By Nancy Dahlberg
WeWork Labs Miami has partnered with Miami EdTech founder Carlos Vazquez to launch the ReThinkEd Innovation Hub, a tailored 3-month program focused on supporting entrepreneurs working on scalable solutions that address key challenges facing the education industry today. The program kicks off March 1 in the WeWork Security Building location.
ReThinkEd will be an immersive program co-developed by WeWork Labs and Miami EdTech. It will provide edtech entrepreneurs with the collaborative workspace, programming and the network to create and scale their businesses, the organizations said. Startup participants will receive a custom curriculum and will work with an in-house team to refine their business models. The program will end with a Demo Day held in June.
"There is a critical need for innovation within the education industry, and through our partnership with WeWork Labs, we are uniquely positioned to build a collaborative community where founders can work towards solving for key challenges facing education today,” said Vazquez, president of Miami EdTech, who will also be WeWork Labs’ Entrepreneur in Residence. “We look forward to supporting this community and leveraging the WeWork Labs network to create a space where founders can thrive.”
Miami EdTech, a non-profit, works with companies, institutions and government organizations to advance the education industry. Most recently, Miami EdTech partnered with Florida International University’s online platform to provide research and development resources to members of ReThinkEd Innovation Hub.
WeWork Labs is WeWork’s equity-free incubator platform for early-stage startups and corporate innovators, with over 85 locations around the globe. The program launched in Miami in October 2019. To date, WeWork Labs Miami has supported over 40 members in education, hospitality, healthcare, fashion and more.
“WeWork Labs focuses on empowering inventive entrepreneurs and organizations to impact the present and influence the future,” said Pedro Sostre, Labs manager for Miami. “Miami EdTech shares this same philosophy and has been on the front lines of changes in our educational landscape through the empowerment of teachers and increasing access to subjects like computer science and entrepreneurship training for our most underserved communities. It’s a natural partnership for us as our startups seek to redefine education as we know it.”
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