Given his previous experience and training, you’d think Tim Lawton already had what it took to start his own company. He led hundreds of Army Rangers in Iraq and Afghanistan, earned an MBA from MIT, and worked as a banker at Barclays and UBS. But he’s glad he prepared even more. Lawton went through a ten-week boot camp for startup candidates, the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. “While those experiences are great and they’ve certainly helped me in my journey, there is nothing else like the experience of starting a company from scratch,” Lawton told The Bridge. “There are so many unknowns and hidden obstacles.”
Lawton spoke of his entrepreneurial journey this week at the ribbon-cutting for the Veterans Future Lab, a technology start-up hub to provide mentoring and support for U.S. military vets in the early stages of launching their own companies. Supported by the Empire State Development Corp.