TechLauderdale

  • Fort Lauderdale’s hub for tech professionals, executives and entrepreneurs.

Our Mission

TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Among the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach ranked…

  • 1st
  • In Startup
  • Activity
  • 10th
  • in Main Street
  • Entrepreneurship
  • 36th
  • in Growth
  • Entrepreneurship

TechLauderdale Events

You can’t say we didn’t prepare you!

Are you Suffering from Tech Event FOMO? You’ve come to the right place. Staying up to date on tech events allows you to save time, astound your clients, and reach your goals. To help you stay ahead of the curve, check out all the upcoming tech events.

Jun
5
Wed
vBeers @ Palm Beach (North)
Jun 5 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

vBeers South Florida
Wednesday, June 5 at 6:00 PM

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, …

vBeers @ Palm Beach (North)

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019, 6:00 PM

Yard House
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave North Palm Beach, FL

0 Techies Attending

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami. These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other hands-on IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida. Come out and con…

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Jun
12
Wed
vBeers @ Ft. Lauderdale @ Funky Buddha Brewery
Jun 12 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

vBeers South Florida
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:00 PM

Join us for the next vBeers South Florida. vBeers events happen four times a month, once per county: vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Mont…

vBeers @ Ft. Lauderdale

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019, 6:00 PM

Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 Ne 38th St # A1 Oakland Park, FL

2 Techies Attending

Join us for the next vBeers South Florida. vBeers events happen four times a month, once per county: vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Month vBeers @ Ft. Lauderdale 2nd Wednesday of Month vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to mee…

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Jun
19
Wed
SIM: Digital Transformation Dinner Part 2 “Robotic Process Automation with a side of Machine Learning” @ Carl DeSantis Building Room 3000
Jun 19 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
SIM: Digital Transformation Dinner Part 2 “Robotic Process Automation with a side of Machine Learning” @ Carl DeSantis Building Room 3000 | Davie | Florida | United States

You are cordially invited to join SIM South Florida, for Part 2 of our ‘Digital Transformation Dinner’ Series featuring a keynote speaker and our panel of industry experts.

Gartner refers to Robotic Process Automation as a “gateway technology” because it provides companies with a way to start transforming their business operations more easily and for minimal cost. With the highest adoption rate of automation tools, demand for RPA tools is growing and it’s time to leverage this technology in your business to be more efficient and improve quality.

About SIM South Florida:
SIM South Florida strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and public organizations. For updated event information, membership and chapter news visit: https://chapter.simnet.org/southflorida

vBeers @ Boca
Jun 19 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

vBeers South Florida
Wednesday, June 19 at 5:30 PM

The South Florida Technology Alliance (http://www.southfloridatech.org/) and vBeers South Florida (http://www.meetup.com/vBeers-South-Florida/) invite…

vBeers @ Boca

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2019, 5:30 PM

Biergarten Boca
309 Via De Palmas #90 Boca Raton, FL

0 Techies Attending

The South Florida Technology Alliance (http://www.southfloridatech.org/) and vBeers South Florida (http://www.meetup.com/vBeers-South-Florida/) invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and E…

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Jun
26
Wed
vBeers @ Miami (Veza Sur Brewing Co.)
Jun 26 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

vBeers South Florida
Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 PM

Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your indust…

vBeers @ Miami (Veza Sur Brewing Co.)

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019, 5:30 PM

Veza Sur Brewing Co.
55 NW 25th St Miami, FL

0 Techies Attending

Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in thes…

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Jul
3
Wed
vBeers @ Palm Beach (North)
Jul 3 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

vBeers South Florida
Wednesday, July 3 at 6:00 PM

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, …

vBeers @ Palm Beach (North)

Wednesday, Jul 3, 2019, 6:00 PM

Yard House
11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave North Palm Beach, FL

0 Techies Attending

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami. These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other hands-on IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida. Come out and con…

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Community Events

May
28
Tue
SFAA SIG – SAFe Scaling Agile : What , How and When ? @ Sproutloud Media Networks
May 28 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

South Florida Agile Association
Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 PM

As part of SFAA’s SAFe SIG group initiative, let us meet to discuss different ways of Scaling agile from small teams to large organizations, what are …

