Service Members and Veterans Gain Training, Mentorship to Launch Technology Companies

July 17, 2012
Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and TechStars to Host Three-Day Event, July 18-20
The Entrepreneurship Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host the TechStars Patriot Boot Camp, an intense, three-day program that educates and mentors service members and veterans to innovate, build technology companies, and create jobs. Participants will learn how to launch a company, find co-founders, and advance as entrepreneurs. It is part of the TechStars RisingStars program.
Participants applied and were accepted into the free program, which targets veterans who work at technology oriented companies and teams or individuals interested in technology startups and entrepreneurial education.
July 18-20, 2012
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
37th & O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C.
Keynote speakers throughout the week and Friday’s Demo Day are open to the media.
Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Teresa Mannix, director of media relations, at (202) 687-4080 or
The program is reserved for participants on July 18 and 19, and is open to the public on July 20. Tickets on July 20 are free, but space is limited. To RSVP, visit
Wednesday, July 18 (Closed to the Public)
8:15 a.m.         Introduction and Welcome, followed by keynote speaker General George Casey
1 p.m.              Speaker: Aneesh Chopra, Senior Advisor, The Advisory Board Company and Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
4 p.m.              Speaker: Paul Bucha, Medal of Honor Recipient
Thursday, July 19 (Closed to the Public)
12 p.m.            Speaker: Jonah Czerwinski, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs
Friday, July 20 (Open to the Public)
8 a.m.              Demo Day Session 1, where participants pitch their businesses
10 a.m.            Speaker: Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
11 a.m.            Demo Day Session 2
1 p.m.              Speaker: Dr. Raul Perea-Henze, Assistant Secretary, Veterans Affairs
2 p.m.              Demo Day Session 3
4 p.m.              Speaker: Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary, Veterans Affairs
About the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative inspires Georgetown University students to be entrepreneurial, teaches them the entrepreneurial lessons learned by others before them, connects them to useful resources, and helps them pursue their own unique entrepreneurial interests.  The initiative manages an array of courses and extracurricular programs to serve the Georgetown University entrepreneurial community, both within and outside of the McDonough School of Business, and fosters strong connections to the vibrant Washington, D.C., entrepreneurial community and the Georgetown Alumni Association. Signature programs include the Hoya Challenge Business Pitch Competition, the StartupHoyas Incubator, the MSB Entrepreneurial Fellowship, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Faculty Exchange, Entrepreneurs in Residence, and events such as Georgetown Entrepreneurship Day, the Venture Capital Investment Competition, and Global Entrepreneurship Week.  @hoyaprenuer #StartupHoyas
About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit