Holberton School, a San Francisco-based college alternative for training full-stack software engineers, raised an $8.2m Series A funding.
The round – which brings total funding to $13m – was led by current investors daphni and Trinity Ventures and joined by new investor Omidyar Network, and existing backers AME Cloud Ventures, Partech, and Reach Capital.
The company will use the funds for the rapid expansion of the school.
Launched in 2016 by Sylvain Kalache, and Julien Barbier, co-founder and CEO, Holberton School uses project-based learning and peer learning to train software engineers with no formal teachers and no formal courses. It gives students increasingly difficult programming challenges to solve and minimal initial directions on how to solve them. As a consequence, students naturally look for the theory and tools they need, understand them, use them, work together, and help each other. Tech mentors provide guidance to the students both on the curriculum and on their careers. Students acquire practical skills and an understanding of theory through hands-on learning.
Holberton is free until students find a job and graduates are asked to contribute a percentage of their future salaries for the first three years of their post-Holberton employment.
The company will soon graduate its first cohort of students, which are already working at companies such as Apple, Tesla, Docker, Dropbox, LinkedIn, IBM and more.