FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charlotte Creech, CEO
Patriot Boot Camp is Returning to San Antonio to Accelerate Veteran Entrepreneurs
February 16-18, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas
DENVER, Colo., November 9, 2017 - Patriot Boot Camp is pleased to announce its return to San Antonio, Texas from February 16-18, 2018. The application period for the program is now open. All interested servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses are encouraged to apply before the early application deadline on December 17, 2017 on PBC’s webpage: www.patriotbootcamp.org/apply-san-antonio-2018
PBC is an intensive three-day educational program designed to engage, inspire, and mentor military veterans and military spouses to start, innovate, and scale technology-focused businesses. It is modeled after the three-month Techstars accelerator and provided to veterans, active servicemembers, and their spouses at no cost. Over the course of the program, PBC will provide approximately 50 participants with entrepreneurial education, mentoring, and networking to help them solidify a business idea, focus their fundraising pitch, and demonstrate progress along their entrepreneurial path. “PBC has been one of the best decisions I made since I transitioned from active duty Navy to the Reserves and I’ve never looked back. From the quality of the mentors, Techstars connections, and sources of capital, it certainly lives up to the promise and walks the walk to empower veteran entrepreneurs. There are a lot of veteran- specific organizations that don’t have a tenth of the true impact that the PBC team has for building businesses that matter,” says Glen Dakan, PBC San Antonio 2017 alumnus and the Co-founder / CEO of Prestio, a one-stop car buying and finance site.
PBC is made possible by the generous support of many organizations that are committed to seeing veterans succeed as entrepreneurs, founders, and employees. Techstars, Jared Polis Foundation, and USAA lead this support as PBC’s presenting sponsors. The program will be sponsored locally by the 80/20 Foundation, with additional support from Codeup and Geekdom, who is donating facilities to host the event. "Geekdom and the 80/20 Foundation are proud to partner with PBC for a second year in a row. This event has become the annual showcase for veterans to show that our ecosystem is custom built to help them get the start they need to launch their small business or startup," said Lorenzo Gomez, Chairman of the 80/20 Foundation.
Since 2012, PBC has hosted 11 programs across 8 states, supporting more than 650 entrepreneurs. The San Antonio event will mark PBC’s 2nd program in San Antonio. “Patriot Boot Camp is thrilled to return to San Antonio to further the entrepreneurial resources available to transitioning military servicemembers and spouses,” said Charlotte Creech, PBC CEO and alumna of the 2012 and 2013 cohorts. “PBC looks forward to joining forces with the San Antonio community and local partners to offer high quality education and mentoring to help more entrepreneurs integrate into the startup ecosystem and accelerate their growth.”
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. The objective of PBC’s three-day program is to provide military members, veterans, and military spouses with access to mentors and training to help them innovate and build the next generation of high-growth, scalable, and impactful companies. PBC 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.
About 80|20 Foundation
The 80/20 Foundation was established by Graham Weston, Co-founder and Chairman of Rackspace Hosting. Based on the Pareto Principle, the foundation invests in the 20% of the nonprofits driving 80% of the social impact turning San Antonio into the next hub for entrepreneurship, promoting technology education for the high-skill jobs of our knowledge economy, and providing more urban options.