Patriot Boot Camp Joins USAA to Host Second Austin Tech Accelerator Program

Patriot Boot Camp Now Accepting Applications, Seeking Military, Veteran, and Veteran-Spouse Entrepreneurs Across the U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas – November 28, 2018 – Patriot Boot Camp (PBC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit technology startup accelerator program exclusively aimed at active duty service members, military veterans and veteran spouse entrepreneurs, announced it will be working with USAA to host its next tech entrepreneurship program in Austin from February 8-10, 2019.

USAA, a financial services company who serves the military community, will host the event’s programming at their Design Studio in Austin. In addition to hosting, USAA will provide speakers and mentors to include Meriah Garrett, USAA’s chief design officer.

“USAA has always put military members and their families first,” said Meriah Garrett, USAA’s chief design officer. “With Patriot Boot Camp’s mission to help veterans and their spouses build and sustain successful technology businesses, the USAA Design Studio was the perfect venue for the program.”

USAA provides philanthropic investment to Patriot Boot Camp’s technology boot camps as part of its corporate responsibility commitment to fulfilling careers for veterans and military spouses. Patriot Boot Camp’s core program is an intensive three-day technology entrepreneurship boot camp which provides educational training and one-on-one mentoring to inspire and advance startup founders. During the program, participants will receive access to mentors, educational programming and a robust community of experts and peers to help them innovate and build impactful businesses.

Offered at no cost to the founders, the program is modeled after the three-month Techstars accelerator, which helps entrepreneurs build successful businesses from anywhere in the world. The upcoming program marks the 14th official three-day program from Patriot Boot Camp, and the second program to be hosted in Austin. Patriot Boot Camp is now accepting applications for the Austin program through Dec. 21, 2018.

“In working with USAA, we will be able to reach an even wider audience of entrepreneurial military vets and spouses to create even more vet-led technology companies,” said Josh Carter, Patriot Boot Camp’s interim CEO. “The Austin tech community is ripe for disruptive veteran-led startups, and we’re thrilled to be opening the door to many veterans who are in need of key relationships to bring their companies to the next level.”

Patriot Boot Camp has helped over 800 entrepreneurs start successful businesses, with alumni raising over $70M in capital and creating overt 1,300 jobs during its six years of operation. Patriot Boot Camp has also helped alumni companies with successful acquisitions, including GitLinks – a San Antonio alumni – acquired by Infor this past October, and MilitaryOneClick, acquired by The Secor Group in 2015.

All interested service members, veterans, and veteran spouse entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to the Austin program through Patriot Boot Camp’s webpage.

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.