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Startup Institute

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Startup Institute

Avg Rating:4.63 ( 72 reviews )

Startup Institute offers 12-week, part-time, immersive tracks in Web Design, Web Development, Digital Marketing, and Sales and Account Management in Boston, Massachusetts. Startup Institute also provides a series of introductory classes in Ruby, Web Design, Digital Marketing, and JavaScript that meet one evening per week. The immersive program features 1 to 4 weeks of preparatory skills support, followed by a 12-week immersive experience meeting evenings and weekends. Students split up into web development, web design, marketing, and sales and account management tracks for skills-training and consultancy projects; and then come together for career development workshops and mentorship. Startup Institute instructors are professional local practitioners who are experts in the subjects they teach, using real-world examples and a curriculum that can be applied to actual work environments.  

The immersive course is geared towards career changers, and people who want to work in innovative companies, and includes two months of dedicated career counseling post-graduation. To apply, students need to complete an online application, schedule an admissions interview, complete an admissions homework assignment, and have a final interview with a program director. Startup Institute looks at personality and drive to see if applicants are a good fit for their classroom culture, methodology, and for many of the companies they partner with.

Startup Institute has graduated over 1000 alumni, and they're currently working at over 500 companies around the globe. As the program's alumni network continues to grow Startup Institute aims to keep alumni connected and supported throughout their careers.

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  • Introduction to Coding (Ruby on Rails)

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    Git, PHP, Rails, Ruby, Python
    In PersonPart Time3 Hours/week7 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$859
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoston
    This class will teach you the programming language used by developers to build websites, games, and applications. Learn how to solve real-world problems with code and what it takes to create interactive web applications. You’ll complete the class with a solid understanding of the language and a series of web applications to add to your portfolio. You’ll also be introduced to industry tools such as Github, Unix, and Sublime. This class is great for coding novices who want to learn the fundamentals of web development.
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    Deposit$895
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to Web Design (UX/UI)

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    HTML, Design, User Experience Design, CSS
    In PersonPart Time2 Hours/week7 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$859
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationBoston
    This class will teach you the fundamentals of HTML5, CSS3, and the principles of responsive design. Gain front-end coding skills and build a web experience for your portfolio that will function seamlessly across devices. This class is perfect for aspiring UX/UI designers, graphic designers who want to learn to code, back-end developers who want to build a front-end skill set, web designers who are new to responsive design, and entrepreneurs who want to build their own website.
    Financing
    Deposit$895
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Software Developer
    - 5/14/2016
    Anonymous • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    The Startup Institute did its job. When I left two months after beginning I was hired by an alum as a software developer. I have been employed in this capacity ever since. I leaned some software development, and more importantly I learned the soft skills required to feel comfortable and excell in a start-up / any technical agile environment. I learned enough technical skills. The focus was not really on learning only programming. At the time I found this a tad disconcerting, but the fact is even the hardest core boot camp is not going to prepare you for being a developer.  It is not some rote facts and rules learned about object oriented programming that truly matters, It is your intellectual curiosity, and ability to learn on the job that will help you get and keep your first job. I learned Ruby at  SI and I worked with Python in my first job and now I work with Python, Bash and PHP in my current position. What has helped is the network, soft skills I learned at Start Up Institute. Start Up Institute is a great value that changed my life for the better.(cliche but true :))

     

     

  • Great Experience
    - 5/14/2016
    Mike • Software Engineer • Student
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    Startup Institute was a great experience that really helped kickstart my web development career.  I would say it's biggest strength is the network you form during and after the class.  You make connetions with great peers, as well as great people in the industry.  The instructors are mostly people who are currently working in real development jobs, so you get very relevant advice. For me, the biggest weakness is that the cirriculum, at the time I was there at least, was not so good at helping you get a portfolio together for prospective employers.  If you are motivated enough, you can get it done yourself, which is kind of the whole point of having a loose cirriculum, but I think it would benefit from having a more structured program.  Overall, I would highly recommend this program. 

