Veteran EDGE

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Veteran EDGE

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families 2020 Veteran EDGE Conference took place on March 5-8, 2020 in Dallas, TX. This unique event is dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them.

Over the course of four days, stakeholders, IVMF program graduates, and veteran and military-spouse business owners from around the country gathered to network, and learn about the latest opportunities, best practices, and resources available to their growing companies.

D’Aniello Family Foundation Acceleration Challenge

Acceleration Challenge group photo.Participants (ten total) will be nominated to participate in a series of activities and workshops to assess the barriers confronting their business and best prepare them to leverage the resources of the conference. They will be eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in grant funding for their company.

Veteran EDGE 2020 Keynote Speakers

Making The Connection

This year provided opportunities to connect with representatives from Fortune 500 companies, multimillion-dollar businesses, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurship experts and providing opportunities to connect with those in your industry

One-on-One Meetings with Experts

one-on-on coaching sessions at veteran EDGE.

Business Showcase and Resource Expo

veteran edge small business showcase expo

Network Receptions

Two veteran edge participants smiling for photo

Industry Night

Group of people networking at Veteran EDGE conference.



The Institute for Veterans and Military Families is working with Inc. 5000 to celebrate the third annual Vet100 Awards Ceremony and dinner powered by Fiserv. This event will honor the 100 fastest-growing veteran-owned businesses in the nation and recognize the hard work and commitment they have put into their entrepreneurial dreams. Learn more about Vet100.


Vet Source logo


This one-day procurement event seeks to connect veteran and military spouse-owned businesses with Fortune500 companies and executives to help them gain valuable resources, information, and best practices related to procurement opportunities. Learn more about VetSource.


  • What is the Veteran EDGE Conference?

    The Veteran EDGE Conference is a three-and-a-half day educational event that connects veteran and military spouse business owners with breakout sessions, business experts, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities. They will learn how to grow their businesses by finding mentors, connecting with networks, and accessing resources.


  • What is the eligibility criteria?

    Participants must be veteran or military spouse business owners who have been operating their business for one year by the January prior to the conference. Participants must be able to provide proof of their service or their spouse’s service, and proof of business ownership.

  • How can I attend the next Veteran EDGE Conference?

    In order to attend the conference, you must first complete the application which can be found here.

    Our Enrollment Services team will verify your eligibility and then we will send you a link to register. If a conference registration has not yet gone live, your application will remain in a pool until registration is opened, at which point we will send you the link to register.

  • Where is the Veteran EDGE 2020 Conference?


  • When is the 2020 conference?


  • What to expect?

    We are expecting 250 veteran and military spouse business owners to attend in addition to 200 resource partners, stakeholders and corporations. Prepare to network, build relationships, learn from a number of breakout sessions, and be motivated by our keynote speakers!

    View the agenda from 2019 to get a better feel of the Conference weekend. All sessions are tailored to help your growing business.


  • Are there exhibitor opportunities?
    • If you are a provider of veteran and/or military-spouse services/resources, we would like to invite you to set up a display.
    • Veteran or military-spouse business owners are also welcome to showcase their business and provide collateral as well as items to sell.
    • Business and Resource Exhibitor Showcase will be on Friday, March 6th. Space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
    • Sig-up here:


  • What is the Business Showcase?

    This is an opportunity on Friday, March 6th to show off what your business has to offer. $50 fee to reserve your booth to showcase your businesses.


  • What is the out-of-pocket cost to attend this Conference?

    You will be required to pay the $150 registration fee and all of your travel expenses; the registration fee will cover your conference pass, lodging (nights of 3/5, 3/6, & 3/7) and meals during the conference.

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