Tech boot camps grow young entrepreneurs

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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Government – Tech boot camps grow young entrepreneurs

Young technology entrepreneurs in the Waikato region will benefit from $60,000 of funding for Online Education Limited, announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

“This is about helping to grow the next generation of software developers and technology innovators,” says Ms Kaye.

“The funding will help around 400 young people take part in technology-related challenges and product development exercises.

“The young people will practise core skills such as coding, which is how you instruct a computer to create software, apps and websites.

“But they’ll also practise working as a team, coming up with new ideas and building business prototypes.

“Tomorrow’s world will rely even more on technology, so this is an important way to support young people to develop both the skills and the attitude needed to succeed in that world.”

Ms Kaye was joined by local MP David Bennett at the University of Waikato this morning to announce the funding to Online Education Limited, and congratulate everyone behind the initiative.

Notes for editors:

  • the funding announced today for Online Education Limited is part of the $2 million Youth Enterprise Fund
  • around $900,000 has already been announced this year to support business enterprise initiatives under this fund, and another $830,000 for social enterprise initiatives
  • Hamilton-based Online Education Limited delivers its ‘3Coding’ and ‘Tech Entrepreneurship’ boot camps in partnership with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Wintec and/or the University of Waikato and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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