LaunchCode
Sprint Accelerator, 1st Floor
210 W. 19th Terrace
Kansas City MO 63108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (314) 254-0107
Mission Statement

LaunchCode builds a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Bauer
Board Chair Mr. Jim McKelvey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman and Co-founder of Square
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

LaunchCode builds a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.

Background Statement

LaunchCode was founded by St. Louis entrepreneur Jim McKelvey to address a twofold problem: companies – like his own Square, Inc – were unable to find sufficient tech talent to grow locally, while skilled coders without a computer science degree or prior work experience couldn’t find a way to break into the field. McKelvey aimed to develop a model to rapidly retrain jobseekers and give them a path to entering full-time jobs in the tech sector, regardless of their prior education or work experience.  In doing so, LaunchCode would create real opportunity for struggling workers while supplying companies with the talent they needed to prosper.

In 2013, LaunchCode began recruiting jobseekers with an interest in technology, verifying their job-readiness through a competency-based evaluation, and connecting them with employers for paid apprenticeships. In its first few months, the organization signed on over 100 partner companies, including Mastercard, Boeing, and Express Scripts, and placed 40 self-taught coders into apprenticeships.

LaunchCode soon realized that there was no existing training program that helped people quickly, effectively, and affordably develop the skills to enter the tech industry. Traditional degrees were too slow and costly, technical schools had fallen behind industry trends, and online self-study programs offered no personal support. The lack of accessible coding education prevented most people from entering the field, particularly those with the fewest resources and the most to gain from developing new skills, thereby stifling workforce and economic growth.

In 2014, LaunchCode organized its first free, in-person evening coding class; in 2015, it ran its first full-time coding bootcamp for people who had exhausted their unemployment benefits. By 2016, LaunchCode had a full-time Education Team dedicated to coordinating classes, tracking student progress, and iteratively redesigning curriculum. Today, LaunchCode’s flagship education program is LC 101, a 20-week class delivered in three units: Fundamentals of Code, Web Applications, and Specialized Skills. 

To date, LaunchCode has placed over 550 people without traditional credentials at 300+ companies; another 140 people have gotten a new tech job on their own after receiving education and mentorship from LaunchCode. The organization opened offices in Miami in 2015, Kansas City and Providence in 2016, and Seattle and Portland in 2017.

Impact Statement

LaunchCode made significant strides across several areas of our work in 2016. Thanks to the support of our partners, last year we placed over 250 people into paid technical apprenticeships and provided free computer science classes to over 2,500 people. We also grew our footprint through the opening of offices in Kansas City and Providence and were awarded two federal TechHire grants to support our expansion to Seattle and Portland in 2017.

LaunchCode identifies talented, driven individuals who lack the traditional credentials for a job in technology; assesses them on their skill, aptitude and drive; and provides education and mentorship to prepare them for full-time employment in tech. To date, LaunchCode has placed over 550 individuals into paid apprenticeships with a range of companies, including Commerce Bank, LaborChart, and Zaarly in Kansas City. More than 4 in 5 of those candidates have converted to permanent employment at their placement company, seeing their median salary increase from $22,554 to $49,268.

In addition, LaunchCode has provided free coding education to over 3,500 people to date. Our flagship course is LC 101, an accelerated training program which meets for two 3-hour evening classes per week for 20 weeks. LC 101 helps learners who may have no previous exposure to coding master the fundamentals of code, learn to build web applications, and specialize in a skill in high demand in the local job market.

Nationally, LaunchCode established the following 2017 goals: provide training to over 1,000 individuals; place 350 individuals into apprenticeships in technology; and convert at least 80% of these apprentices to full-time, permanent employment with their companies.
 
For Kansas City, LaunchCode established the following 2017 goals: identify and recruit 75 new partner employers, provide training to 200 individuals, and place 50 qualified candidates into technology apprenticeships with at least 80% converting to full-time employment. 
Needs Statement

To grow our success in Kansas City, LaunchCode is actively pursuing the following: 

