Launch Code After School is on a mission to create leaders through computer science education for kids — leaders who will fill the growing programming skills gap and the shortage of trained engineers needed to innovate our changing world. Launch is thrilled to announce that customers and community members can join the mission through an equity crowdfunding campaign.
Launch has partnered with SeedInvest, a leading investment platform that only accepts the top 1% of startups. Crowdfunding allows anyone to be an investor, instead of only the wealthiest 2%.
“The team at Launch is thrilled about the growth potential of allowing our community to invest in the future of this company,” said Ravi Parikh, Co-Founder of Launch. “We’ve had a strong first year of operation, serving hundreds of kids at our primary location. We now invite our friends and customers to join us on our journey as angel investors in a technology startup that’s essential to the future of education.”
Launch has partnered with multiple schools throughout Austin and has a brick and mortar location. The fundraising campaign will support the expansion into multiple new retail locations and further investment in the proprietary, self-paced learning platform that makes it all possible.
Demand for engineers is growing and unmet, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2017, 1.4 million engineering jobs were available, but there were only 400,000 new, qualified graduates. Leadership positions in all fields, even outside of computer science, will require a new level of technology fluency.