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Downtown & Brickell’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Downtown and Brickell’s rising stars below.

Valeria Siegrist

How did I started … big question. I’ll break it down. How I started in entrepreneurship … by taking classes at FIU and being recruited to be StartUP FIU’s #2 employee and be given the responsibility to launch the first incubator for the university. Read more>>

Vivian Olodun

I have a fantastic relationship with money. I understand that money is our way of saying thank you for a job well-done. I knew that … even when I was being underpaid and stress out over paying back student loans to Sallie Mae, lol. Read more>>

Giano Currie

The beginning of my story, like most of Miami, starts abroad. I was born and raised in the capital city of Suriname, a small dutch speaking country that rests on the North Coast of South America. Suriname which is most known for its beautiful rainforests and cultured people played an essential part in my childhood as I got to experience natures beauty first hand as well as enjoy other cultures not native to my own. Read more>>

Nancy Proano

I was born in Ecuador, but grew up on Colombia and the United States. I returned to Ecuador at the age of 19 where I lived until I moved to Miami six years ago. Living in different countries growing up gave me an interesting view of the world. Read more>>

Fatima Lalani

I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in Canada (outside of Toronto). My parents ended up in Canada by way of UK/New Zealand, after having to leave their homes in Uganda, East Africa, due to a government coup by the army. They were expelled and had to start over in new and foreign countries. Read more>>

Gabor Pasztor

I gave up everything in my country, Hungary and flew to Miami for a Puerto Rican goddess back in 2011. I started a totally new life; by getting married I jumped into the middle of a new family, new city, new apartment, I had to learn the language and find friends… only one thing remained the same, my connection to sport, and the unstoppable passion for creating. Read more>>

Nkosi Gomez

I am 23 years of age, but I have been engaged in studying and producing visual and contemporary art since middle school. I was born on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia in the West Indies. My family home has been in South Florida since childhood. I am presently majoring in Photographic-Technology at Miami Dade College. Read more>>

Kimberly Marcela Duron

I was born and raised in different parts in Miami to a big, loving Honduran family. I used to live in Kendall and then Coral Gables, and I went to school in South Miami before moving to LA for some years. I went back and forth for a bit between the two cities, going to a year of high school in Doral. Read more>>


I was born and raised in Palm Beach County. I am Cuban and Haitian. I moved out to Miami to attend Florida International University. After graduating from undergrad, I took my talents to Washington, D.C. While in D.C., I attended American University Washington College of Law. D.C. was too cold, and you can’t take the Florida out of the boy. Read more>>

Fabio Domenichini

Food and wine had always been a passion for me. Many years ago during my business trip to USA I realized that, in spite of thousands of Italian restaurants, there was not a Ligurian one, at least in Florida. Read more>>

Ana Bojanini Safdie

Bojanini Art Gallery was founded by artist Ana Bojanini nearly 24 years ago in Barranquilla, Colombia where the workshops and flagship gallery are located. Bojanini is a brand known for its colorful hand painted products from our woodwork to the last layer of resin applied to our products. Read more>>

Susie Hutson

NF Skin is a prominent formulator and manufacturer of the highest quality skincare, spa, hair and pet products in the industry. We’re innovators currently at the forefront of providing Full Spectrum CBD, Full Spectrum water-soluble powder, and Isolate infused skincare, topical and ingestible products that are fully legal to the public. Read more>>

Michelle Lisa Polissaint

I started drawing because I wanted to be like my older sister, Yolanda but when I realized that I had the skill, I kept going. Growing up in Delray Beach, Florida, I spent a lot of time in workshops and arts classes at Old School Square where I was given the space to learn new techniques and foster my artistic ability. Read more>>

Kathryn Mikesell

My life has been a series of organic twists and turns all driven by people, passion and a desire to learn and grow. I have a voracious appetite for meeting people, fostering new connections and sharing experiences. I love to listen. Read more>>

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