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Monday, February 22 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Veterans in Entrepreneurship 3x15 LIMITED

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This 4x10 session will include four people who are either veteran entrepreneurs or supporters of the community. The format for a 4x10 is that each person will speak for 10 minutes with 20 minutes of questions at the end.

Dave Drach
Techstars is one of the world's leading accelerators and has been a long time supporter of veterans and specifically, Patriot Boot Camp, which we just completed here in Phoenix.  As a mentor and speaker in Patriot Boot Camp and with experience in over 30 accelerator programs worldwide, I know how the discipline and skills of veterans translate into competencies for building a business.  I also have seen the challenges that the very same background can bring.  I'll talk about some of the success stories I have seen, how I have seen military skills translate directly into strengths in the entrepreneurial community and I'll discuss the resources available to veterans to get their business off the ground.

Norm Allgood
Great entrepreneurs know how to face the sting.  It is easy to take the accolades, but it is the resiliency that allows for success.  I have yet to meet a veteran that hasn’t had to face the “sting”!  They understand that plans change the minute you announce them and that they need to step up and course correct.  A veteran, like an entrepreneur is accustomed to sleepless nights and the worry that comes with taking care of your people and business, in that order.  As a veteran and an entrepreneur, I am humbled to be asked to share my thoughts and participate in Techstars; one of the world's leading accelerators and Patriot Boot Camp. 

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Norm Allgood

CEO, Synergis Education
I have dedicated nearly two decades of my career to expanding access to quality, affordable programs to underserved student populations. As CEO of Synergis Education, I focus on addressing the needs of 21st Century learners, establishing and growing a mission-driven company that embraces forward-thinking to help move the education space forward. After serving in the US Army as an active duty noncommissioned officer, I earned both my... Read More →
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Dave Drach

VP Partnerships, Techstars
Dave manages the corporate partnerships at Techstars with companies like Barclays, Disney, Chase, Microsoft, Google, Ford and METRO AG. He is passionate about helping startups prosper with the best corporations in the world. Dave joined Techstars from the corporate venture team at Microsoft and helped build a company called Great Plains Software that successfully exited to Microsoft.