Patriot Boot Camp Seeks Veteran, Active Duty and Military Spouse Entrepreneurs
BOULDER, COLORADO, June 17, 2019 – Patriot Boot Camp (PBC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit technology startup program exclusively aimed at active duty service members, veterans, and military spouse entrepreneurs, announced it will be hosting PBC RISE October 10-12, 2019, at the MetLife Global Technology & Operations campus in Cary, NC. PBC RISE is a new program specifically designed for Patriot Boot Camp alumni who have completed an initial Patriot Boot Camp 3-Day Program. MetLife Foundation contributed a $50,000 grant to support the program, that equips, inspires and empowers the veteran and military spouse entrepreneur community to accelerate their businesses and be successful in life.
“MetLife is proud to support and host the Patriot Boot Camp program,” said John McCallion, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “MetLife has a long-standing commitment to support veterans that dates back to the civil war. We show that same commitment today by hiring and training veterans across our businesses, working with a number of organizations in the caring of injured veterans and by bringing together experts to better arm our veterans as they compete in a transforming business environment.”
Entrepreneurs, investors, venture capital firms and business leaders from around the globe will converge upon the Research Triangle Park region for the event. This will be PBC’s second time to the area. Patriot Boot Camp has helped over 800 entrepreneurs start successful businesses, with their alumni raising over $70M in capital and creating over 1,300 jobs during its seven years of operation.
In an effort to engage a broader segment of entrepreneurs and mentors, the program will take place in conjunction with the Demo Day event of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars, happening on October 10, 2019. Last year’s Demo Day was attended by hundreds of global leaders, venture capitalists and regional community leaders. Many of the veteran and military spouse-led companies invited to PBC RISE will be seed stage and more mature start-ups, that are examining emerging capabilities and transformative technologies like data analytics, artificial intelligence, and operational automation.
“We are beyond grateful to have the opportunity to bring Patriot Boot Camp back to the Triangle Area,” said Jen Pilcher, CEO of Patriot Boot Camp. “Through our partnership with MetLife’s Demo Day, we’ll reach an even wider audience of entrepreneurial military veterans and spouses to help bring their ideas to life and integrate them into MetLife’s robust Innovation Ecosystem.”
Volunteers from the MetLife Military Veterans Network (MVET), a MetLife Diversity Business Resource Network, are prepping to support PBC RISE with MetLife global leaders and associates serving as mentors, presenters, panelists and event support. “Helping people navigate life is core to MetLife’s business, and our volunteer work with veterans is no exception,” said Maryann Prudente, VP Digital Delivery at MetLife and executive sponsor of the North Carolina MVET chapter. “The partnership with PBC is another great opportunity to support those who have served our country.”
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. For more information visit, www.patriotbootcamp.org.
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("MetLife"), is one of the world's leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2017, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $783 million in grants and $70 million in program-related investments to organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. In 2013, the Foundation committed $200 million to financial inclusion, and our work to date has reached more than 3.5 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.com.