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College computer science majors … Detroit and Michigan start-ups want you

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Computer science majors, your road to a secure future may be just ahead. If you’re graduating college senior with a degree in computer science or a related major from an accredited four-year college or university check out Hacker Fellows.

Invest Detroit logoThis program is anxious to get the computer scientists of tomorrow into the world of Michigan start-up companies today. It is administered by Grand Circus with Invest Detroit.

Those looking for that needed entrance to the work world will be given hands-on training and a fast track straight into employment at one of Michigan’s many tech start-ups. The training will last six weeks and take place in Grand Circus’ classroom. The participants will be given the real world view of how the tech world works and be shown what skills, both entrepreneurial and technological, will be needed for their own start-ups.

“Michigan start-ups are constantly looking to fill top developer talent for their companies,” said Bradley Hoos, head of community programs and co-founder of Grand Circus. “Our program, through generous support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will attract some of the best talent to Michigan and promote job creation within the tech community.”

With training taking place within the heart of the tech scene in Detroit local entrepreneurs are available to give advice and the benefit of experience. After the six-week program ends, the benefits keep coming. The rest of the year-long fellowship is spent as a software developer in a Michigan start-up with a minimum $60,000 salary during the fellowship year.

images“We’re excited to launch this program in concert with Grand Circus as a way to cultivate and retain talent at start-ups throughout the state, which will, in turn, generate more commercially viable companies, creating density and jobs,” said Martin Dober, vice president, Invest Detroit.  “Our organization’s First Step and Detroit Innovate funds are focused on providing financing and programmatic tools to promote the formation and development of high-growth companies in Detroit and the region.”

Working as a software developer in Michigan can be very lucrative. The average software developer in Michigan is making $92,000 a year, says Grand Circus. Plus there are 1,100 tech jobs open in Detroit and there is money available for startups. Venture capital investment in Michigan startups is up 142 percent.

What you need to be considered is:

  • Graduation between 2014-2015
  • Computer science major or equivalent
  • Graduating from accredited 4-year college or university
  • Energized about making an impact in the Michigan entrepreneurial community

Round one is over but you can get in on Round 2. The application deadline is January 23. Interviews are Feb. 2-6 and the fellows will be selected on Feb. 25.

For more information about how to apply to be a Hacker Fellow or for how your start-up can hire top young developer talent, please visit www.hackerfellows.com.

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