The Starter League

We empower passionate people to learn software development, web design and user experience in order to solve meaningful problems through technology. Since 2011, we have taught over 1,000 people have learned to code, design, and build web applications. Our students have come from over 35 states and 20 countries around the world. We've partnered with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, University of Chicago, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Public Schools, and the City Colleges of Chicago to teach web development to their students. Our latest "dent in the universe" project is Starter School, an immersive, full-time program that will take people from zero to entrepreneur in 9 months.

  • Industry: Education
  • Year Started: 2011
  • Organization Type: For-Profit
  • # of Employees: 11 ( as of Dec 31, 2013)

Mike McGee

Co-founder and CCO

Mike McGee is the co-founder of The Starter League, an in-person school in Chicago that teaches beginners how to code and design web apps in 3 months.  Before The Starter League, Mike's greatest claim to fame was that his High School mascot was a pretzel. He went to Northwestern for four years where he spent two years being a student and two years in student government - miraculously becoming Student Body President Senior year. In Spring 2011, Mike decided to turn down Obama for America (his first real job offer) to co-found The Starter League.

  • Age: 29
  • Ethnicity: Black

Neal Sales-Griffin

Co-founder and CEO

Neal Sales-Griffin is currently the co-founder and CEO of The Starter League, a beginner web design and development school in Chicago. Neal has worked and consulted with numerous startups and not-for-profits across multiple sectors. He has had the privilege of working with OCA Ventures and Sandbox Industries, two prominent venture firms in Chicago. Neal also serves as a board member of the Chicago chapter of International Game Developers Association.

  • Age: 30
  • Ethnicity: Black

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