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OUR FOUNDING

Founded by a group of trailblazing technology entrepreneurs and executives, South Florida Tech Hub was formed in July 2015.

The original working group set out to identify the problems facing the tech industry in the Palm Beaches. With just a 6-page organizational plan, that outlined the structure, goals, and initiatives, the group brought together the founding membership and Founding Board of Directors.

South Florida Tech Hub has grown into one of the largest regional innovation organizations in the United States with over 200 corporate members and 19,000+ of talented people.

South Florida Tech Hub is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting and building the software, engineering, digital, and information technology industry verticals throughout South Florida.

As a regional trade association, South Florida Tech Hub promotes industry growth by working with educational institutions, government entities , and business groups to support the goals of member companies. Our core focus is fixed on producing long-term economic impact by attracting new business, supporting startups, and building the talent pool.

With a scope of services that meets the needs of a wide range of industry professionals, from corporate CEOs to freelancers, we believe in fostering the industry through a unified and holistic approach.
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Joe Russo
Founder & Advisor

Since its founding as the Palm Beach Tech Association in July 2015, Joe led the organization to attract over 200 corporate members and over 10,000 professionals to their community, with an annual budget over $300,000 and 3 full time staff.

In 2016, Joe spearheaded and effort to bring Downtown West Palm Beach its first coworking space, raising over $150,000 with the Knight Foundation, City of West Palm Beach, and private donors.

In 2018, Palm Beach Tech launched 1909, a nonprofit supporting entrepreneurs throughout the Palm Beaches by partnering with the FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and with $350,000 in support from the Knight Foundation and four (4) local Cities.

Since 2013, Joe has also served on the academic Advisory Boards for FAU, FIU, PBSC, and the Palm Beach County & Broward County School Districts. In addition to Business Development Board Taskforces, Chamber of Commerce Councils, and several nonprofit boards and committees.

A Native Floridian, he attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.