Every entrepreneur – veteran or otherwise – dreams of someday cashing-in via an IPO, or an acquisition by a larger company. For one veteran-founded tech company, RideScout, that dream recently came true, and members of their team will be sharing their experience with scores of fellow “vetrepreneurs” next month in Washington, DC.
Craig Cummings and his co-founder Joseph Kopser, both Army veterans, recently announced that their tech startup has been acquired by Daimler AG for an undisclosed sum. Their story is sure to be both motivational and educational for their audience of former military personnel now running their own businesses.
“I could not be more pleased that Craig has found time in his schedule to join us,” said Michael Beirne, founder of Mission: Entrepreneur which is organizing the Semper Startup event. “Role-modeling is a powerful strategy for every entrepreneur. What better role could you model after than a former soldier who co-founded, built and sold his tech startup?”
“Veterans are uniquely positioned to become successful entrepreneurs – they have extensive leadership training and are accustomed to pivoting quickly,” said Cummings. “Creating a supportive community is a critical part of success and I’m proud to participate in Semper Startup, a fantastic educational event for veteran entrepreneurs.”
Semper Startup is an educational and networking event created by Mission: Entrepreneur to inspire, encourage, and support veteran entrepreneurs across the country. While related events will take place all week, the focal point will occur from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 on the campus of George Washington University where TED-style talks will be presented by thought leaders including Cummings, Scott Duffy, Kim Walsh-Phillips and Kaihan Krippendorf, and a Shark Tank-type competition will take place among teams from veteran-founded firms.
For more information: http://www.SemperStartup.org
To buy tickets to Semper Startup: http://bit.ly/SemperStartup
RideScout is a technology platform that aggregates public, private and social rideshare on its free iOS and Android apps, allowing people to search and compare ground transportation options on demand and in real time. RideScout shows users transit, taxi, ride share, car share, bike share, carpool, walking, biking, driving and parking in one view, with real-time transit arrivals and traffic integration. The company is based in Austin, Texas with satellite offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco and Chicago. Please visit www.ridescoutapp.com for more information.
About Mission: Entrepreneur
Mission Entrepreneur is an organization built to turn warrior leaders into business owners, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. Our object is to inspire, encourage and support veterans in their entrepreneurial pursuits.
- Inspire: Getting Vets to realize that Entrepreneurship is something attractive to them.
- Encourage: Through contact with mentors, team building, educational resources, accelerators, etc.
- Support: Providing the Network and community to support their journey.