One of the things that I have noticed, though, is how few veterans I run into at these events - and that really confused me. According to the SBA, approximately 40% of returning veterans would prefer to start their own business or 'not work for anyone but themselves'. Veterans who start businesses are twice as likely to grow a successful business when compared to those who have never served.
So why do so few veterans participate in Startup Weekend? I have my theories, but they're not substantiated by any research and fact. Instead of focusing on why veterans don't attend, I thought I'd present my top five reasons why our local veterans SHOULD attend.
So Here Goes...
1. Startup Weekend is a Great Way to Test Entrepreneurship Waters
2. The Positive Environment Helps Transitioning Veterans Connect with Like-Minded Professionals
3. Companies Are Starting to Recognize that Startup Weekend is a Treasure Trove of Hidden Talent
4. Veterans Provide Skills and Valuable Lessons Learned Stemming from Military Service
5. Veterans in Attendance Help to Break the Stigma Surrounding PTSD
So There You Have It...
I'd love to hear feedback from anyone reading this. If anyone has any questions or comments, don't hesitate to reach out to me!