Code for a Startup




Hacker Fellows is a 1-year fellowship program for hackers, coders and startup junkies to boost their salary and land jobs with early stage tech companies in Michigan while gaining lifelong connections.

The Hacker Fellows experience kicks off in Downtown Detroit with a 5-week software and entrepreneurship bootcamp. While in Detroit, the program pays for your housing, training, and give you a bit of spending cash to enjoy the city amongst your techy peers. After training, you are off to work full-time as a startup developer where we boost your first year salary $15,000 & immerse you in Michigan's technology and entrepreneurship scene! No, this isn’t a dream. You’re really reading this correctly.

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Hacker Fellows is a program managed by Invest Detroit Ventures. Our goal is to attract and retain top developers in the state of Michigan and pair them with early stage tech companies. We are here to fill the void between Michigan startups and talented developers. 

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Hacker Fellows have landed jobs with over 30 different Michigan startups. 

Our 55 Fellows and Interns have engaged and interviewed with 70+ different startups.

Since working with Hacker Fellows, hiring startups have created 500+ jobs. 

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Hacker Fellows has partnered with leading entrepreneurial support organizations that not only help startups gain capital but also yield a social impact.  

Our partners have promoted and invested in the learning, mentoring and support of our fellows. 



Jessica Wu  

Jessica Wu, Hacker Fellows '16, New Foundry
"The 2016 Hacker Fellows bootcamp focused on front end technologies - specifically Angular JS, Node JS along with HTML and CSS - all technologies I had a strong interest in learning about."

Major Sapp III

Major Sapp III, Hacker Fellows '15, Duo Security
"Hacker Fellows exposes you to languages, technologies and processes used by technology startups and dev shops today."

Shean Krolicki

Shean Krolicki, Hacker Fellows '16, Advaita Bio
"I was amazed by Detroit’s constantly evolving tech ecosystem and its potentials. This has been a great opportunity for me to be a part of a talented community and hopefully down the road I can contribute back."

Imposter Syndrome...Almost Gone by Liza Wilde, 2017 Hacker Fellow, Boxcar Studio
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