Felix W. Ortiz III
Felix W. Ortiz III is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Viridis Learning, a cloud-based, SaaS
technology platform that integrates with existing student information systems, government
databases and labor market information to connect students to employers. Viridis Learning
believes that technology can be used to enable the creation of the Skills Passport™, a
permanent employment record that has currency in the ever-evolving employment market.
Ortiz is a social impact entrepreneur dedicated to the power of economic mobilization through
the pathway of education and skill development. Through his work at Viridis Learning, Ortiz
drives change by mobilizing the middle-skill workforce and leveling the employment playing
field for young people and underserved communities.
Witnessing how education accelerated the careers of his parents, the New York City native,
learned first-hand what access to education and training can do to transform the circumstances
of families and communities. Yet in today’s competitive employment market, job candidates
are often overlooked and undiscovered. The cumbersome process of finding work as a Veteran
spawned the idea to launch Viridis Learning as a solution to bridge the gap between the skilled
workforce employers need and the training opportunities available to job seekers. All executed
through a cloud-based, SaaS technology platform and Skills Passport™, a competency-based
permanent employability profile. The data-driven portrait retains lifetime access of students’
verified knowledge, skills and ability, creating a pathway to relevant career opportunities.
Spawning a movement to break down the silo mindset between education and employment,
Ortiz has caught the attention of investors who are aligned with the company’s mission and to
date has raised over $8M in venture capital for Viridis Learning.
As a social impact tech serial entrepreneur, Ortiz has always focused on creating companies
that do well by doing good. Lending his voice to making a change, Ortiz has used his platform to
speak out about the lack of venture capital funding for Hispanic & African American tech
entrepreneurs. He has started several companies, including Visionary Trade & Export, a
venture he founded at age 20 that led to multi-million dollar deals for the companies that he
worked with and enabled for the individuals of those countries to receive quality food that they
otherwise did not have access to.
While Ortiz has a proven record of accomplishment as an entrepreneur, his passion lies in
helping people, both in overcoming obstacles and in achieving their desired objectives.
Committing much of his personal and professional life to the development and mobilization of
marginalized communities, Ortiz serves on several boards including as a Member of The Board
of Directors to the New York City Technology Development Corporation, NY Hall of Science and
the Osborne Foundation