Florida startups are among 70 from across the nation selected by Startup America, StartUpHire, Venture for America, Opportunity Nation and Purpose, with Support from the Tampa Bay Times, to showcase how entrepreneurs, small businesses, and scalable innovations are creating jobs and providing training for our workforce of the future. Part of the Opportunity: What is Working initiative, with partners that include Microsoft, NBC News, LinkedIn and Starbucks, the expo will follow a panel discussion moderated by Tom Brokaw.
More than 20 million Americans are currently unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, there are more than 3 million jobs that have not been filled because applicants don’t have the right skills or training. But there is a real danger that by focusing exclusively on what is not working, we are ignoring what is working — the opportunities that are available, the surpluses of creativity, ingenuity and compassion that can be poured into job creation. With 15,000 credentialed media present, the conventions in Tampa and Charlotte present a unique opportunity to put the spotlight on solutions, innovative ideas and the men and women who are actually creating jobs. There is nothing left-wing or right-wing about caring for the millions of Americans who are unemployed, or those who are unable to find available jobs because they lack the necessary training.
Companies in the spotlight:
- Treehouse Island – a tech education startup that brings affordable Technology education to people everywhere, in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world
- C2C Development, LLC – a medial device company that is developing a line of delivery systems to treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors that provides a less invasive approach to deliver therapies directly to brain tissue
- GuideWell – an online health and wellness company that provides comprehensive, tailored wellness plans based on what one would like to accomplish among their personal health and wellness needs, concerns and goals – and more from nearly a variety of industries
Location: The Cuban Club, at 2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba in Tampa, FL
When: Wednesday, August 29th 2:30–5:30pm