Is this a free program? 

Hacker Fellows is 100% free of charge to fellows and companies. This is possible because of the generous support of our partnering organizations. 

Do you accept students with majors other than Computer Science?

This program accepts Computer Science majors and equivalent majors. (e.g. Computer Engineering, Computer Software, etc.). We definitely look at and respect candidates that are self taught and have much real-world experience. If you are not in school to be a technician but you're a hacker and have the skills to prove it, you belong!

How will Hacker Fellows help my professional network? 

Hacker Fellows is growing a network of developers and startups. Before getting accepted to the program, we introduce you to current and alumni fellows. During the program, you will have the opportunity to meet many tech startups, alumni fellows in-person and grow deep roots with our partnering organizations.

How do I know where I'll work?

The Hacker Fellows portal will allow you to research participating startups, express interest and schedule conversations. Fellows will work with the startup that shares a common interest. Ultimately, it's up to you and the participating startups to decide where you work. Hacker Fellows' core staff is actively involved in the recruiting process, but ultimately both the fellow and the company have to agree that there's a good fit!

What are the benefits?

Definitely the benefit of working for a startup; working at a small, innovative company. Even before you are working full-time for the startup, you are trained in an all expense paid software and entrepreneurial training bootcamp. 

All Hacker Fellows the following financial benefits: 

  • $1,100 5-week bootcamp living stipend
  • $1,500 post bootcamp move-in bonus
  • $15,000 salary boost
  • At least a $60,000 recommended full-time salary 

Other benefits include the mentorship and support from Hacker Fellows and Invest Detroit core staff and being amongst 15 of your techy peers. We plan monthly meetups so fellows can take a step out of the everyday and reflect in the group environment about their newly appointed career. 

What happens after the 12 months are up?

Don't worry, you are still considered a Hacker Fellow. You're a Hacker Fellow for life. Although we do not provide the company a salary subsidy after 12 months, fellows do not see a decrease in salary after we stop granting their company dollars. Your talent is meant to get the startup to the next level within the year of you working for them. After 12 months the startup should be further along and have the ability to support your salary without our help. 

Who are the players involved?

Hacker Fellows is a program of Invest Detroit Ventures, Invest Detroit's investment team. They have partnered with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Ford Motor CompanyMichigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Venture Capital Association and Techstars Mobility.  

Will you sponsor work visas?

We welcome international fellows, but we cannot offer work sponsorship.

If you'd like even more insight, please read a this passage by Tyler Pease, 2016 Hacker Fellow and software developer at BEET Analytics.