The Miami-Dade County School Board approved a new magnet program for tech-entrepreneurship education called TEAM (Tech Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program) that will offer high school students the chance to intern with top tech startups. Selected students will experience the process of turning an idea into a software solution and will be immersed daily in the startup life at the Venture Hive Accelerator.
TEAM is a partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Venture Hive. “We are giving our students an applied, experiential learning environment with world-class technologists, the curriculum of our Accelerator program, and the mentoring and support from our team and the startups in the Hive,” said Susan Amat, a serial entrepreneur who is also the founder of Venture Hive, in a press release.
Throughout the year, TEAM will provide technology skill-building – coding and business education – through internships at Venture Hive in downtown Miami. This will include intensive classes on business and technical issues; immersion into a tech startup team to learn skills including strategy, marketing, teamwork and communication; and guidance and support to develop a project throughout the school year, Amat said. The program is scheduled to start in January.
TEAM is one of four new industry-focused magnet school concepts that are part of Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s new A.I.M. (Actively Investing in Miami-Dade) Initiative. “Through this initiative, we’re giving our best and brightest students an opportunity to learn about the impact technology has in building a business from start to finish, and to experience firsthand what our community has to offer them,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, who has supported this project and Venture Hive from the start. “I look forward to seeing how TEAM evolves and grows.”
Funded by Miami’s Downtown Development Authority and Miami-Dade County, Venture Hive is an economic development-focused Accelerator/Incubator for about 35 companies and more than 100 entrepreneurs. Venture Hive launched in January.