This July TechStars will be holding their second Patriot Boot Camp in Washington D.C.. Patriot Boot Camp is an intense three-day program that will educate and mentor a selected group of Veterans and Service Member founders to build technology companies. Their hope is that Patriot Boot Camp will be the catalyst for Veterans and Service Members to kickstart a company, find cofounders and advance as entrepreneurs.
There is no cost for Veterans or spouses of Veterans to participate. Veterans participating in the program are financially responsible for their travel and accommodations.
Patriot Boot Camp will include presentations by TechStars mentors, alumni, and technology industry leaders, one-on-one mentoring from the TechStars’ team, alumni, and entrepreneurial leaders, interaction with other motivated entrepreneurs, education on the process to build a technology startup, interaction with successful D.C. startups, access to startup community resources, and peer and mentor feedback. The mentors and speakers will be drawn from the rich pool of our mentors, alumni, and friends of the TechStars community. These are highly motivated individuals who are emotionally invested in supporting Veteran entrepreneurs.
Over the course of the three-day program, the presentations by TechStars mentors and one-on-one mentoring will guide the participant to solidify a business idea, focus their fundraising pitch, improve their accelerator application, refine their product concept, or demonstrate progress as it relates to their entrepreneurial path. Each participant or group of participants will have the opportunity to share their progress with the Patriot Boot Camp cohort.
This year Patriot Boot Camp will be held July 17-19 in Washington D.C..
Apply to Patriot Boot Camp here.
This effective program is made possible by the generous support from these sponsors: SoftLayer, Kauffman FastTrac, Slice of Lime, PivotDesk, SendGrid and Silicon Valley Bank, and the venue sponsor of Georgetown University. They are proudly endorsed by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
See last year’s pitches here. A few participants in 2012 were kind enough to share their blog posts (here and here) about their experience and how it served the veteran community. 2012 participant Nexercise was recently accepted into the inaugural class of TechStars in Chicago.