Locals to know: Meet Daniel Kleinman, Founder & CEO of Seaworthy Collective

First things first — who are you and what do you do? 

I’m the Founder & CEO of Seaworthy Collective as well as the Co-Director of Seaworthy Foundation. Seaworthy Collective drives regenerative blue economy development by creating accessible community-based opportunities for growing profitable and impactful ocean and climate technology businesses (AKA BlueTech). Seaworthy Foundation drives accessibility, inclusion, and interdisciplinarity for ocean innovation, centering community impact and reciprocity for our oceans through inspired, energy-producing, and enriching endeavors, initiatives, and actions.


What’s your favorite Miami memory? 

Diving on Neptune Memorial for the first time. Growing up snorkeling and diving in South Florida and having been away from it since my early 20s, it was amazing to reignite so much of my passion for the ocean and add fuel to the fire for the work I do for my city and the surrounding environment.


Pick a favorite local outdoor experience. What is it? What’re we doing? Who’s going with ya?

Taking a boat out to Boca Chita Island with my nautically-inclined friends! Having a great spread of snacks and drinks is a must, and getting to wander around one of the most secluded beaches in Miami on the island is magical.


If you could eat only one meal from a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Minty Z’s dumplings. It’s a true hidden gem in Coconut Grove, especially if you’re vegetarian or plant-based.


What’s your favorite local Instagram or TikTok account and why? 

Other than @seaworthycollective, my favorites include @refreshmiami, @infiniteattractionpodcast, @globalshapersmiami, and most recently @web3equity. I love supporting local MiamiTech and impact communities that truly serve and represent Miami.


What’s a project you’re working on (big or small) and how can our readers help you with it?

This summer Seaworthy Foundation is working to launch our first internship program. We are specifically looking to bring underserved and underrepresented communities into the bluetech and climatetech space. We know we can’t do this alone, so we’re looking for community partners we can work with to meet people where they’re at and to build a program serving Miamians with the Miami community.

What are you looking forward to this year?

In the short term, launching Seaworthy’s next cohort on April 16 in South Beach. Longer term, seeing the climate impact and tech community grow in Miami and across all of South Florida. The opportunity we have to become a climatetech hub leveraging talent and technology (especially web3) to solve the greatest problems affecting our community are why I get so excited to put in the work for our community (that, and coffee).

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