Don’t Miss Patriot Bootcamp — Application Deadline Dec 6
Do you have notions, dreams, or plans of becoming a successful entrepreneur? Have you ever envisioned using the skills you learned in the military to start your own company? If so, Patriot Bootcamp (PBC) may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Since its inception in 2012, PBC has been on a mission to assemble and activate an inclusive community that helps military members, veterans, and military spouses become creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs leading the new economy.
PBC’s overarching vision is to leverage a nationwide network of military, business, and startup community thought leaders who will help build the next generation of high-growth, scalable, and impactful companies. To date, this 501c3 non-profit, based in Boulder, Colorado, has served more than 950 entrepreneurs. All of the donations it receives go directly to its programs.
3 Biggest Entrepreneurial Challenges for Military, Veterans and Their Spouses
Co-founded as a volunteer effort by Taylor McLemore, Governor Jared Polis, and Techstars Co-Founder David Cohen, this nonprofit startup accelerator was designed to address the gaps in entrepreneurial support that military members, veterans, and their spouses often encounter. The PBC team identified the three biggest entrepreneurial challenges as:
Lack of access to:
- Financial capital
- Business education
- Mentors and networks
This organization continues to strive to find new ways to bridge those gaps. In addition, PBC strives to increase diversity in entrepreneurship in order to help strengthen the global ecosystem of entrepreneurs.
PBC’s Commitment to Empower Its Members
PBC’s leaderships team remains committed to creating and administering programs that provide access to mentors, educational programming, and a robust community of experts and peers to empower its members to create and develop businesses. Its broad offerings are designed to help to those who are still in the idea stage, those who have a company that’s up and running, and everyone else in between.
While the original three-day PBC event in 2012 was held in in Washington, D.C., subsequent programs have been held each year in 8 cities nationwide. This year, like most everything else, the programs have gone virtual.
Those virtual offerings include a series of Free Lunch and Learns on vast array of topics from Cyber Crime, to Personal Branding, to Finance and more.
The PBC webinars generally run live on Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30 EDT. They’ve also been archived and made available as both recordings and slide decks. You can access those resources at not cost by clicking here. Any active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses who want to attend are welcome.
PBC Applications Have Been Opened
PBC has opened applications to its 2021 Virtual Bootcamp, February 3rd and 4th, 2021 beyond the Blog, Facebook and accessible webinar series. This program offers access to capital workshops and panels with financial leaders and venture capital experts, as well as entrepreneurial education programming with world-class speakers, and multiple one-on-one sessions with access to over 35 subject matter experts.
If you’re interested in applying for this program, you must get your application in no later than December 6, 2020. Please click here to apply.
In addition to concrete knowledge, those who attend the PBC programs say they come away with a new level of confidence.
If you have additional questions for Patriot Boot Camp, please reach out to them directly.
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About the author
Caroline Sposto is a writer, actor, and the founder of Savvy Civility, an educational company that specializes in civilian role play training. She has a passion for the arts, education, and small business.