Geekdom is set to open an entrepreneurship trade school in February, the downtown coworking space announced Friday.

The six-week program, known as The District, is aimed at providing aspiring startup founders and innovators an education in entrepreneurship. Students will learn business models, customer validation, and competitive research as well as how to build a successful business through product development, funding, and marketing, according to a press release.

“The goal of The District is to codify entrepreneurship in a way that everyone can understand,” said Nick Longo, cofounder of Geekdom and The District instructor, in the release. “The coursework comes from real minds and students will learn from people who have succeeded and have actually built companies themselves.”

The first cohort will begin Feb. 4 and consist of 36 students at most. Classes will occur during the evening to accommodate people with full-time jobs.

Students will participate in hands-on workshops to help them compose business plans and pitch their companies.

The District – which will be based in the newly renovated basement at The Rand Building, 110 E. Houston St. – will also explore partnerships with local universities and professors to help prime students interested in starting their own business for life as a startup founder.

“I want more entrepreneurs in San Antonio, and I want them to be more successful,” Longo said.

The program will cost $499 for non-Geekdom members and $299 for Geekdom members.

For more information visit The District’s website.

JJ Velasquez was a columnist, former editor and reporter at the San Antonio Report.