Combat2Career Selected for TechStars “Rising Stars” Program
Meeting the right people and getting good advice can make the difference between success and failure for a startup. Finding those connections can be difficult for any venture, but is especially hard for female and minority entrepreneurs. But a new focus is being placed on helping entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups succeed in starting companies by big players like Andreesen Horowitz, Google, and TechStars.
One Connecticut-based, veteran and woman-owned venture has found a way to level the playing field.
Earlier this summer, Charlotte Creech, CEO and Founder of Combat2Career attended TechStars “Patriot Boot Camp.” The experience is an intense, “three-day program that educates and mentors Veterans and Service Members, inspiring them to innovate, build technology companies, and create jobs. Participation in the Patriot Boot Camp is motivation for Veterans and Service Members to kickstart a company, find co-founders, and advance as entrepreneurs.” (TechStars)
Charlotte and her team experienced first-hand the power of being involved in a TechStars program. And in the months that followed, Combat2Career was accepted to TechStars “Rising Stars” program. The initiative ”extends technology company startup opportunities to demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in the technology startup community.” The program pairs a TechStars alum with a promising young entrepreneur to develop their idea into a viable venture so that they can compete with the thousands of companies that apply to the formal TechStars program. As TechStars puts it: “We’re very selective – although thousands of companies apply each year, we only invest our money and time in about ten companies per program location. We have selection rates lower than the Ivy League, so you have to be among the best of the best to earn investment from TechStars.”
“Combat2Career is honored to have been accepted into this program” Charlotte explained. ”I know that the mentorship will be instrumental in helping us to grow our business and expand our network and visibility on a nationwide scale.” She added, “Learning from other successful tech entrepreneurs who can help guide our vision will give us a huge advantage as we prepare for our beta launch.”
“We founded Combat2Career on the notion that companies can be self-sustaining and have a social mission. We believe our hybrid business model sets us apart from other companies and positions us for success. We thank TechStars for recognizing and supporting the role that social enterprises like ours play in shaping the future of our economy and communities.”
Stay tuned to learn updates about Charlotte and Combat2Career as they become available.