Veteran Founder Initiative
 

VETERAN Founder Initiative

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We need to better leverage the talent, vision, and leadership of military veteran entrepreneurs to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.
— Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute

Our mission is to unite the Veteran Entrepreneur Ecosystem to help build 100 Veteran led technology companies each year. 

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about the veteran founder initiative

We believe Veterans are the next "greatest generation" of world and business leaders. The Veteran Founder Initiative was formed to create more economic opportunities for Veteran and military spouse startup founders through the Founder Institute and a coalition of national partners. 

How will we accomplish this goal in 2018?

  1. Partner with the leading veteran startup organizations to offer local, branded "Veteran Fellowships", which is a scholarship that allows veterans and military spouses to attend the FI program for free across every FI Chapter in 150 cities around the world.

  2. Increase the number of veteran mentors and directors in the Founder Institute by improving our recruitment tactics.

  3. Partner with and support veteran entrepreneurship-focused events around the world to educate more veterans and military spouses about startups and innovation.

  4. Increase the success of veteran and military spouse founders in our program by creating a pipeline of support resources through our Partners.

  5. Create funding opportunities for Veteran startup companies leveraging our global network.

 
 

Featured Veteran Partners

 

join the mission

If you are interested in joining the Founder Institute Network or becoming more involved in the Veteran Founder Initiative as a mentor, director or event speaker, please send us any email below. 

 
 
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Featured veteran entrepreneurs

 

Liza Rodewald

CEO & Founder of MadSkills

Harmony Oswald

Founder and CEO, LegaLucy, Inc.

Mike Woodrum

CEO Anjin Secure Car

Anthony Navarro

Aspiring Mars Astronaut

Jason Pessemier

Co-Founder at LessonTrek • Navy Veteran

Justin Clark

COO and Co-Founder at Anjin Secure Car

eli borton

Cofounder at onTarget

Andrew Parker

Co-Founder at Jayu Rewards

Nathan M. Toothman

CEO & Co-Founder Elevate Structure

Carlos Romero

Founder of vetpreneur

Erica McMannes

Co-Founder at Madskills

Robert Slater

COO at 10XTS

 
 
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FEATURED vETERAN mentorS

 
 

RYAN MICHELETTI

Greg Call

Christopher J. Gosselin

Phil Dillard

Gregory Coleman

Rick L. Yost

Glenn Dawson

Amanda K. Lettmann

Christine Herron

Bow Rodgers

Larsen Jensen

Justine Evirs

Jason Crain

Reynaldo Gil

RONALD Steptoe

Lesa Hammond, PhD

Rachel Sheppard

Josh Carter

 
 
 

get involved

If you are interested in joining the Founder Institute Network or becoming more involved in the Veteran Founder Initiative as a mentor, director or event speaker, please send us any email below.