RangerUp, is an online clothing and equipment store that describes itself in the following way: ‘We make shirts for the military and the patriotic Americans who love the men and women of the Armed Forces. The guys that own this company either were or are still in the military.
We’ve written about them previously and their unusual approach to marketing. What we haven’t covered quite as much is the company’s devotion to its roots. The company hires ex-military personnel and does its best to support any veterans in its extended family of customers. And right now they are looking for some help as they put their money where their mouth is. RangerUp has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring in veterans, train them, and help seed them as they launch their own small businesses.
“Engaging veterans in entrepreneurship is good for society," says Ranger Up Founder and CEO Nick Palmisciano. "Small business is the driving force behind our economy and veterans succeed at it more than anyone, because they come from a world where failure isn’t an option.”
Last year, RangerUp launched this campaign itself by seeding an initial single entrepreneur. Jon Walsh, a former Force Recon Marine and a Navy Cross recipient is now the proud owner of Five Rings MMA, a fast-growing mixed martial arts gym in the greater Camp Lejeune area. He was supported by the mentorship and investment capital of RangerUp.
For those interested in supporting this endeavor or just learning more, their indiegogo campaign can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/operation-ranger-up