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‘flying simulator’ for software developers Wilco exits stealth mode with $7 million seed

Wilco helps software professionals to accelerate their growth and development by taking acting technical challenges in a game-like platform

Wilco helps software professionals
Wilco helps software professionals / Wilco team

Israeli Wilco, an immersive platform for software developer upskilling, has announced the delivery of its first public edition and the receipt of $7 million in early investment. Hetz Ventures led the round, with participation from major funds and angel investors, including Vertex Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, and Shopify’s VP of Engineering, Farhan Thawar.

Founded in 2021 by CEO On Freund, CTO Shem Magnezi, and CPO Alon Carmel.

According to a recent poll, the greatest career incentive for software engineers is taking on new challenges and continuing to learn. “To build successful careers, developers need to acquire and continuously practice a wide range of skills beyond coding,” said On Freund, co-founder, and CEO of Wilco. “Many soft skills and technical areas of expertise — like team communication, debugging complex systems, and responding to crises — are picked up by developers only with countless hours of hands-on experience, which is hard to come by.” 

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developers must acquire and regularly practice a wide range of skills beyond coding to establish successful careers. Many soft skills and technical areas of knowledge, such as team communication, troubleshooting complicated systems, and responding to crises, can only be acquired via numerous hours of hands-on experience.

The Wilco platform quest catalog

On Wilco’s platform, developers join a fictitious tech business — a game-like experience to boost their professional development. At their “new employment,” engineers are tasked with navigating complicated life-like events while using actual tools and technology.

One mission designed to hone abilities such as debugging and communication begins with the developer being told via the workplace messaging app of a mystery problem with the application of a fictional corporation. The developer must evaluate data to identify impacted users, replicate the issue on their device, identify the faulty code, and send the remedy to Github. Virtual peers give instruction using the messaging app, replicating a contemporary remote work environment when needed.

According to Pavel Livshiz, General Partner at Hetz Ventures, Wilco enables software professionals to take charge of their professional growth. “With Wilco, the possibility to acquire new skills is no longer contingent on a supervisor’s approval or the availability of time-consuming side projects. Now, engineers at any level may expand their competence at an expedited rate.

With its upskilling solution, Wilco also wants to promote professional progression chances for underrepresented groups in the digital industry.

Freund stated, “Today, even the most entry-level occupations demand some experience, and many possibilities are restricted to those who are already successful or have a strong social network.” Wilco’s goal is to help all developers, no matter where they come from or how much experience they have, reach their full potential.

The various quests built by Wilco’s team, which has extensive knowledge in both software development and game design, cover essential software engineering skills and ideas. In addition, the platform has quests built with content partners, such as New Relic, Applitools, and JFrog, that enable developers to obtain hands-on experience with popular development tools. In the near future, there will be quests about other tools and technologies and support for user-made content.

Access to the free upskilling platform will be offered over the next several days and weeks to any developer who joins the waitlist.



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