Companies estimate that a shortage of talent is the main obstacle to the adoption of 64% of new technologies, according to a report by analyst Gartner published in 2021. In France alone, 8 out of 10 software companies are struggling recruitment, especially of developers.
It is in the face of this observation that entrepreneurs Eric Larchevêque (co-founder of Ledger) and Frank Jeannin founded the Algosup school in 2019. Its promise: to train ultra-generalist software architects during a 5-year course, including a lot of practice, supervised by world experts, all in English. If the school is open to all graduates, it currently has a majority of men. On this subject, Algosup wishes to achieve parity by encouraging women to present themselves.
“The entire course is in English”
One of Algosup’s bets is to provide all courses in English, the language of computing. “The entire course is in English”, Explain Eric Larchevêquewhich specifies that language courses for learning English are also provided. “We don’t ask our students to be bilingual when they arrive, but they will be when they leave”.
On the price side, the school positions itself on the price ranges of paying business or computer schools. ” The year costs 9,500 euros”explains Eric Larchevêque. “However, we don’t want to make a selection on the money. This is why any person accepted at Algosup can benefit from a loan, without conditions and without deposit, which will finance all the tuition fees over the 5 years and which will be reimbursed at the end of the school”.
A European campus in Vierzon
The school intends to distinguish itself through the specialized training it offers, as well as its original projects. “There is a red thread, called the ‘crazy challenge’, which is selected in the first year. Each student will choose a ‘crazy challenge’, behind which there will be real innovation and which will be the subject of their graduation defense. It is, to some extent, an entrepreneurial adventure since it will be necessary to define a need, a solution and a budget. “Entrepreneurship is one of the soft skills we teach”, recalls the founder of Ledger. In this sense, the Vierzon campus will also host a startup incubator.
The premises are currently in the Technological Park of Sologne in Vierzon, in the former offices of Ledger, but will move from the start of the 2023 academic year in the city center, within a completely renovated industrial building of 3000 m2. Algosup currently has 37 students, mostly from the Center region, but aims to eventually reach 500 students from all over Europe.
Find the interview with Eric Larchevêque, co-founder of Algosup, at the microphone of Richard Menneveux:
Problem : there is a worldwide and chronic shortage of software developers. The problem is only getting worse and current training is out of step with expectations and future market needs.
Solution : a long training (5 years) of ultra-generalist software architect, based on a lot of practice supervised by world experts, all in English (the language of computing), open to all (we are sorely lacking in girls in this sector) and where we give pride of place to “softskills” (transversal skills).
Market : unlimited, there is a shortage of millions of developers in the world and 600,000 in Europe alone, 500,000 high school graduates begin higher education each year.
Tech: cognitive neurosciences, gamification, pedagogical innovations.
Clients : 37 students at the moment, mostly from the Center region (but in the long term the school is aiming for 500 students from all over Europe).
Partners: high schools, IUT, other schools, companies and some unicorns
Team : international startup and software specialists
Business: €9,500 in tuition fees per student per year, financing of these studies negotiated with two banks that support the students’ education, and co-financing by companies that order projects from the students.
Funding since creation: not disclosed
Investors : The founders
Current recruitments: a Business Developer (student recruitment and partnerships)
News: laying of the first stone of the European campus in Vierzon
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Algosup, Eric Larchevêque’s computer science school, deploys its European campus
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