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StreetShares Foundation The Veteran Small Business Award

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Follow these steps to qualify and apply for the Veteran Small Business Award:

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Create a pitch video and fill out your application.

Your application will be judged on the following:
  1. Social impact on the military community
  2. Personal story and business idea/potential
  3. What customer need are you filling (product/market fit)
  4. Your team and company history
  5. How you plan to use the award and the potential impact


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The Great American Military Entrepreneur Challenge Grant Program

The StreetShares Foundation is committed to creating more opportunities for military veteran and military spouses entrepreneurs. Our grant program allows us to boost veteran small businesses in a big way by providing opportunities for access to capital. 
  • • Qualified applicants will submit an application for the Great American Military Entrepreneur Challenge by filming a simple pitch video and filling out the form on the application page.

  • The StreetShares Foundation will choose 16 military veteran entrepreneur finalists and 16 military spouse entrepreneur finalists for a total of 32 finalists

    • Finalists are featured on the Foundation website for public vote

  • • Finalists MUST attend the Military Influencers Conference, September 7-9, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Military Influencers Conference will gift each finalist a standard entry ticket (this ticket does not cover the cost of travel and lodging).

  • • The public will vote to determine which entrepreneurs move to the next round of the Great American Military Entreprenuer Challenge. The finalists will compete over the duration of the conference to determine which four military community entrepreneurs will participate in the final pitch competition. 




1st place: $15,000

2nd place: $5,000

3rd place: $2,500

4th place: $2,500



  • • Applicant must be a veteran, reserve or transitioning active duty member of any of the United States Armed Forces, a spouse of a military member or the child or immediately family member of a Military Member who died on active duty (i.e., a "Gold Star" family member)

  • • Applicant must be a U.S. person and at least 21 years old

  • • Applicants must own at least 51% of the business entity described in the application. Business entities, as defined in these rules, include sole proprietorships, legally incorporated LLCs, S-Corps or C-Corps (or formal partnerships) created under the laws of any U.S. jurisdiction. If the Entrant is applying in conjunction with a nonprofit organization, the Entrant must be the organization's senior executive director or equivalent in order to be eligible for the grant.

  • • The grant funding awarded is approved for veterans and military spouses who are low-income or otherwise lack financial means and have a goal to start or grow an early-stage business or nonprofit venture.

  • • The non-profit or business entity will also be evaluated on its positive social, community, educational, military-transition, veterans’ employment, health & wellness, or veterans’ mental health/spiritual impact on the American military and veterans community in addition to or in conjunction with the business or nonprofit functions.

  • • Entrants will create a short video of 2 minutes or less in duration in which the entrant will introduce their business and/or product and pitch the StreetShares Foundation as to why they should be selected for the award by discussing the vision of their firm, goals and the impact and/or anticipated use of the prize if chosen as the grant recipient.



The deadline for the Great American Military Entrepreneur Challenge is August 11 at midnight EDT. The Foundation will select the 16 military veteran entrepreneur finalists and 16 military spouse entrepreneur finalists. These finalists will be presented on the Foundation website for a public vote. The public will determine which entrepreneurs will compete in a bracket style pitch competition over the several days of the Military Influencers Conference.




The most important impact the Award had on me was directly due to the feeling that someone actually believed in me and my ability to grow my company in to something that will create jobs and opportunities for veterans, military spouses and moms in general. Something changed in me that day, I finally had a little capital to hire a franchise consultant and one year later I was able to sell my first franchise!
Angela Cody, USAF Veteran and Owner of Major Mom
Former Grant Winner









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