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The Great American Military Entrepreneur Challenge

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SELECTION PROCESS

Qualified applicants will submit their application above.

 

The StreetShares Foundation will choose 32 finalists based on five criteria below: 

  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

Finalists are featured on the StreetShares 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 2nd round of the Great American Military Entreprenuer Challenge. The finalists will compete over the duration of the conference to determine which four military entrepreneurs will participate in the final pitch competition. 

 

On the first day of the Military Influencers Conference, the StreetShares Foundation will announce which military community entrepreneurs will move on to the second round of the competition.

 

Please see full award rules, terms, and conditions. 

 

Veteran Small Business Award Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.

 

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AWARDS

Four grants will be awarded

1st Place: $15,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,500

4th Place: $2,500

 

Veteran Small Business Award - Deadlines

DEADLINES

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.

Brooke Barnes, Edge Co-Working

Kathryn Thomas, Yoga 4 Change

Abbey Sass, Civil Sass

 

Frequently Asked Questions

[fa icon="plus-square"] Do I have to be a veteran? What are the business requirements?

You don't necessarily have to be a veteran. If you fall under any of the below, you are eligible to apply. 

  • Veteran of any of the United States Armed Forces
  • Reserve of any of the United States Armed Forces
  • Spouse of a military member or veteran
  • Gold Star Family Member
[fa icon="plus-square"] When is the deadline to apply?

The deadline for the upcoming cycle of the Veteran Small Business Award is Sunday, August 11 at midnight EDT. The Foundation will select 32 finalists (16 military veteran entrepreneurs, 16 military spouse entrepreneurs).

 

[fa icon="plus-square"] How much is the award? When will it be given?

Four grants will be awarded

1st Place: $15,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,500

4th Place: $2,500

Awards take place on a repeating schedule

[fa icon="plus-square"] Who determines the winners and how are they selected?

The StreetShares Foundation will choose 32 finalists based on five criteria below: 

  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.
[fa icon="plus-square"] Award and Voting Rules, Terms, and Conditions
[fa icon="plus-square"] How do I create a video to submit?

Please create a simple video pitch video. A pitch video can be made using a camera or even just your computer or phone. Please keep it under two minutes.


Upload your video to YouTube and share the url on the application form.