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Patriot Boot Camp

by Dan Clare on VA News


The DAV Patriot Boot Camp Spring ‘23 event for entrepreneurs in the military and Veteran community will be held at MX headquarters in the Silicon Slopes of Lehi, Utah, from May 18-20. Applications to participate are open now through March 20.

Up to 50 new participants will receive invaluable insight and one-on-one guidance from mentors and business leaders. Each day will also include presentations by world-class experts covering an array of topics, including common legal startup mistakes, marketing and sales, and pitching. At the end of the program, select participants will be invited to participate in a pitch contest with thousands of dollars in no-obligation funding up for grabs.

“DAV Patriot Boot Camp is so much more than just a few days of programming and expert advice,” said Chief Communications and Outreach Officer Dan Clare. “The true magic is in the community of Veterans and military spouses, all of whom are driven to serve through innovative solutions and to support their fellow Vetrepreneurs in doing the same.”

That includes Veterans like DAV Patriot Boot Camp alumnus Dr. Simon Karmarkar, who was one of three Veterans selected for the most recent pitch contest, known as DAV Shark Tank. Karmarkar, an Army Veteran, is the founder and CEO of, a smartphone mobile e-filing tax return app. His company also offers MasRefund, an app designed specifically for the Spanish-speaking community. According to Karmarkar, there are fewer than 10,000 trained and regulated Spanish-speaking tax preparers supporting 63 million Hispanic and Latino people in the United States.




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