SFAA SIG – SAFe Scaling Agile : What , How and When ?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 7:00 PM

Sproutloud Media Networks
15431 SW 14th Street Sunrise, FL

2 Agilists Attending

As part of SFAA’s SAFe SIG group initiative, let us meet to discuss different ways of Scaling agile from small teams to large organizations, what are different ways and means and when would be the right time to implement this. This is part of the monthly recurring series of meetups. Acronyms: • SFAA: South Florida Agile Association (https://www.mee…

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May
29
Wed
Meet Lillian Roberts of Xendoo, winner of Steve’s Case’s Rise Of The Rest tour 100k prize. @ General Provision
May 29 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Lillian is a force to be reckoned with. After winning the 2018 technology prize at Emerge Americas, Lillian’s pitch just won Xendoo the Rise of the Rest Miami 2019 startup pitch contest. Join us to hear Lillian share her successful entrepreneurial journey and provide us with invaluable insights as we celebrate #SGWomen Leaders Month and Kickoff Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale LatinX In Tech.

Xendoo offers a financial scorecard, scalable monthly rates that include your tax return, planning support and unlimited access to CPAs, while simplifying your bookkeeping and accounting and delivering the financial attention you’ve been craving. Unlike a traditional CPA relationship where the focus may not be on your big picture, Xendoo takes a holistic and responsive approach to make your company operate faster and better. By using Xendoo as your business partner, you’ll have the peace of mind you need to do what you do best – build your business.

Every May, Startup Grind hosts #SGWomen Leaders Month –  proudly recognizing the accomplishments of successful women leaders all over the world. These women are founders, venture capitalists, engineers, executives and more, who represent our community. They are the women who exemplify profound leadership skills, hard-work, humility, and success and demonstrate their strength with devotion to the work they do everyday. They encourage and inspire us all!

Startup Grind Fort Lauderdale is partnering with Startup Broward to kickoff Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale LatinX In Tech with a series of events designed to strengthen and grow the local Startup ecosystem. By purchasing a ticket to Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale LatinX In Tech you will receive a courtesy discount code to this event.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 400 cities and 115 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators, and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

May
30
Thu
Become an Idea Machine! @ General Provision Fat Village
May 30 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Discover your Creative Engine and become an Idea Machine!
We can all agree that creativity improves everything.

We can ALSO all agree that creativity has been painted as something that’s hard, unapproachable, and reserved for the elite & capable few.

Yeah… you’ve been lied to.

This workshop will break down both the understood & misunderstood barriers between you and creativity. It’ll reveal to you exactly what is happening in minds that are running ‘creative programming’ and teach you how to replicate those same practices and patterns in your own mind and actions.

In the workshop, we will:
Explore the link between Happiness & Creation
Determine your individual barriers to creativity using a Creativity Blocker assessment tool
Master 3 High Volume Idea Generation Strategies that can be used individually, with your family, with co-workers, etc.
Learn to recognize ideas in their rawest form
Discover the danger of “defaults”
Devise a personal plan to create
and more and much, much more.

Join us for this fun eye opening workshop facilitated by Halle Prentice. As the Director of Ideation & Content at Prototopics, Halle has designed & delivered more than a dozen content-rich workshops on innovative thought systems, topics including but not limited to: Blue Ocean Strategy, Rapid Prototyping, Effective Brainstorming, Leveraging the Lean Model Canvas, and Culture Shifting.

Take this workshop to the next level by registering for Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale | Latinx in Tech.
Startup Weekend is the only event where you can gather a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business model, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, business professionals, developers etc. then pitch your new Startup to a judging panel of prominent startup experts all in one weekend.
Register here: https://latinxswftl.eventbrite.com

Term Sheets Masterclass. @ Venture Cafe
May 30 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Congratulations!

Your Startup is on the verge of getting funded, and you feel bombarded with terms such as:
SAFE
convertible note
preferred shares
pre-money
post-money
liquidation preference
drag-along
anti-dilution
voting rights
You’re familiar with these terms aren’t you? Are you? What impact will they have once the investor is on board? Will you stay in control of your company? Which terms are most important to you?

