December 3, 2023


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Born in Colombia, Maria Barrera moved to South Florida with her mom when she was 10. Though it was a hard transition, she excelled in math and science and by high school she was tutoring. “I would spend six hours every day after school running around Weston, going to different houses, and working with second-graders to seniors. I loved that — it was my happy place.” Read more »
Published on 11/17/2023

Making Connections

Robert Morcos was 3 years old when his Jordanian family immigrated to America. He grew up in Aventura, north of Miami, as the oldest of five siblings raised by a single mom, and he says he was always acutely aware that they were not wealthy like his friends' families. “I was always very entrepreneurial. Read more »
Published on 10/10/2023

Ready for Takeoff

Air travel and cargo transport are major contributors to carbon emissions. To address the challenge, innovators are starting small. Advanced electric-powered aviation technologies, such as drones, combined with geospatial mapping and artificial intelligence, can be used to modernize the industry. The technologies also can predict and track wildfires, monitor water quality and deliver supplies to remote areas, says Tampa entrepreneur and aerospace engineer Rocio Frej Vitalle. Read more »
Published on 8/8/2023

Miami-based Mind&Melody uses music to lift seniors' spirits

Cristina Rodriguez moved with her family from Caracas, Venezuela, to Miami at age 7 and has been playing the cello since she was 10. In her freshman year of high school, she noticed that many kids in her advanced classes also played an instrument and wondered if there was something to that. She began reading about music and the brain, and one book, Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, helped chart her life course. Read more »
Published on 9/6/2022

Shrimp cocktail

Growing up in a Chicago suburb, Chris Daniels was always entrepreneurial. At 16, he acquired a hand-me-down truck and started Mulch Maniacs, employing his football-player friends. By the time he graduated high school, he had sold that business to another Chicago area landscaping company, using the proceeds to help pay for college. Read more »
Published on 4/12/2022

3 USF biomedical engineering students develop ventilator to serve multiple patients

All University of South Florida biomedical engineering seniors take a yearlong capstone course that begins with health care-related ... Read more »
Published on 2/17/2022

Limbitless Solutions creates personalized bionic arms for children

Limbitless' bionic arms build on electromyography (EMG) technology, the tech that makes prosthetics mobile. Read more »
Published on 1/18/2022

Navy veteran ShaKeia Kegler's GovLia makes selling to the government easier for small businesses

By 11th grade, ShaKeia Kegler had at least some of her life figured out — she planned to join the Navy after graduating from Gibbs High... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

Three Florida high schoolers prove to be top-grade entrepreneurs

Cutting out the middle man, Match maker, Peer tutoring Read more »
Published on 10/27/2021

Tampa entrepreneur Samyr Qureshi's tutoring business Knack is soaring

Samyr Qureshi says apps, online lessons, Zoom School, artificial intelligence and other tech only go so far in helping students learn. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

The Taste of Immokalee entrepreneurship program helps students, community thrive

In 2014, as part of a youth entrepreneurship education program, a group of Immokalee High School students created hot sauces using... Read more »
Published on 7/30/2021

At 29, he's built an order fulfillment business that employs 1,000

Jan Bednar grew up mostly in the Czech Republic, in a village of 5,000 people called Bakov nad Jizerou... Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

E-games draw a cadre of aspiring announcers and colorful commentators

A few hours before he goes to work, Gus Domingues preps his signature red hair, carefully shaping and poofing his 'do just so. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

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