So what is LaunchCode?

LaunchCode works to build a skilled workforce by creating pathways for driven people seeking careers in technology.

Through our program, we aim to solve two problems:

First, millions of Americans are unemployed, and many more are stuck in low-wage job cycles which leave them struggling to find jobs that offer livable salaries, employable skills, and a chance for advancement.

American businesses also have a problem —there just isn’t enough tech talent to match the growing demand. The US Department of Labor predicts this situation will only worsen, leaving 1 million programming jobs unfilled by 2020.

Back in 2013, Square’s Jim McKelvey cofounded LaunchCode to address these problems. Jim experienced the lack of talent firsthand while trying to get Square started in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Eventually Jim moved Square to California, but knew there must be some way to connect the city’s rising unemployment with its shortage of tech talent.

LaunchCode was founded in 2013 to help companies find skilled, new tech talent — from all backgrounds and walks of life.

If you’d like to connect and learn more about LaunchCode, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Our Impact So Far


new jobs

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utilized our mentorship and education resources



in salary for placements


million dollars

put back into the economy

In the Media

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Our Staff

Our Board Leadership

Jim McKelvey
Co-founder of Square & Founder of LaunchCode

Robin Carnahan
Former Missouri Secretary of State

Andy Hoyne
Senior Partner at Polsinelli Law Firm

Michael Gallagher
Managing Director at Accenture

Holly Benson
President & CEO, Health Care Enterprises at Centene Corporation