Elevate Northeast Partners with Eleven Fifty Academy for Regional Expansion

March 2nd, 2021

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Feb 9, 2021) – Elevate Northeast Indiana, an entrepreneurial initiative launched by Elevate Ventures and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, in conjunction with numerous corporate supporters are partnering with Eleven Fifty Academy to bring the coding bootcamp to Northeast Indiana.

In 2015, the Parkview Mirro Center for Research & Innovation hosted a custom application development course taught by Eleven Fifty Academy. The results were promising and planted a strong seed of interest for future engagement. Dr. Michael Mirro, Chair of Elevate Northeast Indiana, has been a driving force to bring the coding bootcamp back to the region to upskill individuals into sustainable careers in information technology.

“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 Dr. Mirro. “We welcome additional partners to make this effort a win for Northeast Indiana and especially successful for those who wish to enter a new career.

“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.”

One of several area corporate sponsors in the Northeast Indiana region is Sweetwater.

“Sweetwater is proud to support this opportunity and looks forward to contributing to the development of qualified technical candidates in the Fort Wayne area,” said Sweetwater SVP of Information Technology Jason Johnson. “Self-improvement organizations like Eleven Fifty Academy align with Sweetwater’s belief in kaizen, the Japanese term for continual growth.”

Eleven Fifty Academy is an Indiana non-profit that provides computer coding classes, primarily in the form of 12-24-week bootcamps, where students with no prior coding experience can become proficient through the Academy’s immersive curriculum. The Eleven Fifty bootcamp options are valuable resources to enhance the area technology pool of skilled workers. The Academy currently has an 83 percent placement rate with an average salary of over $55,000.

“We are grateful for the partnership with Elevate Northeast Indiana, and all of the corporate partners in northeast Indiana,” said Scott Jones, founder and president of Eleven Fifty Academy. “Community support is essential to transforming lives by rapidly ramping students into rewarding careers in and around the Fort Wayne area.”

The funds provided by Elevate Northeast Indiana and corporate partners will be matched by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to provide a total of $500,000 in the form of tuition support. The tuition aid, which is titled Progressive Income Share Agreement (PISA), will provide students from the Region zero interest financial aid that are only paid back once the student is hired. To learn more about the PISA, please contact Eleven Fifty Academy.

About Elevate Northeast Indiana

To strengthen the resources available for entrepreneurs, Elevate Ventures and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership established Elevate Northeast Indiana. Initiatives within the partnership include investments in local high-growth, high-potential businesses, portfolio services, a dedicated Entrepreneur-in-Residence, events for entrepreneurs and investors, business coaching, access to professional resources and more. To learn more about elevate northeast Indiana, visit our partnership page.

About Eleven Fifty Academy

Eleven Fifty Academy (EFA) has consistently been named by CourseReport as one of the Best Coding Bootcamps in the nation. The Academy, now in its 7th year, has graduated 504 entry-level developers to date, not including current enrollment, through their immersive learning experience. The average starting salary of their graduates is over $55k, with some graduates, who had no prior software knowledge, earning over $81,000 after only 12 weeks in the program.

Eleven Fifty Academy is a nonprofit organization focused upon high quality, immersive software development courses designed to accelerate the learning curve for people of all ages and skill sets. The mission of Eleven Fifty Academy is to build an ecosystem of coding talent that financially benefits the individual, their employer, and their community. For more information, visit Eleven Fifty Academy.

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