If your venture is not yet break-even or generating a surplus from sales, how are you covering the financial gap currently? What are your plans for breaking even in the future?
The Foundation is supported by philanthropic donations and awards. This small budget supports the team who in turn support Dojos starting up. We are exploring ways to make us less dependant on donations including partnerships with corporates for awarding belts and badges to children and sponsorship of our two global annual events DojoCon and Coolest Projects.
Tell us about your partnerships. What partnerships are critical for your solution’s success? How are you forming these partnerships?
We partner with corporates who are passionate about teaching the next generation of creators. These corporates donate their space and talent to run Dojos. We form these partnerships through building brand awareness and creating inbound opportunities and secondly through identifying like minded corporates and approaching them directly.
What, if any, corporate partners have you worked with regarding your solution? What is the nature of your relationship with these corporate partners (e.g. career/internship placement of your participants, financial sponsorship or donations, program development, etc.)
GitHub, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google all run Dojos in their offices.
Liberty Global became out first corporate donor early in 2014.