Reinvent your world.

The Starter League is an immersive, beginner-friendly school in Chicago. We've taught lawyers, baristas, nurses, and people from all walks of life how to code, design, and build web applications.

Here are the classes we’re offering this January.

There's a handful of seats left for these classes. Apply today.

Over 1,000 people have taken our classes.

They've gone on to become programmers, designers, and startup founders - now it’s your turn.

  • Marina became a product designer.

    Marina became a product designer.

    Marina tried to learn how to code on her own, but knew The Starter League could give her the instruction and change she needed. She took the Web Development class and built two web applications. She now works at Braintree as a product designer. Learn more about Marina's story.

  • Amanda discovered a love for making software.

    Amanda discovered a love for making software.

    As a project manager with no technical skills, Amanda felt disconnected from her software team. She took the Web Development class and found a love for making software. Amanda apprenticed at Snapsheet and after 3 months got hired full-time. Learn more about Amanda's story.

  • Claire became a CEO.

    Claire became a CEO.

    She wanted to improve the feedback process in small to-mid-sized companies, but didn't have the technical skills to make her idea real. During the Web Development class, she built her prototype and now is the CEO of Know Your Company, a product started by Basecamp.

  • Erinn makes people smile one gift at a time.

    Erinn makes people smile one gift at a time.

    She wanted to change her future career options, so she quit her job and joined Starter School. 9 months later, she is the founder of Make Her Smile, a service that helps customers select great gifts for people they care about.

  • Chance became a professional developer.

    Chance became a professional developer.

    Sick of making training presentations, Chance came from North Carolina in search of a set of skills that would prepare him for the rest of his life. After Starter School, Chance is back in North Carolina as a professional software developer.

  • John became a user interface designer.

    John became a user interface designer.

    Working as a customer sales rep at a Chicago logistics company, John wanted a change. By the end of Starter School, he had built two applications and started working on freelance projects. Now he is a User Interface designer at the Chicago-based startup, Nextpoint.

  • Abby became a UX consultant.

    Abby became a UX consultant.

    After working with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, Abby moved from New York to Chicago in search of a new career. Using her newfound development and design skills, Abby was able to land a job as a UX consultant at Solstice Mobile.

  • Kendra helps breast cancer survivors.

    Kendra helps breast cancer survivors.

    Coming to The Starter League gave Kendra the chance to solve a problem she cared about. She is now a co-founder of The Licorice Project, a startup focused on changing the breast cancer experience for patients, survivors, and everyone who supports them.

  • Katie went from actress to software developer.

    Katie went from actress to software developer.

    A theatre major in college, Katie experienced many problems with auditions. While at Starter School, Katie built CastMate, a service that makes the casting & audition process more efficient. She now works as a software developer at LaunchPad Lab, a Starter League alumni company.

  • Garrett became a software engineer.

    Garrett became a software engineer.

    Last summer, he was a college dropout in search of programming bootcamps to attend. Garrett found Starter School and flew from New York to learn how to build web apps. Now he works in Chicago as a software engineer at Hard Hat Hub.

Learn from a team of doers

Every member of our team has started where you are right now. That's why we're best equipped to help you accomplish your goals.