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Patriot Boot Camp Coming to Austin, Teaching Veterans to be Successful Entrepreneurs

Weekend Seminar presented by Techstars set for June 3-5, 2016 in Austin, Texas

BOULDER, Colo., (May 26, 2016)  Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) will host a diverse group of fifty military veteran entrepreneurs in Austin, June 3-5.  Entrepreneurs attending were selected from a group of competitive applicants and will travel from as far away as Stuttgart, Germany and New York. They will join the following veterans who are leading exciting startups:

Krissa Watry is Co-Founder and CEO of Dynepic®, Inc. and Dynepic Sports, LLC, where she is on a mission to inspire the next generation by safely connecting kids to the digital world.  Dynepic’s first service called iOKids provides a secure single sign-on for kids to play online with their friends, an app for parents to manage where and who their kids engage with online, and provides mobile and IoT developers the tools to reach the under 13 population while meeting the Child Online Privacy Protection laws.  Krissa holds a BS in Eng. Mech. from the USAF Academy, a MS in Mech. Eng. from MIT, served as a Captain in the US Air Force, and spent 10 years designing, launching, and commanding spaceflight hardware with multiple units launched into space.  www.dynepic.com

Agustin Gonzalez is an Air Force Veteran and Co-Founder/CEO of Dallas-based Paranoid Fan, a social mapping app likened to "Waze for sports fans."  The company was selected to pitch, and were finalists in the "Future Stadium" category, at the NFL/TechCrunch Super Bowl 50 Battlefield at Stanford University.  Paranoid Fan will be providing social mapping for a number of NFL and NCAA teams in the upcoming season.  www.paranoidfan.com

Jim Rabuck is an Army Airborne Ranger and Infantry Officer who has focused his experience succeeding in complex, dynamic environments into an innovative logistics solution in travel technology, REKi Travel.  REKi recently entered into its first partnership with a major online travel provider, signed its first 20 "Ambassadors,” won a pitch competition in Washington D.C., completed the Venture Hive Accelerator, and was accepted into Stanford GBS Ignite program for entrepreneurs.  REKi will launch its beta version to subscribers this fall.  www.reki.io

This is the ninth installment of PBC presented by Techstars. The three-day event is designed to engage, inspire, and mentor veterans and spouses to start, innovate, and scale technology-focused businesses.  Active service members, veterans, and their spouses will receive free entrepreneurship education, mentoring, and networking.  This will help them solidify a business idea, focus their fundraising pitch, and demonstrate progress in launching and growing a startup venture.  

Activities will take place at the Texas State Capitol Extension Building on June 3, and at Galvanize on June 4-5.

PBC is made possible by support from organizations that are committed to seeing veterans succeed as entrepreneurs, founders, and employees.  PBC extends its sincere thanks to USAA for sponsoring the Austin event.  We would also like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their contributions and support: the Jared Polis Foundation, Veterans Caucus of the Texas Legislature, HMWK-John Kroll, Cuvee Coffee, Panera, Whole Foods Market, Duchman Family Winery-Dave Reilly, Galvanize, Capital Factory, FishViews, Inc., Bill McNeely, Kip Steele, Ethan Dietrich, Hops & Grain, Brown Distributing, and The Peached Tortilla.

About Patriot Boot Camp

Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to equip active duty military members, veterans, and their spouses with the education, resources, and community needed to be successful technology entrepreneurs.  Patriot Boot Camp leverages a nationwide network of business and startup community thought leaders to more effectively guide entrepreneurs in bridging the gap between military service and entrepreneurial life. http://patriotbootcamp.org.

Charlotte Creech, Executive Director        Josh Anderson, Development Director

charlotte@patriotbootcamp.org                josh@patriotbootcamp.org

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