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Endeavor Entrepreneurs Johanna Mikkola and Juha Mikkola announced today that their company Wyncode was acquired by BrainStation.
BrainStation is the global leader in digital skills training and workforce transformation, with corporate training, award-winning bootcamps, certificate courses, industry-leading events, and more, both online and at state-of-the-art campuses in cities such as New York, Miami, London, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Founded in 2012, BrainStation works with over 450 industry leaders from the most innovative companies, developing cutting-edge digital education that has empowered more than 100,000 professionals and some of the largest corporations in the world, including Amazon, Tesla, Microsoft, Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Shopify, among others.
With the acquisition of Wyncode, 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.
When discussing the process of finding the right partner for Wyncode, Johanna, Wyncode CEO, compared it to searching for a soulmate. “When you’re looking for a soulmate or a partner you will look for certain qualities. We looked for a commitment to quality and transparency and an awesome hardworking team…. We feel like we found that soulmate with BrainStation.” Expanding on the marriage analogy, the two founders stressed that similar to a marriage, nothing about Wyncode would change, only its name.
Founded in 2014, Wyncode Academy has graduated nearly 1,000 students while establishing itself as the premier provider of digital skills training in Florida. It is the first coding bootcamp to be licensed by the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education and has won numerous industry awards.
When selecting entrepreneurs, Endeavor looks for founders with an impact mindset; those who think BIG and seek to scale and grow their business, as well as give back to their community. Johanna and Juha embody many of these Endeavor values. Their passion for impact is palpable and continues through this partnership with BrainStation. “We’ve been on a plane, but now we’re hopping on a rocket… and we will have a much greater impact and reach,” expressed Johanna. Similarly, Juha explained that “with this union, we are able to leapfrog a lot of the [challenges] that we might have had with a company our size, and just focus on what we do well as a team which is super high-quality education and helping South Florida get the talent that they need.”
Johanna and Juha were selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs in 2015 at the 59th International Selection Panel held in Jordan. As Endeavor Entrepreneurs, they have access to our curated suite of services designed to help entrepreneurs scale, the most important one being mentorship. “Mentorship is confidence,” expressed Juha when describing Endeavor’s support. “Having people on your side who’ve done this before, at a way bigger scale, motivating you, pushing you to do better, be confident in what you’re doing. That is extremely valuable.”
As part of Endeavor’s services, every Endeavor company is set up with an Advisory Board composed of Endeavor Mentors with relevant industry expertise to provide support and guidance. Wyncode’s current Advisory Board members include Adriana Cisneros, Ernest Bachrach, Jocelyn Cortez, Jose Hernandez, Steve McKean, and Mark DuRei. “The success of Wyncode is a testament to the support we’ve had from Endeavor,” said Johanna during our interview. “It is hard to sum up how great [Endeavor] has been to us and our business.”
Both founders will join BrainStation’s global senior leadership team. Endeavor is proud to have supported Wyncode and its founders Johanna and Juha. “Jo and Juha are great examples of what it means to be an Endeavor Entrepreneur,” said Claudia Duran, Managing Director of Endeavor Miami. “They are a strong pillar of our tech community and will continue being so in their new capacity. We like to say that Once Endeavor, Always Endeavor, so we look forward to continuing supporting them as founders.”
For more info on the acquisition please click here: https://wyncode.co/next-chapter
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