Keep Austin Weird. That’s the city’s official motto. That’s … well, weird and awesome at the same time. Famous for its Tex-Mex queso dishes, BBQ, and rockin’ live music scene, notably Austin City Limits Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin is also home to our next Patriot Boot Camp.
Scheduled for February 8-10, the PBC team has already received applications for companies that range from proof of concept, to pre-revenue, and beyond. The companies come from the HR tech, UAV, and cyber security space and are fronted by Veterans and active duty folks from all branches of service. (Hey, military spouses … get your application together!)
Jeff Redmond, CEO and Founder of Red Bear Rentals, attended the most recent PBC in Denver. When he arrived for the weekend, his company was headed in one direction. Then he met with his selected mentors.
“They were tough,” said Redmond who came up with the idea for the gear rental network after trying to figure out what to do with spare snowboards and canoes collecting dust in his garage. “They straight up told me the truth and things have changed drastically since then.”
The former Army combat engineer said the advice was exactly what he needed to hear in order to take his business to the next level. Plus, his mentor is helping him make critical connections in the vacation rental space. He hopes to go live by the end of the year.
Redmond’s story is just one of many that unfold over PBC weekends. Others leave with notebooks full of ideas, funding opportunities, inspiration, and creative ways to iterate on a business plan. Plus, you never know who might stop by. Like Governor Elect Jared Polis or the Founder, Managing Partner, CEO + Co-founder of Backstage Capital, Arlan Hamilton (and feature in Fast Company’s October issue). Some, like the Cowboy Crickets team, jump (get it?) into action and are selected as a Kickstarter Campaign “Projects We Love.”
PBC Austin applications are due December 21 which means you have less than a month to get ‘er done. Click here to start your application and we hope to see you in Austin!
What others are saying about PBC …
Patriot Boot Camp is a 3-day reunion with family you never knew you had with the benefit of developing life changing business strategies with other successful veterans.
The barriers to entrepreneurship are massive. PBC broke them down for me and provided a clear path to next steps. If PBC comes to your city, APPLY! You won't regret it.
PBC was a breath of fresh air from the daily grind of being a founder. In one place I was able to talk about challenges as a founder and connect with fellow veterans in a way that is not possible with my day to day network.