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Honoring veteran startup Founders, the Founder Institute shares a selection of successful veteran and military spouse-led portfolio companies. In addition, we invite you to join the $ 100,000 Veteran Pitch Competition on Nov 15th.

Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs possess the leadership, resilience, and purpose that all great founders need to build great businesses. Their startups have reached heights as the military-connected startup ecosystem continues to thrive across the U.S. Veterans Day in the U.S. is the perfect occasion to celebrate the achievements of top-performing companies led by veterans or military spouses:

Meet these 10 remarkable startups from Founder Institute's network:

  • Sworkit - a company that provides the support and motivation people need to reach their wellness goals and take control of their health.

  • knowRX - an innovative machine learning database of nearly 1 million drug providers within geo proximity.

  • Instant Teams - a mission-driven company committed to supporting and employing military spouses.

  • EMPEQ - a solution that makes building audits more efficient and more accurate.

  • Arena Labs - a company that brings the scientifically validated tools and training of high-risk, high-consequence fields into the frontlines of healthcare.

  • SoundMind - a music therapy app built to completely reduce stress and anxiety by 46%.

  • Data Droplets - a company providing fast and simple customer data compliance and ID verification for auto dealerships.

  • Polaris Genomix - a platform joining together genomics and AI to bring clarity and objectivity to mental health.

  • Tempest Droneworx - a software company that is building its own ecosystem of drone manufacturers.

  • RefundWiz - the first tax filing app using AI and machine learning to prepare tax returns accurately.

If you feel inspired by these great startups, sign up to attend $100,000 Veteran Pitch Competition, with Brad Feld, Co-founder of Techstars

Anyone interested in technology companies or the veteran business community is welcome to RSVP to attend the event for free, and watch as these promising veteran and military spouse-founded startups pitch live to investors for a chance to win the $100,000 investment.

Joining us as a keynote at the competition is Brad Feld, Co-founder of Techstars,who will share priceless insights into fundraising and entrepreneurship.  Our veteran-supportive investor panel that is eager to discover the next impactful startup includes: 

RSVP for the Veterans Pitch Competition here

The pitch competition winner will receive a $100,000 investment from The Veteran Fund. Terms of the investment will be based upon the company's current financing round as an equity investment or as a SAFE Note, with the ability to invest up to $500,000.

Lastly, the Veteran Pitch Competition is an excellent global networking opportunity. The event will be attended by hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs you can connect with.

Join us in honoring our veterans to help advance their companies forward!

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The Founder Institute is the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, and startups into global businesses. Since 2009, our highly-structured accelerator programs have helped entrepreneurs raised over $1.75BN in funding across over 200 cities worldwide.

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