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Hacker Tour is a Mobile Recruiting Unit for College Programmers

What do startups like StubHub, SoundCloud, Etsy, Square and Codecademy have in common? They're among the 26 startups that have signed on to sponsor Hacker Tour, a giant tour bus aimed at helping startups connect with and recruit college programmers. Hacker Tour heads from university to university targeting young coders and engineers over a period of eight weeks -- think of a guerrilla career fair. Can savvy recruiting initiatives like this one help fuel entrepreneurship?

Its organizers certainly think so. "The idea is that people get jobs that they're excited about, that change their lives," said Anna Binder, the vice president of client services for Hacker Tour's parent company ReadyForce, to Mashable. After getting valuable experience at a company in its early stages, young entrepreneurs will hopefully become inspired to start their own firm.

The current Hacker Tour continues through the end of the month. Thus far, it's been a smashing success: ReadyForce is not only planning the next tour, but it's also exploring similar tours in other industries.

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