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GWSB Hosts “TechStars” Boot Camp

Participants in a "techstars" boot camp at GWSB learned the ins and outs of starting tech companies.

Participants in a “TechStars” boot camp at GWSB learned the ins and outs of starting tech companies.

How to start a tech company?  Last week, GWSB hosted a “boot camp” designed to help answer that question for military service members and veterans.

“TechStars 2013 Patriot Boot Camp” was an intense three-day program aimed at educating and mentoring veterans and service members on the creation of technology start-ups.

The program was put on by “TechStars Rising Stars,” a entrepreneurial mentoring program that seeks to extend technology company startup opportunities to demographic groups that are currently underrepresented.

It included presentations by technology industry GWSB alumni, leaders and entrepreneurs. One-on-one mentoring took place in concert with lessons on how to build a tech startup and related issues such as accessing resources in the startup community.

Speakers included U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park from the White House; U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-Va.); and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-Va.), spoke at the "techstars" program at GWSB.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-Va.), spoke at the “TechStars” program at GWSB.

Other presentations were given by Gen. George Casey, Jr., USA (ret.); Vice Admiral Mel Williams, USN (ret.), GW’s senior associate dean for military and veterans initiatives; and Steve Blank, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and academician who enlisted and served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

 

Posted by gwsb on July 23, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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