BrainStation Acquires Miami’s Wyncode Academy
Global leader in digital skills training enters agreement to acquire South Florida’s leading coding and UX design bootcamp, further expanding its reach and offerings.
BrainStation, the global leader in digital skills training, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wyncode, Florida’s leading coding and user experience (UX) design bootcamp. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
With the acquisition, BrainStation takes on a leadership position in the Florida digital skills training market, offering a suite of full-time bootcamps including Web Development, UX Design, Data Science, and Digital Marketing.
“Acquiring Wyncode is a strong and strategic step to expanding the BrainStation business, and will accelerate our mission to reshape the future of digital skills training across the country,” said Jason Field, Founder and CEO of BrainStation. “Wyncode has been an integral part of Miami’s fast-growing tech industry and Wyncode’s founders and leaders have built deep relationships in the community.”
Founded in 2014 by Johanna and Juha Mikkola, Wyncode Academy has graduated nearly 1,000 students while establishing itself as the premier provider of digital skills training in Florida. It was the first coding bootcamp to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education and has won numerous industry awards.
“We couldn’t be more excited to become part of BrainStation’s global mission,” said Wyncode’s CEO Johanna Mikkola, who will join BrainStation. “Seven years ago, we set out to solve Miami’s tech talent gap and reinvent how digital skills were learned in the Miami community. Becoming a part of BrainStation is a transformational next step. It will allow us to have a greater impact and reach more learners than ever before as well as support the community through job creation and tech talent development,” Mikkola said.
Miami’s tech industry has grown rapidly in recent years, with South Florida becoming a new hub for the digital economy. Demand for digital skills is greater than the supply of qualified employees, and that skills gap is growing. The World Economic Forum estimates that more than half of all employees will require significant reskilling by 2022, with emerging technologies generating 133 million new jobs.
“BrainStation’s expansion into Miami underscores the tremendous progress our city has made as a global tech hub. The quality of tech talent and the caliber of employers in South Florida are both on the rise, and we are thrilled to see BrainStation’s investment in our region and community in order to build on the foundation Wyncode has created here,” said Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami.
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