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Resource Roundup: A bootcamp scholarship, CCP small biz program and Philly Startup Sprint

For students seeking an internship alternative, devs from groups underrepresented in tech, entrepreneurs looking to grow and more, these resources can help.

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For some people, the summer can represent a time to relax or catch up on a favorite TV show. But for those seeking to upskill, enhance their resume or build a small business, it’s also a time to get ahead as professionals.

Here are a few ways to help that latter group find results:

Tech Elevator’s new scholarship prioritizes diversity

Vanguard is sponsoring a scholarship for individuals enrolling in Tech Elevator’s fall cohort that covers most of the coding bootcamp’s tuition costs.

The Represent Tech Scholarship offers $13,175 toward tuition for participants who are a part of underrepresented groups in tech. Those groups include people of Black and African American, Hispanic and Latino, or Native American and American Indian backgrounds, in addition to people who identify as women, transgender or nonbinary.

Eligible scholarship candidates are required to complete an admissions process and enroll in Tech Elevator’s fall cohort before applying for the scholarship. July 23 is the deadline for the scholarship application.

All eligible scholarship candidates need to complete our admissions process and enroll before applying for the Vanguard-sponsored Represent Tech scholarship. Scholarship deadline is July 23. For more information, call 877-606-3203 or reach Tech Elevator via email at

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CCP is helping small businesses ‘Power Up’ with peers

The Community College of Philadelphia is now accepting applications for the Power Up Your Business Peer-Based Learning Experience Program. Over 12 weeks and 36 hours from Wednesday, Aug. 18 to Nov. 17, the free program will allow small biz owners to hone their skills and learn ways to grow their businesses.

“Entrepreneurs must grow right along with their business and there is no better place to equip them with the skills and tools they need than the College’s Power Up Your Business Program,” Program Director Herman Nyamunga said. “We have revamped our training and coaching to help businesses deal with the aftermath of COVID-19. Additionally, according to our last impact report by Econsult Solutions, of the businesses who have completed the program, 46% hired a new employee, 54% increased sales, and 47% increased net profit and opened a second location.”

Entrepreneurs interested in the program must own businesses with the City of Philadelphia’s geographic boundaries and provide a copy of their most recent tax return or profit and loss statement. They must also have a copy of their City Commercial Activity License by the time they start the program, and a letter of support from a their local community development corporation, business association, civic association, city council member or small business support organization.

Friday, July 16 is the final day to apply for the program.

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Philly Startup Sprint is almost ready to run

Are you a college student or college-age professional looking to beef up your resume this summer? There’s still an opportunity for you.

The Philly Startup Sprint was started in 2020 by Kepler Group’s Michael Kania to address the sudden drop in internships available for students because of the pandemic. This year’s edition will consist of a week of virtual programming from industry experts on subjects ranging from software development to finance.

Applicants have until Thursday, July 15 to fill out this questionnaire about the Sprint, to be held July 19 through 25.

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And check out these programs from previous Resource Roundups that are still open:

Michael Butler is a 2020-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism.

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