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Posted September 29, 2021

 

TAMPA, FLORIDA — The State of Florida’s first FinTech conference focused on bitcoin and blockchain technologies will take place in Tampa on November 4th and 5th at Amalie Arena. The event is presented by Celsius and 500-plus attendees are expected.

“This is a terrific opportunity for our great city,” said Chris Krimitsos of Cutting Edge Events, which is organizing the event alongside Podfest™ Origins. “The Florida Bitcoin and Blockchain Summit reinforces Tampa’s spot on the map to be a center of activity for this industry.”

Nuke Goldstein, CTO and Co-Founder of Celsius, said, “I personally relocated to Tampa and want to make sure the city I’m sticking a flag in is blockchain and crypto innovation friendly. I’m committed to add 100 quality jobs in Tampa by 2022.” His company is on schedule to hit that mark by Q1/Q2 of 2022, having opened an office in Tampa at the start of this month and already hired ten people.

{mprestriction ids="1,4,9"}Last month FORBES listed Tampa number one on a list of the most up-and-coming tech cities.

Noting that he met with the mayor and the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council when he recently moved here, Goldstein added, “It’s easy to see that it’s a growing city. There’s a flow of people coming in from New York and the west coast. Combined with the growth of the city, downtown getting built, and the positive attitudes of the local government, the potential is great. The ecosystem is fantastic. The talent from the universities is great.”

The Florida Bitcoin and Blockchain Summit will utilize the Firestick Grill and Chase Lounge at Amalie Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Aimed at bringing together stakeholders, businesses, and political leaders from all over Florida as well as outside of the State to collaborate on a strategy that will drive growth inside and outside the Sunshine State, the event will feature a Beginner track, Investment track, Real Estate track, Developer track, and Blockchain track.

 

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