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Oh yeah, and announcing Winter 2021 start dates! 🤩
Hello hello! 👋 It’s been an eventful week for us, so let’s get right into it! In this Keep reading for key dates regarding our Winter 2021 Co.Lab cohort!
Join Sefunmi and Helen, co-founders of Co.Lab, for a Live Info Session and AMA. Come along with your questions as you learn more about the upcoming Winter 2021 cohort and hear Co.Lab alumni success stories.
Honestly, it’s way more than just a logo. What we want is for all our designs, our branding, every single word written, and every Co.Lab event you attend to reflect our core values.
When you think of us (Co.Lab, Sefunmi and I), we want you to feel:
A reminder that you already have the skills, motivation and capability to achieve your dreams.
Approachable, inviting, and genuine. There are no stupid questions here.
We are dedicated and professional; trust us to put in 150% to go above and beyond.
Friendliness across our culture, teamwork, collaboration… really showcasing the power of we!
So now you know our goals! We’d love to know how we’re doing - let us know! 🎉 We’re also releasing our new website soon so get excited!!!
We hosted the Co.Lab Demo Day for our Fall 2020 cohort this past Saturday! Our motivated Product Managers, Designers, and Developers came together for an opportunity to showcase their products and their learnings on working collaboratively. They were also able to get direct feedback from industry leaders. It’s absolutely a time of celebration; everyone coming together to recognize the hard work and learnings of our Co.Laborators (or Co.Labbies for short!).
While we don’t have a recording of the event, keep scrolling to see a directory and recorded pitches of shipped products at the end of this post! 👇
Honestly, Demo Day would not have been the great day that it was without the participation and feedback of our judges - all amazing leaders within their disciplines!
So a huge thank you for dedicating time and giving such excellent (and actionable) feedback!
But frankly, without our lovely product mentors and discipline mentors, there wouldn’t be a Demo Day to begin with! So a huge thank you again to Debbie, Orko, Brooke, Jackie, Tyler, Niveah, Anthony, Hirsch and Ajit!
So Sefunmi and I established Co.Lab with two things in mind:
Getting that hands-on, practical experience in really stepping into the role is critical as a PM, designer, or developer. That’s the exact type of immersion and experience we benefit from the most in terms of learning.
As a PM, you can ideate all you want and pump out specs, but you need people to buy into your proposal and vision. As a designer, you need your PM to center the personas and goals, and your developer to really make it into a tangible product. And as a developer, you can make things (and decide how to make them), though how do you know what to make for maximum impact? Teamwork makes the dream work.
And with these two tenets in mind, we developed Co.Lab.
I’m sure it sounds like a lot, because it is a lot. It’s not easy being thrown into a group setting with strangers, and expected to learn and execute at the same time. While balancing everything else happening in life. It’s tough. Our Co.Laborators got it done though (of course with bumps along the way), and that warrants a huge congratulations! 👏 👏 👏
We hope that our Co.Laborators know that regardless of where they are in their career journeys and what their goals are, we, Co.Lab will be here to support them along the way. ❤️ Go take a look at what they’ve shipped he full list of shipped products are at the bottom of this post!
Our next cohort dates are:
🗓 Spec.Lab (PM-only): January 30 - February 13
🗓 Co.Lab (PM + Designer + Dev): February 19 - March 27
Applications officially open next week on a rolling basis for acceptances. We will have more details in next week’s post - including for mentors!
For interested Product Managers:
Whether you’re a complete beginner, a recent Bootcamp graduate, or an active PM looking to upskill, we have all that you need in terms of both the theory and putting that theory to practice.
For interested Designers & Developers:
As a dev or designer, we do ask that you have some experience, so if you’re a complete beginner, the best time to join us is after you’ve done some learning on your own! If you have Bootcamp or industry equivalent experience, you’re at the right place with Co.Lab!
Have more questions? Ask us live by signing up for a webinar! The next one is upcoming Tuesday!
Anyhow, this has been a lot, so we’ll end it here! Don’t want to miss the announcements? Stay updated through our socials! And let us know what you think!
Never forget, you belong in tech. ✨