Zip Code Wilmington Appoints Ben duPont Board Chairman


Ben duPont

Co-Founder Jim Stewart will Remain Active on Zip Code Wilmington’s ?Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Zip Code Wilmington, a premier nonprofit coding bootcamp, today announced that Ben duPont, the organization’s co-founder and current Board of Directors Vice President, will be appointed as its new Board Chairman, effective January 31, 2020. duPont will succeed Jim Stewart, Zip Code Wilmington co-founder and Board Chairman since Zip Code Wilmington’s 2015 inception. Stewart will remain an active member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to serve as Zip Code Wilmington’s new Board Chairman as the organization is near and dear to my heart,” said Ben duPont. “Jim Stewart, Porter Schutt and I founded the organization to address the shortage of tech talent that local companies were experiencing in Wilmington. In a mere five years, we’ve built a nationally recognized, award winning organization that is dedicated to re-skilling and up-skilling IT professionals in the most current coding languages and best practices while helping Delaware-based businesses find diverse talent that exceed their expectations.”

“Leading Zip Code Wilmington has been a rewarding experience and I am confident Ben will continue to realize our mutual goals for the future of Zip Code Wilmington, its students and corporate partners, and continue to take the organization to new levels,” commented Jim Stewart. “All good organizations can benefit from periodic new leadership, and Ben is the perfect person for the job. I look forward to continuing to serve on the Board and support Ben’s efforts in the years ahead.”

About Ben duPont

Ben duPont is co-founder and managing partner at Chartline Capital Partners, a Venture Capital Fund that has 26 portfolio companies and invests in structured stage venture capital. Chartline Capital Partners’ focus is on digital health, retail analytics, telecom infrastructure, digital industrial and food supply chain.

Prior to Chartline Capital Partners, duPont co-founded, an open innovation, technology scouting and patent pooling firm, holding the position as president from 1999 to 2016. In 2000, was funded by Siemens, Bayer, Caterpillar, P&G, Honeywell, DuPont and NTT.

The current Zip Code Wilmington Board of Directors includes: 

  • Ben duPont of Chartline Capital Partners; Co-Founder and Board Chairman
  • Teri Quinn Gray of DuPont Transportation and Industrial; Board Member
  • Porter Schutt of Brown Advisory; Co-Founder and Board Member
  • Jim Stewart of Epic Research; Co-Founder and Board Member

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About Zip Code Wilmington

Launched in 2015, Zip Code Wilmington is a 12-week coding bootcamp in Delaware that gives students the technical, interpersonal and leadership skills needed to secure a competitive job in technology and increase their earning potential. Zip Code Wilmington’s program prepares its students to become highly qualified and trained technology talent, while connecting students with corporate partners throughout the program. Its current audited Outcomes Report confirms that 93 percent of its graduates are placed in paid roles within six months of graduation, earning more than double their average pre-Zip Code Wilmington salaries, with average annual earnings of $74,134. To learn more about Zip Code Wilmington, please visit

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