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U.S. veteran Founder Institute graduates were highlighted in this month's November/December issue of Diversity in Action magazine. The publication, dedicated to supporting diversity in STEM, this month spotlights a number top veteran-led FI portfolio companies in its exclusive 'New Missions Accomplished' special report. The issue also recognizes FI's Veteran Founder Initiative alongside a number of our veteran partner organizations, including Bunk Labs, Patriot Boot Camp, and Vet-Tech, as well as the supportive work of FI HQ's own Head of Global Operations, Ryan Micheletti. 

Click here to read the full 2019 Nov/Dec issue of Diversity In Action Magazine.

The article opens by profiling the military service and professional career of Harmony Oswald, Founder & CEO of Legalucy (FI Silicon Valley). Besides being a startup Founder & military veteran, Oswald is also a Member of the California Bar, and an active entrepreneurial organizer in her own right.

But Oswald was not the only U.S. veteran and FI Alumni featured in the piece - also profiled is U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard veteran Michael Fraser, the Co-Founder & CEO of Refactr (FI Seattle). 

Also notably spotlighted is Herbert Dwyer, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and CEO of EMPEQ (Empower Equity), an Ithica-based startup that recently pitched in FI's Veterans Demo Day global livestream event. 

Last but certainly not least, the issue highlighted the work of Founder Institute HQ's own Head of Global Operations and California Guard veteran, Ryan Micheletti, who is heavily involved in working closely with each of our partners across the Veteran Founder Initiative, including Patriot Boot Camp and Bunker Labs

Veteran entrepreneurs building technology-enabled companies towards achieving traction or funding goals are eligible to apply to the Founder Institute with the possibility of receiving a veteran founder fellowship in any of our accelerator programs worldwide.

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Graduates of the Founder Institute are creating some of the world's fastest growing startups, having raised over $950M in funding, and building products people love across over 200 cities worldwide.

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