The Knight Foundation Bets Once Again on South Florida’s Talent Surge

July 9, 2014

1:30 pm

“The goal is to help make Miami more of a place where ideas are built,” wrote program director Matt Haggman on a blog post earlier this year, confirming once again that The Knight Foundation has a plan set in motion for Miami’s growing entrepreneurial community.

Today, the Knight Foundation announced that it will be investing $248,400 to bring to Miami Enstitute, the nationally recognized apprenticeship program that connects millennials with high-growth companies. The program aims to prepare young people for the workforce and provide them with a strong foundation to pursue the career of their choice.

“We’re excited to make Miami our new home,” said Enstitute cofounder Kane Sarhan, who is planning an October pre-launch event to bring in a dozen New York-based venture capitalists to the Miami ecosystem. “Since our first trip here in early 2014, we have been absolutely blown away with the community, innovation, and opportunities here in Miami. We’re thrilled to help grow this vibrant tech ecosystem and bring in talent to support the outstanding companies that call the Miami region home.”

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This is not the first investment to bring more mentorship programs to the region. Programs like Network for Teaching EntrepreneurshipGirls Who Code, and New Leaders Council are some of the programs already in place.

“As Miami’s startup and entrepreneurial momentum continues to grow, so does the demand for talent and more opportunities for young people to connect with high-growth companies,” said Haggman.

Tech Cocktail received a grant from the Knight Foundation last October. 

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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