eMerge Americas Announces Partnerships With Leading Universities And Colleges

MIAMI, Dec. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting Latin America to the rest of the world, announced today new partnerships with Florida International University (FIU), the University of Miami (UM), Miami-Dade College (MDC) and Broward College.

For the first time, all four higher-ed institutions will converge at the Miami Beach Convention Center for the eMerge Americas annual event on April 29-30, 2019.

"Talent development and retention is critical to the growth and sustainability of the Miami tech ecosystem," said Felice Gorordo, eMerge Americas CEO. "As important ecosystem partners, we are honored to build on our long-standing partnerships with FIU, UM, MDC-and now, Broward College-to help develop a pipeline of homegrown talent and opportunities."

FIU and Cyxtera Technologies will be hosting their inaugural on-site cybersecurity augmentation training program at eMerge Americas. Drawing from experience in fund-formation, eMerge Americas and its partners will also assist FIU in launching and structuring an early stage, pre-seed venture fund.

"At FIU we are committed to life-long learning," said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. "We look forward to joining forces with other anchor institutions in South Florida and help eMerge participants gain important skills to get and create 21st century jobs."

Earlier this year, MDC opened the Cybersecurity Center of the Americas, a hyper-realistic training platform aimed at detecting, stopping, and remediating cyberattacks in real-time. MDC's Cybersecurity Center will provide training to students, public and private sector organizations, as well as cybersecurity professionals.

"In partnering with eMerge Americas, MDC seeks to continue expanding our South Florida tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem, and prepare our students to compete in tomorrow's workforce today," said Eduardo J. Padrón, the President of Miami Dade College.

eMerge Americas has also partnered with UM on the Latin American (LatAm) Roadshow to engage innovative university startups as part of the Hemispheric University Consortium, a platform for collaboration in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

"Through the Hemispheric Consortium launched at eMerge Americas, the University of Miami is partnering with the leading universities across the region and helping foster a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem throughout the Americas," said Dr. Julio Frenk, University of Miami President.

Together, eMerge Americas and UM are hosting pitch competitions as a cornerstone of the LatAm Roadshow at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Technológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Universidad de las Américas (Mexico) and the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil). The top two winners from each university will be fast-tracked into the eMerge Americas Global Startup Showcase in April.

For the first time, Broward College will have a presence at the upcoming eMerge Americas 2019 event showcasing their cutting-edge and entrepreneurially focused program both on the exhibit floor and on stage.

"We are consistently looking for new and innovative ways to help students embrace an entrepreneurial mindset," said Gregory Adam Haile, Broward College President. "This collaboration with eMerge Americas, a leader in technology and innovation, will provide a platform for our entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and make business connections."

The eMerge Americas 2019 lineup, featuring all four higher-ed institutions, sets the stage for another successful year of innovative collaboration and thought-leadership with game-changers in the Miami tech community.

Advanced registration for eMerge Americas 2019 is now open at emergeamericas.com.

About eMerge Americas
eMerge Americas is the premier technology event connecting Latin America to the rest of the world held annually at the Miami Beach Convention Center. By connecting global industry leaders and investors with America's top business executives, technology decision-makers, and entrepreneurs, eMerge Americas is transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas. In 2018, eMerge Americas attracted more than 15,000 attendees from 400 participating companies and more than 40 countries. eMerge Americas serves as a catalyst in order to propel innovation and investment in South Florida and Latin America. The eMerge Americas founding partners include: Medina Capital, A Rod Corporation, Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and the Miami Herald. For more information about eMerge Americas, please visit: emergeamericas.com.

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