  • Anonymous • UX/UI Designer • Student
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    Startup Institute has been by far one of the best educational experiences of my life. I was worried at the beginning that my fellow classmates and I would be competing over limited resources (job opportunites in the city), it was quite the opposite. The phenomenon that occured was actually very intentional, a support community was created, a "family" --- sounds too good to be true right? But it is true, once you are in Startup Institute, you are in a family, with experienced parents who want your best. How do they provide you their best? The curriculum changes and refreshes based on the needs of the market, so you know you're in demand when you graduate. Most importantly, they teach you HOW TO NETWORK. This invaluable skill and the family SI creates are your lifevests in this field.

    I got my first freelance gig from a partner company 3 days into the bootcamp and I landed a job at Upworthy immediately after the bootcamp through the SI Network in other cities. I made friends for life that I know I can reach out to in the future for support in any way.

    Bonus: In Boston's Startup Institute, there exists a man named Alan Telio, he's the Godfather to all the graduates: best, most compassionate advisor! 

    I wish I could do my experience all over again :) and I graduated in 2014!

  • Anonymous • Account Executive • Graduate
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    Startup Institute's 8-week intensive learning program allowed me to easily secure a job with a company I love and contribute right away. More importantly, though, they created an opportunity for me to build out an incredible network of mentors and influential individuals that I will be able to leverage the rest of my life. 

  • Go for it!
    - 5/14/2016
    Lauren Van Nostrand • Graduate
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    Startup Institute transformed my career! Not only was I able to break into an entirely new sector, now I have the flexibility to work in remote positions in tech that I never would have had. And the network of students, instructors and company founders really can't be beat. 

  • Anonymous • Principal Analytics Architect • Graduate
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    Startup Institute was a great experience that has helped me build both hard and soft skills. While it was a good coding bootcamp for Ruby on Rails, it had many other benefits to make you a well rounded startup employee. SI focuses on soft skills that give you the emotional intelligence to thrive in a startup environment. I took away new open source coding skills from the Web development track, but as an employee that sits between business and technology, I was able to customize my learning and take advantage of other sessions in the sales, marketing and design tracks. It is important to choose the city where you want to find a job because of the network you will build while at SI. Overall it was a great experience that has helped me in my career and has added amazing people to my network.
  • Hamy • UI/UX Designer • Graduate
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    SI isn't about just learning a bunch of hard skills, then trying to find a job—any job based on those hard skills alone. You’re asked to not just consider a job after Startup Institute, but a career, and then are provided with a network to jump-start that career—one that you care about. 3 years later I'm still at my job that I landed after SI and am happier than ever. 

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    When I moved back to NYC from San Francisco the Startup Institute provided me an opportunity to integrate myself into the east coast startup scene. It offered a great curriculum in the technical marketing track which I pursued to boost my marketing skill set and introduced me to a network of like minded and talented individuals. Although my life pre SI was in the startup world, post SI I have since taken a job working in Higher Ed as the head of digital marketing for a private university in the northeast. I never would have predicted that this is the path I would have ended up on when entering SI, but that's kind of the great thing about it. The skills you develop here really give you the opportunity to work anywhere and the network of people to help venture into to different indsutries.

  • Sam • Project Manager • Graduate
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    I attended Startup Institute in Boston as part of the Web Design track- There are 4 focus areas: Web Design, Web Development, Sales, and Digital Marketing.   I would not have the amazing job that I have today, if not for Startup Institute. You gain the skills and street smarts to work in the startup world, and an amazingly supportive and strong network of alumni, who will be there for advise and building connections.

    Highly recommend the Startup Institute for the quality of instruction and support that you'll receive.

     

     

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    I attended Startup Institute to make a career change. It was terrifying to quit a solid job, but I took the risk. Along the way I expanded my network, learned important skills I'm still using today, and ended up in a great job. My salary and job satisfaction are both at the highest they've ever been. Can't recommend it enough, for anyone looking to make a career change. So worth the risk!

  • Fine when cheaper
    - 5/14/2016
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    The community is great but the curriculum is basically a joke. Spending a couple weeks to read blog posts and do some practice would be much more effective. The network is the most powerful aspect, although that is still limited. As they've grown and accepted more and more, the reputation among employers has dropped. They should keep it much more selective and maybe do one class per year. They are selling the startup dream hard and there is a lot of kool-aid drinking. 

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