CODE’s Techstart Program

We are looking for people with a forced migration or migrant background who are enthusiastic about tech and want to join our new digital product development program starting in August 2021.

Based on CODE’s proven learning concept, we’ve developed a non-degree training program that prepares you for an entry-level position in the field of digital product development.

For six months, you will join our program at CODE and start learning the basics of software engineering, interaction design and product management. Choosing a project, you will learn how to apply your new skills in a meaningful way and contribute to the development of digital products.

In general, we don’t expect you to have specific tech skills but rather a genuine curiosity, high motivation and commitment. So if you’re enthusiastic about the tech world and want to find your own place in it, Techstart will be the right program for you.

If you successfully complete the six-month program, you will receive an official certificate issued by CODE confirming your new competencies.

After six months of learning and practicing, you’re ready to move on. We are confident that – with our help and support – you will be able to find a paid internship* that allows you to apply your newly acquired skills in a professional environment.

While you’re gaining new experiences, CODE will support you to continue learning and growing into your new role and responsibilities.

*We will do everything in our power to help you find an internship, but we cannot guarantee that you will be able to find one in time for the program to continue after 6 months.

CODE is a place for the digital pioneers of tomorrow to learn and grow. The CODE Techstart program enables people with forced migration and migrant backgrounds to take a first step in that direction and learn what it takes to find an entry level position in the digital economy. We are very happy that with the support by Einstieg zum Aufstieg, we are able to offer this innovative program free of charge for those who need it.Manuel Dolderer, Co-Founder and President of CODE

You can start applying now!

Key Facts about Techstart

  • One year program: 6 months at CODE + 6 months internship
  • Learn about product management, interaction design and software engineering, depending on your interest and prior knowledge
  • Starting in August this year
  • Goal: Prepare you for an entry level position in tech and help you find it

Application Process

  • First step: In the written application you will have to answer some questions about your motivation, background and expectations
  • Second step: In the online interview we want to get to know you better but this is also your chance to get to know us better
  • After the interviews, you will receive your confirmation within two weeks
  • Applications will be open until May 28

A timeline for Techstart 2021

In the overview below, you can find a plan for the broad content of the program and when it is going to happen. There will be events for Techstart participants only, as well as events that are both for CODE students and Techstart participants, such as the learning units.

If you’re wondering why the information provided is not super specific yet, this is a feature, not a bug. It is the first time we are offering the CODE Techstart program and we want to use the opportunity to design the program with a user-centric approach and therefore define the details in collaboration with people who might actually join the program. We are looking forward to shaping the Techstart program together with you. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Program Details

  • Application Requirements

    What we need from you

This program is designed and aimed to support people with a forced migration or migrant background, so if this is something you have experienced, this program is for you. Also, as the program will be in English, you should be able to understand and communicate in English without problems. For our program, we don’t require specific tech skills but rather a genuine curiosity, high motivation and eagerness to learn. From a time perspective, you have to be able to dedicate at least 25 hours per week to learn with us.

  • Tuition Fees

    Techstart is free of charge

There are no tuition fees as the costs are covered by the funding of Einstieg zum Aufstieg. However, if you finish the course successfully and start working, we will ask you to make a voluntary income-based donation to support our program. Your donation will enable future participants to learn with us and to find a job in tech, just like you did. Don’t worry: If you don’t complete the program or have not found a job yet, we won’t expect you to donate anything.

  • Application Process

    How can I apply?

The application process consists of a written application in which you will have to answer some questions about your motivation, background and expectations. If you pass the written application, you will be invited to an online interview. In the online interview we want to get to know you better but this is also your chance to get to know us better.
After the interviews, you will receive your confirmation within two weeks.
If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to join one of our info sessions or register below.

Register to join one of our info sessions!

We will offer several online sessions with representatives from CODE and Einstieg zum Aufstieg, in which we will provide you with more information and you will be able to ask any open questions you might have. Besides the events you can find in the calendar right now, there will be more events scheduled for the future. If you can’t join on any of the dates, you can also always contact us via techstart@code.berlin.


The Techstart Team

The Techstart team will happily answer any questions about the program – whether you’re interested in joining yourself, supporting the program or something completely different. Reach out, we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

You can reach us via mail at techstart@code.berlin.