"Ultimately we want to address this problem that exists which is a chronic under-supply of tech talent in this city. That's really why we were created, to close the gap," says Damien. "We want to be the go-to source of tech talent for the city of Detroit." ...One of the ways Damien and Grand Circus plan to accomplish this is by teaching local middle- and high-schoolers how to code. The company is designing programming to both bring children to their space downtown and to go out into the neighborhoods and offer lessons in the classrooms. Where general education may have trouble keeping up with the rapid pace of change in the technology field, Damien says that the Grand Circus model of instruction is defined by the ability to quickly develop and adjust classes to the needs of the day.
Grand Circus recently received validation of its vision from one of the industry's heavy hitters as Google has chosen the company as one of seven Google for Entrepreneurs tech hubs in the country. Google provides technology and better access to its services to entrepreneurs and startups affiliated with Grand Circus and the rest of what's known as the M@dison Block. read more via UIX