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Veteran EDGE

A three-day conference dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them.

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The Institute for Veterans and Military Families is proud to announce the Veteran EDGE Conference which will take place February 16-18, 2018 in Austin, TX. This first-of-its-kind event is dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them. During this three-day conference and training event, stakeholders, IVMF program graduates, and veteran and military spouse-owned businesses from around the country will gather to network, and learn about the latest opportunities, best practices, and resources available to their growing companies.

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When: February 16-18, 2018

Where: Austin, Texas

Who: Veteran and military spouse small business owners who have an established and growing business that is at least one year old by January 1, 2018. Veterans must have an honorable discharge.

What’s Happening at the Conference: View Agenda

Veteran EDGE Conference

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When: February 16-18, 2018

Who: Open to veteran and military spouse business owners who have been invited to attend the conference. If you are interested in attending the event, please fill out the interest form below. If selected, we will send you an invite with a registration link.

What: This three-day educational event will connect veteran and military spouse business owners with breakout sessions, business experts, and networking opportunities. They will learn how to grow their businesses by finding mentors, connecting with networks, and accessing capital. It will also host the Vet50 Awards Ceremony where will will honor the top 50 Fastest-Growing Veteran-Owned Businesses in the country.

Apply: Complete the interest form here. If accepted, we will send you a separate invitation via email to register for the event.

VetSource

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When: February 15, 2018 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Who: Open to any veteran or military spouse-owned business, not just Veteran EDGE Conference participants.

What: 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.

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D'Aniello Family Foundation Acceleration Challenge

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When: February 15, 2018 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Who: Open to a pre-selected group of Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veteran (EBV) graduates.

What: 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.

This event is brought to the Veteran EDGE Conference through the generous support of the D’Aniello Family Foundation.

Influencer Roundtable

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When: February 16, 2018

Who: Open to a pre-selected group of entrepreneurship service organizations, veteran service organizations, sponsors, and thought leaders.

What: This two-part panel discussion will convene stakeholders (e.g., researchers, entrepreneurship service organizations, veteran service organizations, sponsors, and thought leaders) to discuss latest research findings and collaborate on the roles that each plays in supporting veteran entrepreneurs throughout their entrepreneurial journey.

Vet50 Recognition

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When: February 17, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Who: Open to all Veteran EDGE Conference participants.

What: A ceremony that will celebrate the 50 fastest-growing veteran owned or operated businesses in the country.

Learn more about Vet50 here.

VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge 2.0

When: Finale – February 18, 2018

Who: Veteran business owners who submitted their applications by the deadline of December 30, 2017.

What: A business plan competition with various levels of coaching and learning opportunities. Finalists will be selected by a group of judges to pitch their businesses to participants of the Veteran EDGE Conference. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of the conference on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

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For questions, please contact us at ivmfentrepreneurship@syr.edu or (315) 443-6898.