September 30, 2022


Melts In Your Technology

Coding startup gets $400,000 from city for capacity building


The Columbus City Council on Monday approved a $400,000 city grant to a startup computer coding school on the Near East Side that focuses on preparing Black workers for technology careers. 

The cash infusion to Color Coded Labs, which started in the spring of 2021 with the backing of investments from venture capitalists including Mark Kvamme, who served as the top economic advisor to former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, passed as an emergency “in that it is immediately necessary” in order “to avoid causing interruptions in the delivery of program services.”

The grant, from the city’s general fund that pays for most basic services such as police and fire protection, trash pickup and others, will allow for reimbursement of the firm retroactively back to Jan. 1, the ordinance says.


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