The whole concept of innovating in education, allowing people to change career paths very quickly, learn new skills that let them immediately monetize and contribute to the economy, and adding the skill sets that you need as a business person… we thought ‘Hey this could be a cool combination.
– – Johanna and Juha Mikkola
Juha and Johanna Mikkola launched Wyncode, Miami’s first immersive coding bootcamp, at The Lab earlier this year. “Partners in all respects through and through,” the Mikkolas left a successful business and corporate career when they moved from Toronto to take part in Miami’s entrepreneurial revolution.
Frequent visitors to Miami, the couple was hooked by Wynwood’s positive energy. “We saw an opportunity to fill an educational gap,” so they quickly did their research and initial business plan for Wyncode. “Within three months, we had sold our house and car and headed to Miami.”
Wyncode’s bootcamp lasts nine intensive weeks and teaches participants not only coding, but also crucial business management and soft skills that will help them as their careers evolve. Potential employers are involved throughout the process.
Wyncode graduated its first cohort in May of 2014, achieving a 93% placement rate for graduates, with some going to work with local companies and others starting their own. Crucially, Wyncode has been a driver for talent retention – all but one cohort member stayed in South Florida.
Juha and Johanna’s Words of Wisdom:
- Just do it. If you have conviction and have done your research, you just need to act on your ideas.
- Opportunity costs only get bigger as you get older – don’t wait to make something happen.