OUR STORY

Founders & Coders is a UK-based nonprofit organization that runs a tuition-free, peer-led coding academy in London. We give back to the community by providing technical expertise and training to nonprofits, local businesses, and early-stage startups. We generate income by charging recruitment fees when employers hire our graduates.

With the support of the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy Tel Aviv, we are opening our first international campus in Nazareth, the heart of Arab society in Israel, in February 2017. Founders & Coders will support both the economic development of Nazareth and facilitate engagement between Arab society and the Israeli hi-tech industry.

HISTORY

As a project manager working on the London 2012 Olympics websites, Dan realized how much he missed the challenges of software development, and when the project wrapped, he decided to take some online programming courses to refresh his skills. In 2013, he started organising regular meetups at the British Library with other people taking similar courses.

Dan realised he loved peer-led learning so when Camden Collective offered him some space, he decided to expand the meetups by setting up a classroom where aspiring developers could collaborate, and Founders & Coders’ first official cohort began in January 2014.

In November 2014, during the last week of the fourth cohort in Camden, we were informed that our classroom would no longer be available. Spurred to action, the students spent the last week of their course organising a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a new classroom.

In January 2015, Ines and Nelson joined the team as a Director and Lead Technical Mentor respectively, bringing with them years of industry experience, and the fourth course began at Founders & Coders’ new home in Bethnal Green. Most of the third cohort stayed to organise the fourth course, providing critical mentorship and together, deepening the community ethos that continues to define Founders & Coders.

Founders & Coders has become a highly selective programme with a reputation for producing outstanding graduates. In summer 2016, Dan met Rebecca Radding, an educator, in Israel and began planning for the international expansion of Founders & Coders, starting with Nazareth in February 2017.

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Ines Teles at the CAST launch event, June 30th, 2016.

Founders & Coders at Camden Collective, Autumn 2014

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