We've got two workspaces in Chicago.
1871, a 50,000 sq ft tech hub located inside the Merchandise Mart and 30 N Racine, a 12,000 sq ft space over two floors that we built out for Starter School and The Starter League. Community
The Starter League will give you access to some of the best developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors in Chicago. Our network of companies, meetup groups, conference organizers, and advisers will provide you with a powerful system of support as you start new careers, products, and companies. We'll surround you with people who are just as passionate as you.
Learn the fundamentals of launching a product and the essentials of web design and development. After three months, you’ll have a foundation that will instill the confidence, resources, knowledge and support you'll need to turn your idea into something tangible and real.
Our instructors are also practitioners. They’ve executed and have learned what works and what doesn’t. They’re constantly pushing to keep their knowledge on the precipice of what’s new and exciting.
The Starter League is an awesome way for people to get into programming that didn’t come from computer science.
JC Grubbs, Co-Founder of DevMynd
I’ve known entrepreneurs who’ve taken books and taught themselves programming in their basement. And have built businesses a couple years later. If they could’ve had the Starter League to speed that up, it would’ve been an invaluable service.
Bill Pescatello, Investor & Principal at Lightbank
As a Computer Science student I was skeptical that this course would be mind blowing for me at the beginning. I thought that it was just a good way for me to learn the syntax of RoR and to organize myself to work on my project so I thought why not just do it with a group of passionate people. But after the first class I knew it was the best decision I ever made. I remember in the first class, Jeff said that he wants to help us to become not only developers but contributors to the community, although there were people who’ve never seen a snippet of code in their life. It made me think: “Damn, this guy is serious!” As we covered more material, it was harder for me to leave The Starter League for my classes at UChicago.
Salta Muslim-Ali, Inaugural Starter League Member
Back when I graduated from business school, I NEVER thought I’d take another class. Not only was I wrong but I’m ecstatic that I’m wrong. In 4 classes, I’ve learned how to launch web apps and build my own database. What?? I know…it’s hard to believe.
Jin Hwang, Inaugural Starter League Member
As we are really ramping up, it is impossible not to want to spend every possible minute working on all things Starter League. The class is starting to see how the programming will fit in with their startup visions and the excitement is explosive. The excitement every day is something you can feel in the air. We celebrate everyones victories and rush to help anyone who needs a lift. I can only imagine that this is what it feels like to be on a Super Bowl team destined for victory.
Tom Cullen, Inaugural Starter League Member
The biggest takeaway I have from the first week has absolutely nothing to do with coding and everything to do with the people. I am absolutely astounded by everyone else in the class – their stories, motivation, and determination – and am slowly finding the courage to dissolve a business that I worked 1.5 years to build. This is a class built on passion – people have quit jobs and traveled across the nation (and globe!) for The Starter League – and it’s time to take a cue from my classmates and follow what my (geeky) heart is telling me to do.
Danica Tiu, Inaugural Starter League Member