Simplon Crowdfunds Programming School For Underprivileged Youth On Ulule

robots_020813_jpg_640x860_q85Simplon.co is “an accelerated factory for web developers and digital entrepreneurs” based in France that aims to empower youth through web development apprenticeships. The outfit has now raised over $21,000, meeting their goal in a crowdfunding campaign on Ulule.

Paying those who have been trained or making their training free is one of the main aims of Simplon.co. For this we called on training funds and to co-financing by Pôle Emploi but that doesn’t cover everything: we are 5000 euros short per recruit.

The team behind Simplon says that the model is replicable and alludes to a plan to open-source their model in hopes of seeing the Simplon model proliferate across France. Simplon says they have already begun training 24 candidates, but a funding gap exists that is said to be closed by this campaign.

Candidates are compensated while working to achieve their goals, and the funds will be used to continue that effort…

The collected funds will go towards recruitment and to project owners who do not have the means to pay for training themselves and who have a ‘priority’ profile (urban zones, grant holders, those who left education early, from diverse backgroundsetc…) or a particularly important project in terms of its social impact, and uniquely to this (not financing of fixed fees).

There are still two days left in the campaign.


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