On Tuesday, February 21, Venture Hive hosted Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Carlos Curbelo, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, members of the local press, and our community of entrepreneurs for a timely event to highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of Miami’s immigrant community. A televised press conference was held to bring attention to the importance of immigration to Miami’s economy, the need for sensible immigration reform policies, and to recognize several immigrant company founders within the Miami community such as Marcos Amadeo (Asombro Extremo, Argentina), George Estrella (Raw Shorts, Dominican Republic), Antoine Forest (Stargazer, France), Etienne Gillard (Waleteros, Belgium), Andrea Macario (Kweak.ly, Italy), and Alfredo Vaamonde (PRX Control Solutions, Venezuela).
This event is part of a national effort led by the New American Economy (NAE). The organization touts more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders supporting immigration reform. NAE members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing