FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — Indianapolis-based nonprofit Eleven Fifty Academy is taking its computer coding bootcamp to Fort Wayne in a joint effort with Elevate Ventures and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
The organizations created Elevate Northeast Indiana, an initiative to spur investment in local high-growth, high-potential businesses, and to support entrepreneurs.
As part of the effort, the organization is trying to enhance the technology pool of skilled workers in the field of information technology.
Dr. Michael Mirro, chair of Elevate Northeast Indiana, has been a driving force to bring the coding bootcamp to the area to upskill individuals into sustainable careers.
“Eleven Fifty Academy graduates are already part of our economy and we are working on creating more opportunities for our residents to upskill into tech careers,” said Mirro.
Eleven Fifty Academy operates intensive coding classes which typically run for 12-to-24 weeks and where students are immersed in the curriculum.
“I work with early-stage companies in need of tech talent every day,” said Dan Meek, entrepreneur-in-residence at Elevate Ventures. “Eleven Fifty Academy will be a great resource and technology advisor to help continue the development and acceleration of new business in the region.”
The funds provided by Elevate Northeast Indiana and corporate partners will be matched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. to provide a total of $500,000 in the form of tuition support. Bootcamp students who qualify will be able to apply for zero-interest financial aid that is only paid back once the student is hired.