Become Your Own Technical Cofounder

Are you an entrepreneur with a great idea for a software product, or a service that is “software-enabled”? If you are, you may have come to the conclusion that it is really, really hard to find a co-founder who can code. And without working knowledge of how software is built, you may even find it hard to hire a freelancer or firm to help you. More than a few startup ideas have died on the vine for this very reason.

What’s a founder to do? We recommend taking the bull by the horns by learning to code.

Program, or Be Programmed

In the Fall of 2012, in New Haven, we’ll be offering a class in Front End Development designed for founders and others with no prior programming knowledge called “Become Your Own Technical Co-Founder.” For 10 weeks, about 20 participants will spend two nights a week learning to code from an experienced instructor. (You will produce *working code* in these classes). Each class will cover fundamental tools of front-end development, and focus on practical, hands-on work that builds skills and knowledge.

While this class is being held, we’ll be continuing our #StudyHalls (weekly meetups to code together), and our #CramSessions (short sessions on interesting technologies).

OK, Where Do I Sign Up?!

You can find more details on the program and an application here.

One common question – is there a cost to take part? Although the full price of the course is $3,000, we’re offering a limited number of scholarships that will cover almost the entire cost of the program (support provided by United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas, Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, and Independent Software).

Why provide scholarships? We believe that investing in talent will build a stronger startup community, help ventures move forward, and make New Haven a great source of development talent in the future. This is just one way we’re making that happen.

How Do I Apply?

If you want to apply, just click here – we’ll announce specific program dates and schedules in the future as we grant scholarships. And when you’ve acquired those development skills, plan on attending Startup Weekend New Haven 2012 (coming up Nov. 9th-11th) to put those skills to use!

About derekkoch

Derek is CEO and Founder of Independent Software. Independent Software’s mission is to “help entrepreneurs win”; the company works with early-stage ventures to build new web and mobile software products, place talent through the A100 software apprenticeship program, and access the statewide startup community through the company's online magazine, The Whiteboard. Derek and the company also partner with such organizations as UP Global, Startup America, CTNext, the Grid, and the Connecticut Technology Council, Derek works to create and advance initiatives that help entrepreneurs manage and lead successful startup ventures rooted in Connecticut. Derek holds a master's degree in Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg School. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their two sons.

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