French coding school, Le Wagon, is setting up campuses in Melbourne and Sydney, with a focus on giving entrepreneurs and creative professionals technical and product development skills via an intensive and selective nine-week program. The school boasts that over a hundred of their alumni have launched startups, with many successfully getting funding for their new companies.
Le Wagon's co-founder and CEO of Le Wagon, Boris Paillard said: “We saw that something significant was going on in Australia in terms of entrepreneurial and tech activity. The incredible level of engagement in industry meetups and within the startup community really resonated with us, and we’re confident that we really can help Australia’s entrepreneurs build world-class products".
Le Wagon has communities stretching from Paris and Berlin to Sao Paulo and Tokyo. The Le Wagon curriculum is based on a collaborative peer-based learning model, where students solve daily challenges in pairs and bigger projects small groups in the classroom. Students have lifelong access to the online platform, which is constantly updated with new tutorials, videos and tools, which allows the 2,000 strong alumni to communicate, learn and collaborate on an ongoing basis.
The company says that by the end of the nine-week bootcamp, students will be able to "launch their own web product, create a startup, become a freelancer or find a job as a software developer, a growth hacker or as a product manager".