The company just opened up applications on Wednesday and is accepting them until Sept. 23rd. Then it will choose five people to work at WeWork University Park in Austin from Oct. 3rd until the end of December.
It’s looking for web designers or web developers interested in learning more about e-commerce and Shopify specifically, said Courtney Symons, Shopify’s partner growth manager.
Shopify, founded in Ottawa, Canada in 2006, makes software and a platform that lets small and medium-sized businesses easily launch a storefront. It is a direct competitor of BigCommerce, which is based in Austin. And Shopify is a publicly traded company which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SHOP. Its total revenue for 2015 was $205.2 million, up 95 percent from a year earlier. More than 300,000 merchants work with Shopify.
The Shopify Partner Accelerator will provide resources and support to local small businesses in the design, web development, and marketing spaces. Those resources include mentorship and hands-on training from Shopify.
In addition to Austin, Shopify launched its partner accelerator in three other cities: New York, Montreal, Canada and London, England.
“This is a massive opportunity for Shopify partners,” Symons said.
Shopify chose WeWork as its coworking partner site because “their spaces foster creativity,” Symons said.
Austin is a place for innovation and that’s why Shopify chose to put a Shopify Partner Accelerator here, Symons said.
“We have seen a really successful Shopify community growing in Austin,” she said. “We know it is a rich ground for opportunity. “