Bermudians graduate from fintech – The Royal Gazette

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Created: August 17, 2022 07:43

Graduates of the program included: Bria Maybury, Caleb Scott, Chanae Bascome, Colesha Pearman, Da-zarré Place, Dominic Tessitore, Jair Eve, Kevin DaCiosta, Lexy Dowling and Maurice Steede. Absent from the photo are Marq Rodriguez, Rian Michelsen and Saige Ming.

An eight-week global fintech education program was recently attended by 13 Bermudians.

The program was a collaboration between the Department of Economic Development and NEXT, the island’s premier digital asset industry association. NEXT includes 15 global entities that have established themselves in Bermuda to benefit from the regime regulating digital assets.

The Bermudian group, part of a larger global cohort, attended live lectures and real-time instruction in addition to developing their projects. The program was developed and delivered by ViableEDU.

Bria Maybury with David Burt and Education Minister Diallo Rabain (Photograph provided)

Bermuda-based attendees had the opportunity to network with C-suite members of local fintech companies, with whom they met and discussed the various relevant business models as well as the local market and available opportunities.

David Burt highlighted the growth of the fintech market in Bermuda and around the world, noting the growing recognition of Bermuda as a leading jurisdiction in the digital asset sector.

As this sector continues to grow, he said, it is essential that Bermudians have the jobs, education and training that will help prepare them for future opportunities.

The Prime Minister added: “I thank the Ministry of Economy and Labour, the Department of Economic Development, ViableEDU and NEXT for working together on this important initiative, which has provided these 13 young Bermudians with practical training, reinforcement skills and access to industry experts. .”

Stafford Lowe, NEXT Founding Board Member, said, “Talent Development is one of our four cornerstones and we couldn’t be happier with our first collaboration this summer with the Economic Development Department and ViableEDU. As an industry, we look forward to building our operations in Bermuda with Bermudians who are excited about fintech.”

NEXT companies that have sponsored the program are Apex, Bittrex Global, BlockFi, BlockWrk, Ensuro Re, Jewel Bank, Nayms, Relm, Stablehouse, XBTO, and 24 Exchange.

ViableEDU, which provided and delivered the curriculum for the training program, was co-founded by Joel Brown-Christenson in 2020 to create free virtual learning opportunities for people around the world interested in finance and fintech. He is now the organization’s co-founder and senior program director.

Mr. Brown-Christenson said, “We are proud to be a partner of Bermuda NEXT and the Department of Economic Development and are excited to help educate and shape the future of fintech in Bermuda.

Maurice Steede with David Burt and Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education (Photograph provided)

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