RisingStars Events

RisingStars Events



18 – 20, 2012
Patriot Boot Camp

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp is an intense three-day program that will educate and mentor Veterans and Service Members to innovate, build technology companies, and create jobs. Participation in the Patriot Boot Camp will be the catalyst for Veterans and Service Members to kickstart a company, find co-founders, and advance as entrepreneurs.

The Patriot Boot Camp is an event produced by TechStars as part of its RisingStars program.

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Rafik B. Hariri BuildingGeorgetown University

What will the program look like?

  • Presentations by TechStars mentors, alumni, and technology industry leaders
  • One-on-one mentoring from the TechStars Team, TechStars Alumni, and industry leaders
  • Interaction with other motivated entrepreneurs
  • Education on the process to build a technology startup
  • Interaction with successful D.C. startups
  • Access to startup community resources
  • Peer and mentor feedback

Endorsed by the Institute for Veteran and Military Families, the program will conclude with a Digital Demo Day, similar in form to the TechStars Demo Day. The event will be the summation of the Patriot Boot Camp experience for the Veteran or Service Member. Over the course of the three-day program, the presentations by TechStars mentors and one-on-one mentoring will guide the participant to solidify a business idea, focus their fundraising pitch, improve their accelerator application, refine their product concept, or demonstrate progress as it relates to their entrepreneurial path. Each participant or group of participants will deliver a short presentation on Digital Demo Day to share their progress. We’ll invite investors and media, and broadcast and promote the event online.

The mentors and speakers will be drawn from the rich pool of TechStars mentors, TechStars alumni, friends of the TechStars community, and supporters of Veteran entrepreneurs. These will be highly motivated individuals who are emotionally invested in supporting Veteran entrepreneurs. Mentors include:

Aneesh Chopra, Former US Chief Technology Officer
Donna Harris, Startup America
David Cohen, TechStars
Jared Polis, TechStars
Jason Seats, TechStars
Kwasi Asare, Moodlerooms
Nicole Glaros, TechStars
Al Doan, Missouri Star Quilt Co.
Allen Gannett, EmployInsight
Austin Evarts, GoChime
Brad Harrison, BHV
Brian DeWitt, SocialThing
Bobby Ocampo, Grotech
Charles Kelly, Silicon Valley Bank
Chris Ennis, Function Interactive
Chuck Cullen, Grotech
Chris Onan, Galvanize
David Mandell, Pivot Desk
David Sandrowitz, The Fort
Don Rainey, Grotech
Edward Barrientos, Brazen Careerist
Eric Koester, Zaarly
Evan Morgan, Revolution Growth
George Solomon, George Washington University
Glen Hellman, Driven Forward
Hannibal Bray, Infraredx
James Chung, George Washington University
Jeff Reid, Georgetown
Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu.com
Jerry Johnson, RLJ Equity
Jim Booth, Orbotix
Jim Brinksma, Visible Arbitrage
John Casey, George Mason
Josh Emert, GoChime
Justin Fishkin, Local Motors
Katie Rae, TechStars
Katya Vasilaky, TroopSwap
Kelley Hilborn, SoftLayer
Larry Broughton, Broughton Advisory Group
Lawson DeVries, Grotech
Leslie Jump, Sawari Ventures
Mark Drapeau, Microsoft
Mark Spoto, Razor’s Edge Ventures
Matt Talbot, GoSpotCheck
Matt Thompson, TroopSwap
Michael Kelley, Arc Angel Fund
Michael Mayernick, Spinnakr
Nathan Day, SoftLayer
Nick Wichert, VETransfer
Nola N. Miyasaki, Oklahoma State University
Patrick Riley, Global Accelerator Network
Paul Berberian, Orbotix
Paul Ford, SoftLayer
Paul Laurence, Cooley
Phillip Dyer, Broughton Advisory Group
Porter Montgomery, Category One
Rami Essaid, Distil
Ray Jefferson, Leadership Consultant
Richard Moxley, Razor’s Edge Ventures
Rob Painter, Razor’s Edge Ventures
Sean Stone, Silicon Valley Bank
Shai Goldman, Silicon Valley Bank
Shaun Johnson, Boston Startup School
Smith Wood, Seneca Corporation
Timothy Ericson, Zagster
Tony Huynh, TroopSwap
Tuan Pham, Silicon Valley Bank
Vivek Malhotra, VMD Systems
Will Kern, TroopSwap

Who can participate?
Veterans, spouses of Veterans, or teams / companies comprised of 50% or more Veterans.

How many participants will be selected?
The Patriot Boot Camp will select 75 qualified applicants to participate.

How will candidates be selected?
To ensure the most productive match between the TechStars mentors and Patriot Boot Camp participants, candidate selection will focus on technology oriented companies and teams. Typically, these are high technology or software companies and concepts that have national or worldwide reach. Individuals that demonstrate a keen interest in technology startups and entrepreneurial education will be considered and were encouraged to apply.

How do I apply?
The application period for Patriot Boot Camp is now closed.

