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A University Sophomore Discovers His Passion For Entrepreneurship at GA’s Business Accelerator

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Introducing a new kind of alumnus to the General Assembly community. Boris Shou completed the 2015 Business Accelerator Programwhile working hard on his undergraduate degree. 

Last year, GA teamed up with Colgate University for the first ever Business Accelerator Program, now the Tech Intensive. A one-week immersive experience for undergraduates, the program covered the startup world’s most in-demand skills with hands-on lessons and visits from industry experts.

Inspired, Boris put his learnings into starting his own venture. He and a friend are developing an online language learning platform where language enthusiasts can practice speaking with one another. Although it’s a “simple website” so far, the product is complete with a problem to solve and a target user group.

As one of the program’s alumni, Boris talks about his unique student experience, the projects he pitched, and his entrepreneurial goals for life after graduation.

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Alumni App, Splittable, Lands $1.2M to Ease Your Roommate Expenses

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When Nick Katz started our part-time Digital Marketing course in London, he immediately became immersed in the network of GA students that would go on to become his co-founders. After completing the course, Katz teamed up with fellow graduates to create an app, Splittable, to help anyone who lives with housemates and has shared expenses.

Splittable launched in the summer of 2015 and the team has now closed their first, seed investment round from some of London’s leading tech VCs and angels, including Seedcamp, Playfair Capital, and Lord David Young. They are also backed by the Mayor of London’s Co-Investment Fund.

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How One Woman is Changing the World Through Open Data

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careyanneCarey Anne Nadeau is the founder and CEO of Open Data Nation, which offers courses, trainings, and analytics about open, public data. She is also the course instructor for Data Analytics in DC and a mentor for the Data Analytics Circuit online course. Keep up with Carey on her mission to make open data more accessible @opendatanation

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GA + 500 Startups Accelerator Program: The Winners Talk About Their Startups

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Founders from 11 startups that participated in the GA/500 Startups accelerator program in June in San Francisco.

Founders from 11 startups that participated in the GA/500 Startups accelerator program in June in San Francisco.

Back in January, we announced our landmark partnership with 500 Startups to develop an accelerator prep program designed exclusively for GA alumni. The month-long training program accepted 11 startups, which each received $8,000 in seed money as well as a $2,000 tuition credit from 500 startups to get them on the fast track to triumph.

The partnership is a natural extension of our entrepreneurial roots and aligns with our mission to empower individuals to pursue work they love.

Since the program ended in June, we caught up with the founders, who represent a range of GA courses and campuses around the world. Read on to see what they learned from the experience, and what comes next.  Continue reading

From Finance to Full-Stack: How Learning Code Revamped A Paper Pusher’s Career

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Will took a chance on General Assembly when he enrolled in our Web Development Immersive to learn fullstack coding skills. He is now exploring brand new job opportunities where he can ABL: Always Be Learning. He has shared his journey with us to inspire others. Enjoy!

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New Creative Agency Focuses Solely On Socially-Conscious Companies

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Web Development Immersive student turned Expert in Residence Andrea has teamed up with fellow GA-er to co-found Nature of the Beast, a creative company that works with socially-minded companies.

Follow Andrea on Twitter: @butterloverz

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How One Student Transformed Her Passion For UX Design into an Internship with GA

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Evelyn Kim, UXDI Grad & Super Intern.

Evelyn Kim was fresh out of college when a Facebook ad enticed her to apply for the UX Design Immersive program here at GA. Now, after completing the 10-week, full-time program, she has just started an internship on our very own Instructional Development team, and she is ready to take her UX career to new heights.

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Invibed Helps Millennials Take Control of Their Finances

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Danielle left a cushy job as an Investment Specialist to teach others how to become more financially stable. With a little help from her Front End Web Development instructors, she launched Invibed, a website that teaches Millenials how to save money and be more fiscally responsible through shared money-saving tips. 

Get updated on Twitter: @danipascarella + @Invibed

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Entrepreneurs Find Advice and Inspiration From The Startup Magazine

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Startups are complex, and the road to closing on a round can be difficult. No one knows that better than Product Management graduate Yoav Farbey. The Startup Magazine started as his personal website to catalog the lessons learned, trials, and successes of Yoav’s journey as a first-time entrepreneur. It quickly gained traction as a resource for other entrepreneurs going through similar challenges.

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Ready for Takeoff: Learning to Code Helps GA Grad Land Job at Nasa

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Before her Front-End Web Development course at General Assembly DC, Kaitlynn worked for a small non-profit on Capitol Hill. By merging her Economics degree, business development experience, and desire to have a career in web development, she landed a job at NASA as a Software Engineer. 

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