Veterans Business Battle: Deadline to Submit Aproaching

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Veterans Business Battle links aspiring entrepreneurs with investors; Finalists invited to pitch businesses for chance at investment and prize money

The largest business competition for military veterans is looking for new entrepreneurs.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Veterans Business Battle. The event gives military veterans an opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of investors for a chance at investments, business partnerships, and prize money. In the last three years, more than $2.5 million of investment offers have been extended to finalists.

To apply, applicants must submit a business plan on the competition website,, by Feb. 1. Businesses must be majority owned by an honorably discharged military veteran living in the United States. Early-stage businesses and existing companies needing growth capital are both encouraged to apply.

Finalists will be invited to make their business pitch April 13-14 at Rice University. All types of businesses are encouraged. Previous winners have included retail products, a commercial drone business, technology firms and more.

Those interested in competing should visit or call 832-236-9609.

If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business. From creating a business plan to finding your first customer, we're here to help you succeed.

Veterans Business Battle was established in 2015 by a group of Houston entrepreneurs and Rice University’s Veterans in Business Association (VIBA). The competition aims to foster entrepreneurship among veterans, grow veteran-owned businesses and give back to veterans seeking to make a difference in the business world.

SBA offers a variety of programs and services. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance. Whether you are just getting started or you are an existing business ready to expand, you will learn about our loan programs and how our resource partners, SBDC, SCORE, and WBC can help.