Startup Weekend + Google + Veterans = Awesome
Last month, Startup Weekend, Syracuse University, and Google teamed up to put on a veteran themed Startup Weekend that cranked up entrepreneurial fever in sunny San Diego.
In addition to all they do for their country overseas, service members are also a markedly entrepreneurial group: although veterans represent only 6% of the U.S. population, they account for an impressive 13.5% of all U.S. small business owners. This entrepreneurial spirit is contributing to business growth around the country, and last week we decided to head down to San Diego to see how Google for Entrepreneurs and Startup Weekend could help.
On August 9th, Google hosted its second Google for Entrepreneurs Day with the goal of giving veterans and military families the skills they need to take advantage of the web to build or start a business. Over 200 service members gathered from across California for this one day event featuring topics from Maps, Google+, Youtube, and tools for Veterans. The event was hosted in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Startup Weekend and Google for Veterans with two special guests Congressman Brian Billbray and Congressman Filner. Following the Thursday affair, Startup Weekend kicked off 54 hours of creating businesses with veterans and techies who together launched five startups Sunday night.