort. And they are…

Seaworthy Collective, a Miami-based community at the forefront of regenerative ocean and climate impact, has announced its second cohort of marine changemakers. Ten startups will participate in its 12-week venture capital studio program to create co-created startups or grow existing startups focused on ocean and climate impact.

Over the next 12 weeks, members of the Seaworthy cohort will have the opportunity to make catalytic connections, with access to Seaworthy’s network of over 250 mentors and collaborators, a community of over 2,000 founders and operators current and future, as well as investment partners with over $1 billion in assets under management. This all leads up to Seaworthy’s startup showcase taking place in July.

“The startups in our second cohort are scaling up reef regeneration, boosting carbon dioxide removal, tackling plastic pollution (both upstream and downstream), and leveraging technologies ranging from sensors to blockchain to create meaningful data and value. From Hawaii to South Africa, we are excited to continue growing our global community by fostering the development of a regenerative blue economy for South Florida and beyond. said Daniel Kleinman, founder and CEO of Seaworthy Collective.

Participants in Seaworthy Collective’s second cohort were selected from more than 200 applicants. The two co-created startups will work with a team of innovators to co-found their own impact business as part of one of Seaworthy’s opportunities for Sea Change. The companies in the cohort are:

  • Seed World – Kahinani Way, Kaneohe HI
  • Reef Vitalize – Austin, TX
  • Smartfin – Seattle, Washington
  • SUPER – San Francisco, CA
  • Rovon Technology – Orlando, Florida
  • Lilly1 – Miami, Florida
  • Capital Swish – KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • Co-creating a coastal resilience startup x web3 (launching this summer) with co-founders Ryan Sedegat (Coral Gables, FL) and Jordan Gluck (Boca Raton, FL)
  • Co-creation of a regenerative publishing company startup (launching this summer) with co-founders Ben Hone (Hoboken, NJ), Angela Betancourt (Miami, FL), Rachel Small (Toronto, Canada)

Learn more about startups here.


Ironhack Announces $200,000 in Scholarships for Tech Talent and Hackathon Winner

At the eMerge Americas 2022 conference, eMerge Americas and Ironhack announced $200,000 in scholarship diversity funds to develop local tech talent and support the growth of the #MiamiTech ecosystem. Ironhack is building the world’s premier talent marketplace for emerging tech talent, powered by their 10,000 bootcamp alumni with the goal of becoming the most results-driven institution in the world.

The fund will consist of 50 partial scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $9,500 to be applied towards Ironhack tuition. The scholarship will prioritize women and underrepresented minorities (i.e. Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American) who are at least 18 years old on the date of entry.

Interested persons can apply here. Cohorts are available starting in May for in-person, distance, and hybrid courses. Candidates can choose between courses offered in web development, UX/UI design, and data analysis.

Additionally, at eMerge Americas, the winner of eMerge America’s + Ironhack Hackathon was announced. The theme of the hackathon, held on April 12, was Deploy web3 for social good and the prize was $10,000. The winning team pitched a project called GreenCrate, a decentralized platform for donors to pool money to help subsidize groceries for families going through unexpected financial hardship. .

Ironhack’s US operations have been headquartered in Miami since 2015 and have campuses throughout Europe and Latin America.


Over 1,000 attend SoFlo Dev Con 2022 hosted by South Forida Tech Hub at NSU

South Florida Tech Hub hosted the 17th annual one of the region’s largest conferences for software developers, designers, engineers and technology professionals. SoFlo Dev Con 2022 on April 16 saw over 1,000 attendees and over 100 speakers descend on the Carl DeSantis building at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

Topics and workshops included Machine Learning, AI, VR/AR/MR, IoT, .NET, DevOps, MVC Framework, JavaScript, JQuery, SQL Server, Business Intelligence, Software Testing, Xamarin/Mobile Development, Azure/Cloud, Business/ Career Development, and more. There were 17 tracks including web3, blockchain, AI, cloud, web development, leadership and investment. The event was free for participants.


Plantation’s Inspected.com raises $2.2 million

Inspected.com, a Plantation-based remote virtual inspection platform provider, announced that it has raised $2.2 million in funding. The backers were not disclosed. The company plans to use the funding to accelerate development of its virtual inspection software platform as it continues to expand to additional customers across the United States.

Inspected.com is a patent-pending remote video inspections mobile app that allows inspectors to conduct inspections right from their office/home, saving travel time, increasing efficiency and ultimately save money. The platform also makes it possible to geolocate homes to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the inspection.

It is already used by hundreds of construction and renovation industry professionals for remote authorization and verification. Examples include HVAC companies, pool service companies, logistics and transportation companies, and others, he said.


opportunity knocks

Florida Power & Light recently announced an investment of $800,000 in scholarships for black students to help earn a bachelor’s degree at Miami Dade College in the field of technology. FPL funds will be used to cover tuition, fees, books, and transportation costs for eligible Black students in financial need over the next 4 years. This support will allow students to focus on their education, accelerating completion and entry into South Florida’s tech workforce. For more information and to apply for the scholarship, go here.


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