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Case Study

Sandrine Zhang Ferron

Investment analyst to Tech Business Founder

Without Makers Academy, I don't think I would have been able to build a website myself.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working as an Investment analyst.

What did you learn to code?

To be able to build my MVP for my startup and understand how things work.

How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?

A friend of mine recommended Makers Academy among other names. I liked the programme, and the dates suited me.

What did you find difficult during the course?

Being tired all the time.

What did you choose to learn to code rather than find a technical co-founder?

Since my website is the main product of my startup, it's important to me to understand how it's built and how it works. I don't want to have to rely entirely on someone else for the tech part of the business. I will eventually partner with a tech co-founder in the long-run, I think it's essential to have some tech knowledge in order to be able to communicate and work efficiently with my CTO/tech team.

Tell us more about your businesss?

Vinterior is an online marketplace for second-hand high-end furniture.

How do you think Makers Academy helped in setting up your tech business?

Without Makers Academy, I don't think I would have been able to build a website myself. Through Makers, I also met awesome people who helped me build the site and gave me great advice and ideas.

Are you still coding/involved in the technical side of your business?

I am finishing up building my MVP at the moment, so yes!

What advice would you give to entrepreneurs who might be considering to join Makers Academy?

If you are interested in coding and have sufficient time, money and drive to do it, you should definitely do it. But to make the most of the experience, you should be ready to put in a lot of time and effort. It would be a plus for entrepreneurs to have an idea of the technologies they would use, so that they can focus their learning on these languages. Another advantage of Makers is access to the tech industry and a growing network of alumni.

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About the course

Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
Pair Programming
Face-to-Face
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners
Deposit
£800
Womens Discount
£500
Careers Fair @MA HQ, London
Talks by Industry Leaders
Live, in Person

Delivery

Curriculum

Pair Programming

Coach-led Workshops

Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities

Hiring Support

Deposit

Womens Discount

Careers Fair @MA HQ, London

Talks by Industry Leaders

Full Time, Offline, in London

Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy

Face-to-Face

Live, in Person

Certified Yoga Instructor On Site

Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners

£800

£500

Live, in Person