Our mission is to start a culture shift in the tech industry. We empower black and brown people to skill up in a tech boot camp built for them and connect graduates to innovative companies dedicated to diversity.
Traditional tech boot camps have significant barriers to entry with large upfront costs and full time courses, making them inaccessible to most.
If you’re not able to pay the full $13,500 tuition/course, we’ll create an Income Share Agreement. This isn’t a student loan: it’s paid in installments and there are no interest or penalties. You don’t start paying back the full tuition fee until you’ve graduated and are in a job paying a minimum of $40,000/yr.
We open doors for our graduates, constantly working with companies around the city who are taking diversity seriously.
Our job is to advocate and make sure those doors stay open, giving our graduates a path up.
Coding languages change and develop all the time. We work with our hiring partners and online curriculum centers to make sure we’re equipping our graduates with the right skills for what’s most needed in the marketplace.
Every student is connected to a mentor online to help with the coding and a mentor in the city to be their in-person guide. No more ‘lonely journey of a coder.’ You’ll have someone to push you and answer questions you have along the way.
As CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio, Doug McCollough has worked to connect people to opportunities, and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, and Blockchain in Government. He has spoken as a Subject Matter Expert and advocate on technical subjects, diversity and inclusion, and using technology for economic development. Doug has held positions within the State of Ohio Departments of Public Safety, Commerce, Industrial Commission, and Medicaid. He served as the Director of Information Technology for the City of Richmond, Virginia. He is on the boards of Per Scholas Columbus, TECH CORPS, Black Tech Columbus, and Jewish Family Services of Columbus. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in Information Systems and Operations Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Bruce partners with CEOs, founders, and solopreneurs to grow and accelerate their personal and professional brands.
With a decade of experience in event planning and videography, Bruce decided to shift focus and leverage those skills on startup networking events and co-founded , a networking event aimed to help black and brown founders transition into the tech and startups industry.
Bruce also served as co-lead ofhere he helps build and sustain the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the great city of Columbus.
Branden is an entrepreneur building diverse and inclusive ecosystems. He Co founded BLK hack in 2016 to work with Underrepresented founders, freelancers, and upcoming entrepreneurs. He has assisted with launching fundable startups and helped aid in discovering new career paths for those looking to get into the tech industry. Branden is a co-founder of Venture Suite a shared workspace for one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial segments in the midwest, women, and racially/ethnically diverse people. At VS, diverse creatives and founders will have a safe space to be innovative and collaborate with other like-minded freelancers. Branden knows that diversity breeds innovation and has made it his mission to keep those pipelines flowing. As a recent recipient of the Venture Ohio venture catalyst award he is helping to transform underserved communities by launching entrepreneurial pilots and resources.
As an entrepreneur over the past 15 years, Lloyd has established a reputation for establishing strong brands and innovative marketing campaigns by leveraging lifestyle-based marketing, social media, and event activation engagement strategies.
He has more than 20 years of Operational and Customer Service experience in his prior career. His experience consists of high levels of operational excellence resulting in business results exceeding $400M annually while effectively leading teams in excess of 1300 employees.
Lloyd is the Co-Founder of numerous successful brands including Lloyds of Columbus, LLC, , and plays an integral role as the Co-Director of BLK hack Columbus, Senior Advisor for D9 Emojis and Operational Director fo
Lloyd is an active member of the Columbus Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. an Alumni of Tuskegee University and currently resides as President of the Columbus Tuskegee Alumni Club and 1st Assistant Regional Director of the Tuskegee National Alumni Association.
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