What will the program provide?

  • Three days of productive work, education led by industry luminaries, and a good time
  • Space for working and meeting and wireless internet
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Educational materials donated by Eric Ries
  • Educational materials donated by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf

Where will participants stay during the program?
Once accepted, program participants will receive detailed information on accommodation options and suggestions.  Participants will be financially responsible for their own accommodations.


Why is TechStars doing this?
TechStars and the Patriot Boot Camp sponsors have two motivations for developing and supporting the program:

  1. Patriotic Support: Veterans and Service Members provide an important service to the United States and world. These patriots have leadership, technology, and creative skills that should be further utilized. Veterans and Service Members are deserving of the tools and opportunities necessary to build great companies. We think we can help.
  2. Entrepreneurial Opportunity: The Patriot Boot Camp is an opportunity for TechStars to interact with promising new companies and founders.

Is TechStars profiting from this Patriot Boot Camp?
No. TechStars is not generating revenue or earning any profit from this event. We are investing our own time, energy and money alongside the sponsors. All funds and in-kind donations provided by sponsors for the Patriot Boot Camp directly support Veterans’ participation in the program, program events and program operations.

How much does the Patriot Boot Camp cost?
Nothing. Participants will be financially responsible for their own accommodations, travel expenses to Georgetown, and any personal expenses (including breakfast and dinner).

What if I don’t have a business already, can I still apply?
Yes. Any qualified applicant can and should apply. The most important element is that the applicant demonstrates an interest in pursuing an entrepreneurial path.

Do I have to come to DC to participate?
Yes. All participants will need to commit to be on location for the entire program, July 18 – 20.

Upon completion of the Patriot Boot Camp, will I be automatically accepted into the TechStars program?
No. Participating in the Patriot Boot Camp does not guarantee acceptance into TechStars, but participation in the Patriot Boot Camp will help any applicant to improve their application for TechStars or any other accelerator or investor.

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Agenda

Schedule subject to change

July 18 – 20
McDonough School of Business / Rafik B. Hariri Building
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Wednesday, July 18: Day 1 – “Find your direction”
Participant Goal for the day: Establish your business idea, reflect on how to build and accelerate your business idea, meet the other

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration

Lohrfink Auditorium

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast Available

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Introduction to TechStars Patriot Boot Camp – David Cohen, TechStars

Lohrfink Auditorium

Welcome to Georgetown University – Jeff Reid, Georgetown University
Keynote Speaker: General George Casey


9:30 AM – Noon Veteran Entrepreneurs Education presented by Kauffman FastTrac

Lohrfink Auditorium

Lean Startup – Zach Nies, Rally Software

The Veteran Entrepreneur: Transitioning Military Skills to Business Success – Michele Markey, Kauffman FastTrac

Fundraising & Startup Finance – Shai Goldman & Sean Stone, Silicon Valley Bank

How To Find Co-Founders – Chip Werner, Co-Founders Lab

Noon Lunch

Faculty Club

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Aneesh Chopra, Senior Advisor, The Advisory Board

Lohrfink Auditorium Company & Former US Chief Technology Officer

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM How To Rock The Elevator Pitch – Nicole Glaros, TechStars

Lohrfink Auditorium

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Practice Time & Elevator Pitches

Classrooms 230 & 150

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Paul Bucha, Medal of Honor Recipient

Lohrfink Auditorium

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Georgetown, McDonough School of Business Networking Event

7:00 PM Dinner

Georgetown Conference Center


Thursday, July 19: Day 2 – “Dig Deep”

Participant Goal for the day: Refine your business idea individually, with mentor input, and with peer input. Start to prepare for Digital Demo Day.

9:00 AM – Noon Morning Mentoring Session

Fisher Colloquium & Classrooms 230, 250 & 150


Noon – 12:30 Keynote Speaker: Jonah Czerwinski, Senior Advisor to VA Secretary

12:30 Lunch

Fisher Colloquium

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM Afternoon Mentoring Session

Fisher Colloquium & Classrooms 230, 250 & 150

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM The Art Of The Pitch – David Cohen, TechStars

Fisher Colloquium

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Offsite Visit: LivingSocial

Dinner will be served at LivingSocial


Friday, July 20: Day 3 – “Tell Your Story”
Participant Goal for the day: Pitch your business idea at Demo Day and develop a plan to achieve your business goals.

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast Available

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Welcome to Demo Day – David Cohen, TechStars

Lohrfink Auditorium Session 1: Demo Day

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer

Lohrfink Auditorium

11:00 AM – Noon Session 2: Demo Day

Lohrfink Auditorium

Noon Lunch

Fisher Colloquium

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Speaker: VA Assistant Secretary Dr. Raul Perea-Henze

Lohrfink Auditorium

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Session 3: Demo Day

Lohrfink Auditorium

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Keynote Speaker: VA Deputy Secretary Scott Gould

Lohrfink Auditorium

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM End Of Program Celebration at F. Scott’s

1226 36th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007

Where do I apply?
Applications are closed.

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