How did this veteran go from the Marine Corps to running a startup accelerator for veteran owned companies?
Michael Betancourt is a USMC veteran who is now the Regional Director, San Diego, of Vet-Tech, a startup accelerator for veteran entrepreneurs. Vet-Tech finds, develops, and funds veteran owned companies through its accelerator and training programs. In this interview we talk about the GI Bill, exploring different interests while at school, and how he got involved with social startups.
Insights From The Interview
- How Matt conquered self doubt to go back to school after the Marine Corps.
- Why veterans have an advantage when going to school after serving.
- Why Matt recommends going to a full time program to maximize your GI Bill benefits.
- File your paper work 6 months ahead via VONAPP (link under Resources)
- Steer clear of some of for-profit educational institutions.
- Don’t sell yourself short when applying to schools.
- A great way to network — why you should get involved while you’re at school.
- What veterans are bad at when they first transition.
- Why it’s OK to try things you’re not sure about.
How getting involved with your passions can lead to your dream job.
What Vet-Tech can provide for your startup idea.
- VONAPP: Veterans On-line Application that enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits, including education benefits.
- Vet-Tech.us: Got a startup idea? Apply as a vetrepreneur, investor, or donor! Get help with development and funding.
- The Mission Continues: Helping veterans serve their communities.
- The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses, by Eric Ries
- Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City, by Brad Feld.
- See if your school has a Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter.
- Reach out to Mike via e-mail, or phone, 9I7-5OI-2963.