CodeStart is a year long, residence based, full-time immersive coding, entrepreneurship, career readiness and financial literacy training program created by TechSquare Labs, The Iron Yard and The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and Gifted Education Foundation. The program is designed for disconnected youth, ages 18-24, that demonstrate barriers to opportunity and employment.
Over the 13 month period, the students commit to a 12 week full-time, immersive coding bootcamp in which they learn . After successful completion, they receive career readiness, culture fit and financial literacy training. At that point, we work with the students to gain employment as a junior entry level computer programmer/developer/engineer in the form of a paid internship, apprenticeship or job. Once placed, the students participate in a part-time entrepreneurial pre-accelerator program for the remainder of the program which includes a demo day. At the end, we aim to create a new software programmer and a technical cofounder of a high growth startup.