  • Introductions to local companies who are in need of new tech talent so we can learn about their open positions and refer qualified LaunchCode candidates to interview.
  • Referrals of individuals to our job training and placement programs from community-based organizations, including local educational institutions, that have existing relationships with community members who could benefit from LaunchCode’s services.
  • Coverage in local digital, print, and broadcast media to spread the word about our job training and placement services to aspiring coders and local companies seeking to hire tech talent.
  • Funding to advance our Kansas City operations by supporting staff salary and benefits, facilities, supplies, and program administration. 
  • Volunteers to serve as technical mentors for LaunchCode students and candidates and to participate in job-readiness programming including resume reviews, mock interviews, and professional development workshops on emerging topics in tech.
Service Categories
Employment Preparation & Procurement
Adult Education
Computer Science
Areas of Service
MO
LaunchCode serves people across the Greater Kansas City area. Our office is in the Sprint Accelerator in the Crossroads Arts District near downtown, and our classes are offered there and on the UMKC campus.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement LaunchCode’s successes include:
  • Building Pathways to Upward Mobility - LaunchCode creates economic opportunity by helping people access good-paying jobs in the high-growth tech sector. Before working with LaunchCode, 57% of all apprentices were previously unemployed, and 70% earned less than $30,000 per year. After an average of three months, 4 in 5 apprentices are hired into full-time positions with a median starting salary of nearly $50,000.
  • Opening Doors to Educational Access - LaunchCode provides free, high-quality, in-person classes and mentorship programs to help adults with no previous coding experience gain the skills for entry-level jobs in tech. These services enable a diverse group of people to develop technology skills; half of our students do not have a bachelor’s degree and 52% identify as people of color.
  • Closing the Tech Talent Gap - The U.S. Department of Labor projects that one million programming jobs will go unfilled by 2020 due to lack of trained workers. LaunchCode’s model of training and job placement offers a scalable remedy for this tech talent gap. In less than four years, LaunchCode has helped add 685 new workers to the tech industry and provided high-quality coding education to over 3,500 adults.
  • Creating Jobs and Growing Local Economies - Connecting hardworking jobseekers to well-paying, highly productive tech jobs also supports the creation of more jobs in the local economy. A study by Google estimated that 4.3 additional jobs are created in the local economy for each new tech job added (compared to 1.4 additional jobs for each manufacturing job).
 
LaunchCode is addressing the following challenges: 
  • Many people interested in tech careers need training and mentorship to become job-ready. Accordingly, we invest in educational programs and make offering free coding classes and mentorship programs a core part of our work.
  • Establishing a partnership with a new company is time-intensive, so we have increased our focus on increasing the number of apprentices we place at each current company partner to open up more opportunities more quickly.
  • Learning to code is challenging work, and not all students who begin a class are able to finish. We constantly refine our curriculum and class structure to provide students with more support and increase course completion rates.
Programs
Description
LaunchCode’s innovative apprenticeship model creates a new pathway for people to enter the tech industry. We place people with valuable tech skills and the drive to learn more into paid apprenticeships with our partner companies. The company mentors the apprentices during a trial period of a few months and, if they determine that they are a good fit, hire them full-time. Our model creates an alternative job training and placement opportunity that helps people from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences land a full-time job in technology, while also providing companies a new way to access tech talent. LaunchCode uses targeted marketing and outreach through community partners to ensure women and people of color, two groups that are underrepresented in tech fields, are represented in our programs.
Category Employment, General/Other Apprenticeships
Population Served Adults, ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

LaunchCode orients our clients to careers in the tech sector, helping them gain an understanding of the various jobs in tech that are available and skills they will need to land them. Furthermore, we assess clients’ current skill level and help those who are not yet job-ready develop a learning plan and connect to the resources they need to execute it, including LaunchCode’s education and mentorship programs as well as online resources. LaunchCode apprentices gain on-the-job training and mentorship that advances their skills and improves their ability to secure long-term employment in the technology industry. They will be paid $15/hour during the apprenticeship, and more than 4 out of 5 are subsequently hired on by their company into a full-time role.

Long-Term Success

The ultimate goal for LaunchCode’s students and apprentices is to gain full-time employment in the tech sector. LaunchCode helps people develop highly marketable coding skills which prepare them for entry-level tech jobs – jobs that put them on the path to a lifelong career in technology. Apprentices hired full-time dramatically improve their prospects for upward mobility, long-term financial security, and continued employment in the tech industry. While more than half of our candidates were previously unemployed, 4 in 5 are hired full-time with a median salary of $49,268, adding significant economic value to their families and communities.