Join us for this dynamic, in-depth and essential workshop on Term Sheets facilitated by David Willbrand, Early Stage & Emerging Company Practice Chairperson at Thompson Hine. David is also a superstar educator, teaching “Mergers & Acquisitions” at the University of Michigan Law School, “Startups, Venture Capital and Private Equity” at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and a lecturer at the nationally-ranked Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship.

David will provide us with:
An overview of the funding round legal process
Guidance selecting the right Terms for the entrepreneur
Guidance on protecting your startup from adverse effects
Tips on Term Sheet negotiations

Whether you started fundraising or are planning to raise funding from angel investors or early stage venture funds, you do not want to miss this workshop!

Take this workshop to the next level by registering for Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale | Latinx in Tech.
Startup Weekend is the only event where you can gather a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business model, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, business professionals, developers etc. then pitch your new Startup to a judging panel of prominent startup experts all in one weekend.
Register here: https://latinxswftl.eventbrite.com

Turbocharge your Startup! @ VentureX
May 30 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Build your own Startup accelerator.
This free workshop was created to introduce entrepreneurs to the startup acceleration process and help them grow their startups the fastest way possible using world-class methodologies, tools and best practices without having to join an accelerator.

This workshop will help you:
Shape your entrepreneurial vision
Build an execution track record
Validate an investment-ready Startup

The following subjects will be covered:
Intro to key tools, benchmarks, checklists and objectives
Identification of your startup core mission
Identification of your individual priorities, key missions and tasks
Definition of your objectives and milestones, with a focus on maximized value creation
Pitching, debriefing and challenging of your results. Get inputs to improve and accelerate
Defining the value creation roadmap
Methodologies and tools to build the execution plan
Communicating and executing the execution plan
Getting ready for the funding process

Take this workshop to the next level by registering for Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale | Latinx in Tech.
Startup Weekend is the only event where you can gather a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business model, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, business professionals, developers etc. then pitch your new Startup to a judging panel of prominent startup experts all in one weekend.
Register here: https://latinxswftl.eventbrite.com

May
31
Fri
Turn your idea into a Startup in one weekend. @ General Provision
May 31 @ 6:00 PM

Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Lauderdale | Latinx in Tech 5/31/19

Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?
Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech is the only event where participants can pitch an idea, partner into teams then build and launch a brand new startup over the course of a single weekend all under the guidance of local experts.

Turn your idea into a startup in 54 hours
Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech brings exposure, awareness, and an experiential way to learn about tech to the community.We aim to inspire potential entrepreneurs in the Latinx community to breathe life into their ideas and learn how to bridge the gap from ideation to prototype with customer validation.

We’re gathering 100 Latinx entrepreneurs in the making and allies over 54 hours, in different cities to identify and design technology solutions to problems disproportionately facing the U.S. Latinx community.

Our main focus is on tech solutions, but we welcome all ideas that will help to create a future fueled by Latinx leadership and experiences.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
Benefits and discounts from our global partners
One-on-one time with amazing mentors
A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Q&A:

I am not Latin(a/o), can I still attend?
Absolutely! Startup Weekends are inclusive events. While this event aims to educate LatinX entrepreneurs about Tech in our community it is open to participants from all backgrounds.
I am not Latin(a/o), can I still volunteer?
Absolutely! Startup Weekends are inclusive events for volunteers as well. Reach out to us at fortlauderdale@startupweekend.org with your LinkedIn profile link and we will contact you.

In what language will the event be conducted?
The event will be conducted in English. While team members are free to collaborate internally in any language, all main event activities will be conducted in English.

I am a LatinX entrepreneur but I speak very little English, can I still attend?
Contact us at fortlauderdale@startupweekend.org and we will arrange for you to be part of a team with at least 1 bilingual speaker who is willing to help translate.

¿No soy latin(a/o), todavía puedo asistir?
¡Absolutamente! Los Startup Weekends son eventos inclusivos. Si bien este evento tiene como objetivo educar a los empresarios de LatinX sobre la tecnología en nuestra comunidad, está abierto a participantes de todos los orígenes.

¿No soy latin(a/o), todavía puedo ser voluntario?
¡Absolutamente! Los Startup Weekends son eventos inclusivos para voluntarios también. Póngase en contacto con nosotros en fortlauderdale@startupweekend.org con su enlace de perfil de LinkedIn y nos pondremos en contacto con usted.

