SoftBank Operator School Aims to Upskill a New GenerationProgram will fill the talent gap of trained startup operators and build a next-gen tech community

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SoftBank Group International is bringing Miami’s top colleges and universities together to upskill tech talent for the first time as part of the SoftBank Operator School (“SOS”). The program is designed to fill the talent gap of highly trained startup operators and build a next-generation tech community in South Florida and Latin America. The semester-long program will offer for-credit graduate and undergraduate courses at Florida International University, Miami Dade College and University of Miami, in addition to a shared masterclass speaker series that will be open to the general public.

Topics for the weekly masterclasses will include Startup Culture, Go-To-Market Strategies, Making Data-Driven Decisions, Building for Scale with AI and Building in Miami. These masterclasses will equip participants with a fundamental understanding of how startups work and the various career paths possible. The series is designed to complement course curriculum for enrollees at FIU, MDC and UM.

Over 20 SoftBank portfolio executives and SoftBank operators will speak in the masterclasses. Confirmed speakers include SoftBank Group International CEO Marcelo Claure, WeWork Latin America CEO Claudia Woods, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Rappi Co-founder and President Sebastian Mejia, AllHere Founder and CEO Joanna Smith, Lumu Founder and CEO Ricardo Villadiego, and QuikNode, Inc. Co-founder and CTO Auston Bunsen. Anyone interested in working at or launching a technology startup in South Florida or Latin America will be able to join the masterclasses virtually.

“SoftBank sees Miami as a future technology hub for the world, and that future starts with education,” said Marcelo Claure, CEO of SoftBank Group International. “Our vision is for the SoftBank Operator School to become a training ground for the next generation of talent to become leaders in the most successful technology startups in South Florida and Latin America. We know these regions have talent. Now it’s time they get the training.”

“It takes a collective effort to grow and innovate South Florida’s tech ecosystem,” said MDC President Madeline Pumariega. “We are thrilled to partner with SoftBank and our local educational partners to continue expanding opportunities and equip students with the skills to be successful startup operators and build the next generation of tech leaders to fuel our workforce.”

More about the program structure:

  • Master Class Series: Comprehensive curriculum equipping participants with fundamentals and best practices of how a tech startup works and the numerous career paths it can provide;
  • Curriculum: Students enrolled at MDC will participate in the program for undergraduate credit and will have access to live sessions, Q&A with speakers, and real-life business case examples;
  • Workshops: Students registered in the credit courses will receive complementary programming that includes workshops, capstone projects where students solve real challenges at SoftBank portfolio companies, office hours with the SoftBank team, co-working space, and information about career opportunities.

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