Program Success Monitored By
We measure the success of our programs based on the number of candidates placed into apprenticeships, the number of apprentices who are hired into full-time positions, and the proportion of partner companies who bring on multiple LaunchCode apprentices. To track applicants to the apprenticeship program, we use an internal digital platform that consolidates a profile on each candidate and records their interviews with companies, placement into an apprenticeship, and whether they are hired on full-time. We communicate with apprentices and companies using both phone calls and automated surveys throughout the apprenticeship period to ensure both parties are satisfied with the arrangement and are achieving the desired results.
Examples of Program Success

Max served in the US Air Force after high school and then earned an Associate’s degree. He had previously built several computers and started teaching himself to code online while working as a security guard downtown. LaunchCode interviewed Max, determined that he had the skills to succeed in an apprenticeship, and placed him with Perfect Cube, a retail data startup looking to grow its tech team.

Omar started learning programming in high school and continued his learning at community college while working as a waiter, cook and delivery driver. He worked in technical support and built a customer ticket system to streamline service. LaunchCode placed him in an apprenticeship at ESolutions, and the company hired him on as a full-time Junior Developer after three months.
Description LaunchCode offers free in-person computer programming courses and mentorship programs to help disadvantaged jobseekers develop the skills to enter a career in technology. LaunchCode’s flagship education program is LC 101, a 20-week class delivered in three units: Fundamentals of Code, Web Applications, and Specialized Skills. LC 101 is designed to help adults with no previous coding experience gain the skills for good-paying, upwardly mobile jobs in tech.
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated, ,
Short-Term Success LaunchCode apprentices gain on-the-job training and mentorship that advances their skills and improves their ability to secure long-term employment in the technology industry. They will be paid $15/hour during the apprenticeship, and more than 4 out of 5 are subsequently hired on by their company into a full-time role.
Long-Term Success

The ultimate goal for LaunchCode’s students is to gain full-time employment in the tech sector. LaunchCode helps people develop highly marketable coding skills which prepare them for entry-level tech jobs – jobs that put them on the path to a lifelong career in technology.

Program Success Monitored By We measure the success of our programs based on the number of students who complete LC 101 and the number of students who secure a LaunchCode apprenticeship or find employment in the tech sector on their own. We track our students’ attendance and assignment completion using a digital Learning Management System. To track applicants to the apprenticeship program, we use an internal digital platform that consolidates a profile on each candidate and records their interviews with companies, placement into an apprenticeship, and whether they are hired on full-time.
Examples of Program Success Charity was a stay-at-home mother with previous experience as a theater technician who wanted to re-enter the workforce. She worked her way through LaunchCode’s first free coding class in Kansas City and, for her final project, built a website that hosted a writing blog and sold ebooks. Charity was the first LaunchCode apprentice at Commerce Bank.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Mark Bauer
Term Start Aug 2015
Experience
Mark Bauer joined LaunchCode in 2015 as VP of Operations and became Executive Director of the nonprofit one year later. Before taking on the workforce side of tech, he led product management and technical operations at several Silicon Valley software companies. Mark is an alumnus of the University of Missouri - Columbia and a St. Louis native.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Brendan Lind Sept 2013 - Sept 2016
Senior Staff
Title Director of Public Partnerships
Title VP of Market Expansion
Title VP of Analytics
Title VP of Company Relations
Title VP of People Operations
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 42
Paid Part-Time Staff 2
Volunteers 40
Paid Contractors 35
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 51
Male 49
Formal Evaluations
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Collaborations
LaunchCode builds partnerships with local educational institutions to promote our programs among their students and alumni and deliver coding classes. Last year, LaunchCode's first free coding class in Kansas City was held on the campus of UMKC and was taught by several UMKC-affiliated instructors and teaching assistants. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim McKelvey
Company Affiliation Chairman and Co-founder of Square
Term Nov 2014 to Nov 2017
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Holly Benson ‎President & CEO, Health Care Enterprises, Centene
Ms. Robin Carnahan Director of State and Local Practice at 18F and former Missouri Secretary of State
Mr. Michael Gallagher Managing Director at Accenture
Mr. Andrew Hoyne Senior Partner at Polsinelli
Mr. Jim McKelvey Director and Co-founder at Square
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $6,014,016
Projected Expenses $6,618,028
Form 990s
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$83,707----
Administration Expense$26,990----
Fundraising Expense$6,055----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.07----
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$144,193----
Current Assets$144,193----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$19,503----
Total Net Assets$124,690----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.39----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $50,000----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $15,000----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $5,000----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name LaunchCode
Address Sprint Accelerator, 1st Floor
210 W. 19th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 63108
Primary Phone (314) 254-0107
Contact Email info@launchcode.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Bauer
Board Chair Mr. Jim McKelvey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman and Co-founder of Square
Year of Incorporation 2014