In a move that will help many tech startups with the same goal, Facebook is offering free training classes for employees to help them build out their tech companies and businesses.
The program, called HAWES, was introduced by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in December.
It will give people access to a range of resources that will show them how to apply for funding, set up a team, and work through technical problems.
The classes will run through May 21, and are offered at locations across the US, including Facebook headquarters.
“This is the most important thing we’ve ever done in the last five years,” Zuckerberg said.
“We know that we need a new set of skills to solve the problems that we face today, and HAWs is an important part of that effort.”
In addition to free classes, Zuckerberg has offered incentives to companies who enroll in the program.
For each company, Zuckerberg will donate $25,000 to a philanthropic foundation, and he has also offered a $50,000 cash prize to the first company to create a business plan.
Facebook has offered a series of incentives for startups to enroll in HAWes training, including a free month’s subscription to the service and free stock options.
Facebook says that it has invested in a network of mentors who can help the company reach out to those who may not have access to the training.
In addition, Facebook has launched a program to help small businesses with training and hiring, which will cost $1,000 per month.
That will give entrepreneurs access to online resources like job boards and interviews, as well as job searches and hiring practices that are typically only accessible to larger companies.
Zuckerberg also recently opened a new site called LinkedIn, where employees can post job offers and see where they fit in the company’s hiring process.