Heropreneurs teams up with Google to launch UK military into tech network


An Armed Forces charity has teamed up with Google in what is the launch of a military into technology business programme – the first time the combination has been tried in the UK.

To begin the programme Heropreneurs a registered charity which guides and supports ex Armed Forces personnel and military spouses into starting their business has combined forces with Google to offer a workshop for ex-military looking to launch a to begin a tech startup.

Richard Morris, the founder and managing director of Heropreneurs said:

‘The technology industry is an ideal one for ex military entrepreneurs to launch a business so we’re developing a technology specific network for them those already in business and want to know how to engage their clients and develop new business or are keen to learn coding for example.

‘The larger mission for us is to bring together people within the tech industry and start building relationships. The current generation has had more exposure to technology than any other.

‘Those leaving the forces now have leadership and problem solving skills and discipline but they also have a great understanding of social media, mobile technologies and more. We need to help address skills gaps and inspire people to follow an entrepreneurial path and create their own start-up.

‘I’m very pleased that Google have come on board and are keen to pass on their vast knowledge so we can develop a knowledge base with ex-mil entrepreneurs around the world sharing their business journeys, and developing the links between them and British Armed Forces entrepreneurs.

‘This connection is especially important for us as we roll out our business toolkit (structured mentoring, practical expert business advice, workshops, entrepreneurial panels) in various parts of the country in time for the thousands who have been made redundant or face redundancy.’

Mr Morris added that the Google workshop and the beginning of the Military into Technology (MinT) programme will be at Google Campus on March 5th and will run from 1400 to 1800. The itinerary for the workshop will include:

  • Case studies of ex-mil who have bootstrapped their startup
  • Apps and App engine
  • Adwords
  • Analytics
  • Android OS

The bookings page for the Google workshop can be found here.



For further information contact: Richard Morris richard@heropreneurs.co.uk


Notes for editors

Heropreneurs was founded by Richard Morris in 2010 and  is a registered charity which helps servicemen; women and military spouses start businesses when they leave the Armed Forces through a variety of ways including structured mentoring, essential skills workshops, entrepreneurial talks, expert legal and accountancy advice and the Heropreneurs community network.

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