When creating a plan for career success after military service, there are many choices. One such choice is setting a course to become an entrepreneur. Many of the skills learned during military service and living the military lifestyle lend themselves to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Skills such as being mission and purpose driven, ability to build and manage highly successful teams, manage limited resources and excel in extreme conditions. Entrepreneurship is a journey many take with the help of organizations like Patriot Boot Camp.
Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2012, presented by TechStars. This three-day technology and entrepreneurship boot camp provides educational training and one-on-one mentoring to startup founders. During the weekend, USAA employees with specific skills sets also get the opportunity to participate as mentors to help make it a success. PBC is in its seventh session of its entrepreneur focused boot camps.
The mission statement of PBC is, “to assemble and activate an inclusive community that advances veterans and military spouses in the mission to become creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs leading the new economy.”
The latest session took place in Lehi, Utah on August 23rd through 25th at the headquarters of MX, Technologies, Inc., a USAA Corporate Development portfolio company, and featured 41 mentors, 21 volunteer speakers and 50 military veteran and spouse entrepreneurs.
Highlights from the Patriot Boot Camp, Lehi, Utah weekend include:
Patriot Boot Camp CEO, Jennifer Pilcher welcomes military veterans and their spouses.
The PBC program has over 850 military community entrepreneur graduates and this year’s class consists of a record-breaking 23 percent female entrepreneurs; 57 percent are people with a service-connected disability, and all represent 23 different states.
Entrepreneur, Pete Kight speaks to the veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs who participated in Patriot Boot Camp.
Photo courtesy of MX – Military veteran mentees meet with Mentors to ask questions and interact.
Photo courtesy of MX – Military veterans and military spouse mentees meet with Mentors to ask questions and interact. This year’s class consists of a record-breaking 23 percent female entrepreneurs.
Dave Drach from Techstars leads a session at Patriot Boot Camp.
Eight USAA mentors participate in Patriot Boot Camp, Lehi, Utah.
Axe throwing group shot of PBC mentee, Chelsea Mandello, USAA mentors (Moema Matsoso, Emily Schuller, Paco Rivera) and Hiring America's, Bill Deutch.
USAA mentors and veteran and military spouse mentees participate in a team building activity during the 2019 Patriot Boot Camp in Salt Lake City, UT.
Judges for the Patriot Boot Camp pitch contest include USAA’s Neff Hudson, Vice President of Corporate Development.
Military Spouse and Patriot Boot Camp mentee, Chelsea Mandello, placing second in the pitch contest competition.
Mentees participating in Patriot Boot Camp, Lehi, Utah.
Have a question about Patriot Boot Camp? Let us know in the comments!
More about Patriot Boot Camp: Patriot Boot Camp was co-founded by Taylor McLemore, Governor Jared Polis, and Techstars Co-Founder David Cohen as a volunteer effort organized under the Techstars startup accelerator to address the gaps in entrepreneurial support that military members, Veterans, and their spouses often encounter.
More about Jen Pilcher: Jen serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Patriot Boot Camp, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization out of Denver, Colorado. Jen is also a proud Patriot Boot Camp alumna class of 2013. Jen was the Founder and CEO of Strategic Military Communications, LLC and MilitaryOneClick, as well as the creator of MilSpouseFest, the largest series of events for military spouses held across the country. Jen’s husband, Ed Pilcher, is (still 23+ years) active duty Navy and their children, Katie is a junior, and Griffin is in eighth grade. They have two English bulldog rescues, who are currently eating their way through their home.
This event is sponsored by USAA
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