¿En qué idioma se realizará el evento?
El evento se llevará a cabo en inglés. Si bien los miembros del equipo son libres de colaborar internamente en cualquier idioma, todas las actividades pricipales del evento se llevarán a cabo en inglés.

¿Soy un empresario LatinX pero hablo muy poco inglés, todavía puedo asistir?
Póngase en contacto con nosotros en fortlauderdale@startupweekend.org y haremos los arreglos para que forme parte de un equipo con al menos un orador bilingüe que esté dispuesto a ayudar a traducir.

For all event details, please visit http://communities.techstars.com/events/14625

About Techstars Startup Weekend: Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Entrepreneurs

Resources for startups and businesses of all sizes.

Our directory of resources can help connect you to the right tool and people in order to bring your new idea to fruition or your existing business to the next level.

Education

Never too young or too old to learn something new to or enhance your skills

Take classes to learn every part of building a business. Work on your startup in class, develop a product, or prepare yourself for a career in startups, private equity & VC, intrapreneurship, or social entrepreneurship.  Experience theory and practice in and out of the classroom with other successful business owners.

High School

Broward county school district is the second largest in the state of Florida. High school students have opportunities to experience learning beyond the classroom in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, Innovative Programs and more that prepare students for a multitude of career paths. 

Higher Education

Higher Ed universities such as Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward College help students further develop their creative and technical skills through experiential learning opportunities and corporate/community partnerships.

Professional Development

There are a number of professional development opportunities featured in Broward County throughout the year. Conferences, workshops, and continuing education courses can be located though our events calendar or by visiting collaborator websites.

Economic Development

New & growing businesses = job creation & innovation.

The engine of success, economic development is, without doubt, a pivotal resource in building and maintaining the continued growth of our region. We welcome the regions chambers of commerce and all economic development organizations within Broward County.

Broward by the Numbers…

  • 23,700
  • Total Tech
  • Talent
  • 24%
  • of Tech are
  • Female
  • 1,031
  • Total Tech
  • Degrees
  • 76%
  • of Tech are
  • Male
  • $81,108
  • Avg. Tech
  • Talent Wage
  • 11%
  • Talent Wage
  • 5yr Growth

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is pleased to support and assist entrepreneurs and emerging companies in Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County.

Read More

NSU Broward Innovation Center

NSU Broward Innovation Center, a 60,000-square-foot incubator and accelerator project. Elevating Broward as a national technology hub.

Read Press Release

Center for Collaborative Research

NSU’s Technology Incubator and high-tech space enables qualified companies to lease private space that will give them access to researchers, technology, and labs.

Read More

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Metro), April 2018. & The National Center for Education Statistics (Metro), July 2017

Get Involved

Help build and promote our tech community

Looking to get involved in Broward's Technology Ecosystem? Do you provide a service that aligns to one of the below area's? If so, go ahead and contribute by selecting one of areas below.

About

A County-wide technology initiative

We are a collaboration of tech trailblazers passionately curating content to cultivate and expand the tech ecosystem in South Florida.

Collaborators

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success, and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, and education, we provide South Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region. [more]
The Broward Workshop is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization comprised of the chief decision makers representing 100 of Broward County’s business and professions seeking to facilitate solutions to our most critical issues. [more]

As the primary economic development organization for Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance focuses on creating, attracting, expanding and retaining high-wage jobs and capital investment in high value targeted industries, developing more vibrant communities, and improving the quality of life for our area’s citizens. [more]

Broward College offers a wide range of more than 100 degrees and certificates with day and evening classes—plus an online option. With three campuses and six centers in Broward County, you can achieve your higher education goals without commuting too far from home. Pick a program today and make a plan that suits you perfectly. [more]
Discover the best within yourself at Nova Southeastern University. Use it to inspire others – on the job, in your community, in the relationships you build. With a fast track to graduation, personal career coaches, access to our vast network of industry partners, and a chance to explore your personal passions, you will always have the NSU Edge. [more]

A community of over sixty thousand technology professionals working in companies large and small.Join the SFTA Today!