Data Alchemy: A Non-Profit Initiative to Empower Young Data Enthusiasts in India

June 19, 2024
Qi Wu

Qi Wu

Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer

At 5X, our mission has always been to make data simple for businesses. Tarush and I started 5X three years ago as a simple idea: a 12-week educational program aimed at helping startup CEOs develop their data strategies and make data-driven business decisions. Since then, we've grown into a leading data consultancy and SaaS platform provider, accumulating deep expertise in solving real-world business challenges across various industries. Our journey has taught us that empowering individuals with data skills is the key to unlocking true innovation.

Through our consultancy work, we've had the privilege of hiring and training some of the best data engineers in the industry, offering higher salaries than the market average. In the process, we've witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by aspiring data engineers.

While many young engineers possess raw talent and enthusiasm, they often lack the guidance and support needed to translate their potential into marketable skills. This is particularly true as the hiring process increasingly emphasizes practical experience and communication abilities. Moreover, the high cost of professional training programs in India further exacerbates these challenges for young talents to jumpstart their data careers.

This realization fueled our commitment to create an affordable educational program leveraging our data and analytics expertise to help them succeed.

Being one of the first data engineers at Salesforce, Tarush has been deeply inspired by Salesforce’s 1-1-1 model, which commits 1% of our equity, technology, and employees’ time to build a more equitable and sustainable world.

Fueled by a deep sense of gratitude and a desire to give back, we are excited to launch Data Alchemy (powered by 5X), a non-profit initiative designed for aspiring data professionals in India. This program is our commitment to empowering young talent with the practical skills and knowledge they need to secure high-paying jobs and build fulfilling careers.

A New Approach to Data Education

Data Alchemy is a non-profit initiative focused on community impact and education. The program is designed to be accessible and affordable, with a nominal fee that is entirely donated to data literacy initiatives in India.

It is an 8-week online program that offers real-world problem statements and capstone group projects that are directly applicable to the job market. This provides students with practical experience that will help them secure their first jobs.

Key highlights of Data Alchemy include:

  1. Comprehensive Curriculum - Covers SQL, data pipelines, modeling, analytics, visualization, business communication, and interview prep.
  2. Hands-On Learning - Real-world projects and a capstone challenge provide practical experience.
  3. Mentorship-Driven - Participants receive guidance and support from experienced data professionals.
  4. Supportive Community - A vibrant network of peers and alumni fosters collaboration and growth.
  5. Certification - Participants will receive a Data Alchemy Certification upon completion at the end of the program.

More details of the program can be found here.

It’s more than a course; it’s a mentorship-driven experience with hands-on projects, industry connections, and a supportive community.

Transforming Careers, Building the Future

Our goal is simple. We want to equip as many talented individuals as possible with the skills and knowledge they need to launch successful data careers. Data Alchemy is our way of giving back to the community and investing in the future of India's data ecosystem.

We invite you to support this initiative by spreading the word, getting involved, or simply following our journey. If you are a young talent eager to break into the data industry, we encourage you to apply. Together, let's empower the next generation with the skills they need to thrive in the world of data.

Applications are now open for Data Alchemy. To learn more and apply, please visit The deadline for applications is June 30th.

About 5X

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With a deep commitment to community and education, 5X is also dedicated to nurturing the next generation of data leaders in India.

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