Patriot Boot Camp RISE 2021 presented by MetLife

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PATRIOT BOOT CAMP ANNOUNCES PBC RISE PROGRAM FOR ALUMNI

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 May 5-6, 2021, virtually with the presenting sponsor, MetLife Foundation.  PBC RISE is a program specifically designed for Patriot Boot Camp alumni who have completed an initial Patriot Boot Camp 3-day program or virtual program.  MetLife Foundation contributed a 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 once again support and co-host the Patriot Boot Camp RISE program,” said William Tenney, senior vice president, Global Corporate Security, MetLife. “In line with our purpose, MetLife has a long history of helping veterans and their families so they have the benefits and care they need. As a veteran myself, I’m proud to continue this commitment and honor those who serve our country.”

Entrepreneurs, investors, venture capital firms, and business leaders from around the globe will converge for this virtual event. PBC has a longstanding relationship with MetLife Foundation and is grateful for its ongoing support. Patriot Boot Camp has helped over 1000 entrepreneurs start successful businesses, with their alumni raising over $150M in capital and creating over 1,900 jobs during its nine years of operation. 

Patriot Boot Camp is proud of all of the amazing companies accepted to PBC RISE.  These companies are leading the new economy through technology innovations.  Matt Butler, Founder of Rollers, Betsey Mercado, Co-founder of Objective Zero Foundation, and Ishmael Lebron, Founder of Zomio, are just a few of our alumni that are blazing a trail for veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.  Collectively, they have generated over $4.95 million. 


We are thankful to continue our partnership with MetLife. While we all wish we could gather in person this year, we are thrilled that our virtual capabilities allow us to continue connecting. 25 of PBC’s competitive alumni will interact with world-class speakers and mentors. The volunteer mentors will provide one-on-one sessions that will foster over 31 hours of mentorship” -  Jen Pilcher, CEO, Patriot Boot Camp.  

Volunteers from the MetLife Military Veterans Network (MVET), a MetLife Inclusion Network, are prepping to support PBC RISE with MetLife global leaders and associates serving as mentors and presenters. 

“I have many family and friends who are former or current members of first responder and military communities. Those individuals bring diverse perspectives and skills to our business communities. While I did not serve our country in the same capacity, events like Patriot Boot Camp allow me to share my expertise with those who have as they embark upon the next chapter of their careers,” said Lynn Digirolamo, assistant vice president of Global Procurement at MetLife and a presenter at the upcoming event. 

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.

About MetLife 

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 markets 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 

At MetLife Foundation, we are committed to expanding opportunities for low- and moderate-income people around the world. We partner with nonprofit organizations and social enterprises to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, while engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. From its founding through the end of 2020, MetLife Foundation provided more than $900 million in grants and $87 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. Our financial health work has reached more than 13.4 million low- and moderate-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit metlife.org.