Berkeley College Teams Up with PBC to Support Growth of Military Entrepreneurs

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Military entrepreneurs looking to build a business can turn to Berkeley College for support as the presenting sponsor of the Patriot Boot Camp Virtual Fall 2021 program aimed at providing business education and mentorship to military veterans, service members and military spouses, including those located overseas. 

The two-day program, which takes place on Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, 2021, will educate 50 military veterans, service members or their spouses on how to launch, innovate and scale their ideation-stage technology-focused businesses. Topics related to funding, marketing, mission transition and pitching will be explored, in addition to networking opportunities. 

Participants will have access to world-class speakers, mentorship and a community of experts dedicated to assisting members of the military, veterans and military spouses at no cost. Applications are required. The ideal candidate profile for Patriot Boot Camp is a military-affiliated technology-based founder of a startup, as well as those in the ideation and very early-stages of launching a tech-focused business. Military-aligned entrepreneurs located in the United States and overseas are also strongly encouraged to apply. The application is available from August 5 through August 31, 2021. 

“Berkeley College has a longstanding commitment to the welfare and success of military students, veterans, and their families,” said Diane Recinos, EdD, Berkeley College Senior Vice President, Student Success. “We are excited to partner with Patriot Boot Camp to ensure their future success in entrepreneurial ventures.”  

“For the first time in our nine-year history, Patriot Boot Camp will also be recruiting from OCONUS (overseas) service-members, military spouses, and veteran entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a business or currently have a new startup. We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to those currently serving overseas who normally would not be able to travel to an in-person boot camp,” said Jennifer Pilcher, CEO, Patriot Boot Camp, and a 2013 alumna of the PBC organization. 

Click here for a link to the application and more information on Patriot Boot Camp’s 2021 virtual fall program. 

About Patriot Boot Camp

Since 2012, Patriot Boot Camp has been on a mission to assemble and activate an inclusive community that advances military members, veterans and military spouses in their mission to become creators, innovators and entrepreneurs leading the new economy. Twice per year, a cohort of 50 technology entrepreneurs are selected to attend the intensive multi-day boot camp, modeled after the Techstars Accelerator program. Patriot Boot Camp has hosted 22 programs virtually and in 12 U.S. cities, supporting more than 950 military, military spouses and veteran entrepreneur alumni worldwide, more than two-thirds of whom are veterans with a service-connected disability.

About Berkeley College

Berkeley College, founded in 1931, is a career-focused institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that offers students Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs in more than 20 career fields. The College also offers continuing education programs to enhance career credentials.

Berkeley College has campuses in Midtown Manhattan, NY, and in Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park, NJ, with more than 4,900 students enrolled. In addition, Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, for eight consecutive years. The website address is

The mission of Berkeley College is to empower students to achieve lifelong success in dynamic careers.

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Patriot Boot Camp, A Google For Startups Partner, Joins Forces With Bonsai To Help The Military Community Connect With Top Entrepreneurs And Executives


Patriot Boot Camp - a nonprofit that helps thousands of military members, veterans, and spouses start and scale their businesses - has partnered with Bonsai - a platform for career advice powered by 1:1 video meetings. 

Jen Pilcher, CEO of Patriot Boot Camp, herself, is an alumnus of the program’s class of 2013, and has searched for years for a new way to unlock career coaching at scale. "Human-to-human connection has been the cornerstone of Patriot Boot Camp since its inception in 2012,” said Jen."We have been on the search for a solution to provide our community members with year-round career and business advice from industry experts, and we finally found it with Bonsai." 

The Bonsai platform was introduced to Patriot Boot Camp through its partnership with Google for Startups, a team within Google that recently sponsored PBC’s two-day entrepreneurship boot camp."We're proud to have played a connecting role between our partner and Bonsai," said Nicole Froker, Partnerships Manager with Google for Startups."At Google, we know that cultivating a strong network of trusted advisors and industry professionals is crucial to a startup's success, so we are thrilled to see this partnership come to life." 

Bonsai was started by CEO, Patrick Sullivan - the founder RightsFlow (acquired by Google in 2011) and Source3 (acquired by Facebook in 2017) - and COO, Jake Rosenfeld. The platform matches “learners” building careers and new companies with “coaches” who are industry experts, executives, and entrepreneurs over 1:1 video meetings rooted in career and business advice. 

To make Bonsai as accessible as possible, learners are invited to “pay what they wish” in exchange for personal meetings with coaches such as Founder of The Orchard, Richard Gottehrer, former Facebook executive, Ellen Silver, and Founder of Google Drive, Jonathan Rochelle. 

"When it comes to successfully building a career or new venture, it’s not just about what you know, but who you know. Bonsai bridges the gap and connects those in need with leaders across business and entrepreneurship," said Rosenfeld. “We hope this partnership will motivate members of the military community to find ways, even in today’s virtual world, to network and grow professionally.

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Patriot Boot Camp RISE 2021 presented by MetLife


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. 

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MX Signs Four-year Sponsorship of Patriot Boot Camp, Helping Veteran Communities Build Businesses

MX, the leading data platform for banks, credit unions and fintechs, has signed a four-year sponsorship of Patriot Boot Camp. MX will also be hosting the next bootcamp August 23-25 at MX headquarters in Lehi, Utah – helping transitioning members of the military, veterans and military spouses pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

"Coming from a military family as well as having attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, I have seen firsthand the incredible entrepreneurial potential of these brave men and women who serve our country," said Ryan Caldwell, founder and CEO of MX. "We are very proud to be a four-year sponsor of Patriot Boot Camp and look forward to hosting these talented people at MX headquarters. We want to do all we can to help contribute to their entrepreneurial success."

"We've worked hard to be the only non-profit in the U.S. offering intensive entrepreneur boot camps – through both in-person training and year-round virtual mentoring – to veteran, service members and military spouses," said Jen Pilcher, CEO of Patriot Boot Camp. "It's an honor to have the continued support of the MX team as well as their beautiful facilities in Utah for our August event."

For years MX has been involved with Patriot Boot Camp through its relationship with USAA, whose subsidiary is an investor in the company since 2015, leading up to MX hosting and sponsoring the 2019 event presented by Techstars and sponsored by USAA, the Jared Polis Foundation, Google for Startups, and the MetLife Foundation. Over the three days in August at MX's offices, current military and military spouse entrepreneurs will meet with more than 20 speakers and 50 mentors, all of whom have volunteered their time to provide one-on-one mentoring sessions.

Patriot Boot Camp by the numbers:

  • Jobs created: 1,600+
  • Hours of mentorship: 2,500+
  • Alumni entrepreneurs: 850+
  • Entrepreneurs attending PBC Utah: Coming from 23 states, one from Austria
  • Capital raised by alumni: $100 million
  • Diversity: 50% service-connected, disabled veteran-owned business
  • Female founders: 23%
  • Successful company exits by alumni: 8

About MX

MX is the leading data platform for banks, credit unions and fintechs, enabling its clients and partners to easily collect, enhance, analyze, present and act on financial data. Using MX's platform and products, MX clients are able to understand their customers in real time like never before, allowing them to be truly customer centric, empowering them to grow faster and deliver an exceptional customer experience all while reducing costs. Founded in 2010, MX is one of the fastest-growing fintech providers, partnering with more than 2,000 financial institutions and 43 of the top 50 digital banking providers. For more information, visit

About Patriot Boot Camp 

Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a non-profit founded in 2012 to provide active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses with access to mentors, educational programming, and a robust community of experts and peers to help them innovate and build impactful businesses. PBC assembles and activates an inclusive community that advances veterans and military spouses in their mission to become creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs leading the new economy.

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