Our latest on Starter League
Since the first bootcamp acquisition in June 2014, we’ve seen several coding bootcamps get acquired by a range of companies from for-profit education companies (Capella Education), to co-working companies (WeWork), and other coding bootcamps (Thinkful + Bloc)! With rapid market growth in the bootcamp industry, for-profit education companies are taking note. These acquisitions and consolidations should come as no surprise, and some have been very successful, with schools going on to increase their number of campuses and course offerings. As coding bootcamps become more mature, we are seeing them get snapped up by more well-known companies, for increasingly large sums (e.g. General Assembly for $413 million and Trilogy Education for $750 million!) We’ll keep this chronologically-ordered list updated as bootcamps announce future acquisitions.
Just 6 months into 2021 (as of July 2021), bootcamps have already secured ~$179,500,000 in funding! To date, the largest fundraises were Victory Lap's $25M from Leif and Ironhack's $20M Series B round. Bootcamp-adjacent companies like Codecademy and Blair Capital also raised an additional $158M in 2021. On top of those major fundraises, we've already seen two major acquisitions in 2021 – Brainstation acquired Wyncode in January and SNHU acquired Kenzie Academy in March.Continue Reading →
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Mike McGee and his co-founder Neal Sales-Griffin taught themselves to code in early 2011 and decided that the world needed a way to do the same. They launched Starter League, a 3-month "bootcamp" in Chicago and just started a 9-month program as well. With their rigorous curriculum and a leadership team stacked with talent like Jason Fried and David Heinemeier-Hansson, it's clear that Starter League will continue to be a major player in the bootcamp world.Continue Reading →