The FireUp Story

2 Rounds, 32 Graduates, 95% Hiring rate after 3 Months of Graduation. Statisfied and recurring hiring Partners.

When we started FireUp, our aim was to create an offline software Engineering bootcamp that follows best practices in the industry and produces high calibre market ready full stack web developers.

The Why and How

One of AlMakinah's Co-founders, attended a bootcamp at Hack Reactor and spent a year with the team working on developing this model and localizing it to suit the Egyptian market needs. As AlMakinah’s team, we did not want to compromise quality, we wanted to provide high level standard of educational quality and focus on the experience and the learner's transformational journey. In addition to that, we believed that we wanted to contribute to creating a bigger talent pool, one coder at a time, working on the technical skills, the mindset and the personal skills. Our focus was to teach technologies that help produce developers that can take part in building new tech solutions rather than just working on maintaining existing solutions which was clear from our stack that was similar to Silicon Valley tech companies. And we have succeeded in doing that in our 2 FireUp rounds, with a team of experts that worked in companies like Google and Facebook overlooking the curriculum development, industry experts with great teaching skills working as instructors, and mentors that have experience in the industry as well. We have also had consulting and support from instructors from bootcamps abroad to develop our business model. Our graduates have fueled startups like elves, robusta, mumm, webkeyz and many others with talent that took on building their products. We are very proud of our graduates and where they are today.

FireUp Cycles

No FireUp since 2018

In February 2018, we decided to work on revamping our program to make it more sustainable. After successfully running 2 bootcamps it wasn’t about validating or running a third program, it was about building a sustainable pipeline that continues to work.
The program is quite resource intensive. Running an offline bootcamp of around 700+ hours in our headquarters was a challenge that we were trying to hack, and we were willing to do whatever it takes to build the ecosystem that supports this program. We knew that with the current economic conditions our pricing made it less accessible for people to join our program, not to mention the lack of financing options/loans for such educational programs. We were happy to win the we see equal award and fund from P&G Global , world Economic forum and Global Shapers Giza to sponsor 15 girls in GearUp - Our Introduction to Web Development program - and the top performing 7 of them in FireUp. This gave us a door to relaunch fireup again while we had an investment to start things up, sadly we could not manage to scale our capacity to accept more applicants, for that reason we decided to close applications for FireUp March 2019 and only run the program for the 7 funded seats and halt the FireUp program for now.

Why is the FireUp cost high?

You can't compare offline bootcamps to online degrees or resources. Here is a list of Full Stack offline bootcamps and thier prices here, they don't compare to online programs, you can see that offline programs are much more expensive. The reason is offline bootcamps cater for a different experience than online programs. The bootcamps provide an environment to transform and help people especially those coming from a non-computer science or technical background to get into the tech world and become job ready in a short duration. With offline bootcamps you get access to the community while learning, the peer engagement and support, the one on one mentorship and the team of mentors and coaches. This is why all the online resources, even those that provide one-on-one online mentorship, have not replaced the offline bootcamps, but only provide a different alternative.

Final Note

We sincerely apologize for all of you that have been asking and waiting for this program and planning on joining, we have done all we can to make it happen, however we are not willing to compromise our quality or standards to just run another cohort.