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Resource Roundup: Philly Startup Leaders’ MVP-stage accelerator is looking for 10 founders

Plus, two free tech bootcamps and an unemployment benefits update.

Inside 2020's Founded in Philly idea-stage accelerator. (Photo courtesy of Philly Startup Leaders)

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Applications for Philly Startup LeadersFounded in Philly accelerator program opened last week for the program that’s slated to run from September to December this year.

This accelerator is meant for startups at the MVP — minimum viable product — stage. (Founded in Philly also has an “idea-stage” accelerator for earlier-on business ideas.) Ten companies will be chosen to participate for the weekly Tuesday sessions that will guide them through the essential steps for an early-stage startup.

Programming includes network building, mentorship and developing their “entrepreneurial toolkit” to refine business models and accelerate growth. The accelerator also offers financial opportunities to founders.

Read more about the accelerator and apply here through July 9. If you’re at the right stage for the MVP program, you’ll be asked to submit a pitch deck. Select applicants will be invited to interview for the program in August. The application costs $25, and the program cost is on a sliding scale from $250 to $500.

AccessED UX/UI Designer Program

Access to Education Foundation (AccessED) was founded in 2021 amid the pandemic to bridge the gap between education and career opportunities. The org offers a tuition-free, four-month program to earn a certification in user experience and user interface (UX/UI) design.

The first cohort of students for the program kicks off June 22, and doesn’t require any prior technical skills or experience. Students will be supported by mentors, a free personal career coach who will counsel and assist with job placement, and a network of skilled professionals in the tech industry. Read more about the program and apply here.

Coded by Kids’ CbK Academy

Nonprofit Coded by Kids has opened registration for its CbK Academy Online, a free, online coding course that teaches students between the ages of 13 to 18 technical skills to build websites, and other industry-relevant concepts.

The nine-week program will guide students through live sessions and self-paced assignments aimed at helping to build valuable technical skills. Students will meet virtually and meet peers to build relationships “to pave the way for successful futures in tech careers.”

“CbK Academy Online provides an opportunity to learn practical technical skills that can help prepare students for a career in tech,” said Sylvester Mobley, Coded by Kids founder and CEO, in a statement. “But it also provides kids with the softer skills that can take them far beyond just having a job in tech, like leadership, collaboration and critical thinking. Our goal is to create a real way for underrepresented students to access the support and education they need to propel them forward as leaders in tech.”

Enrollment for the course is capped at 50 students, and begins June 28. You can register for it here.

Unemployment benefits

If you are currently receiving unemployment benefits and want to make sure you’ll fulfill the “work search” requirements (read more on that here) that are returning in July, you can do so by attending a career fair.

The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting two on Tuesday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 16. The fairs have a focus on information technology,  manufacturing and skilled trades. You can sign up for the career fairs, which include employers and training programs, through the Free Library’s website.


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

Companies: Coded by Kids / Philly Startup Leaders

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