Between June 15 - August 15 2021 we spent ~$3k to award 33 PRs to our student developer team. Before that we also spent $600 to qualify our student "bounty hunters" using a paid screening challenge on Algora (thanks to everyone on HN for sharing your thoughts, feedback & feelings about the SWE hiring process).
Petros (junior at Williams College), Alan (junior at Williams College) and Jeremy (graduating senior at Dartmouth College) were amazing contributors this past summer and we're lucky to have worked with them (& continue to share bounties). Our collaboration was a flexible twist on the traditional internship and everyone reported preferring this new format.
If Algora can be so consequential for a small startup like ours and for college students looking to get experience building product, we can't help but wonder: what would happen if we started giving Algora grants to student startups?
I met Zaf, my co-founder & Algora CTO, in probability theory class at Williams College in Massachusetts. For every two lucky co-founders like ourselves who meet in college by chance, there are tens of thousands of potential cofounders who don't get to meet while in school and thus don't start a startup. Maybe we can help.