Coding Dojo secured $10 million to boost its computer programming bootcamp.
The Bellevue, Wash.-based organization trains software engineers both in-person and online, and has experienced more than 100% year-over-year growth within the last two years. It currently partners and licenses its training courses to institutions around the world, operating in 11 countries. The organization says it aims to expand to more than 24 countries worldwide by the end of 2022.
Eastward Capital Partners provided the funding, which comes in the form of venture debt, a non-dilutive credit facility.
Coding Dojo is growing at a time when access to a computer science education is increasingly more competitive, despite growing demand for technical talent.
“While talent is evenly distributed, opportunities are not,” Richard Wang, CEO of Coding Dojo, said in a statement. “Everything we do is aimed at minimizing the economic divide caused by access to affordable, quality technical education.”
Wang co-founded Coding Dojo in 2013. The company offers instruction in computer programming, data science, cybersecurity and other technologies. It closed its physical locations and transitioned to an online-only business model when the pandemic hit. It has reopened locations in Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif., and is making plans to reopen in Bellevue and Seattle.
There are more than 500 code schools worldwide, according to Course Report.
Coding Dojo was honored at the GeekWire Awards this year with the Geek’s Give Back award, which recognizes organizations that support tech education in underrepresented communities. The award highlighted Coding Dojo’s milestone in teaching more than 11,000 students globally and showcased the program’s multiple initiatives to aid underserved students, including a recent program to teach refugees coding at no cost to the student.