Startup competitions seeking military veteran entrepreneurs

Steven Loeb · May 31, 2019 · Short URL:

They include Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competition and Veteran Business Battle

If you're a startup seeking opportunities to get funded, educated or connected, startup competitions are a great resource.

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As part of our weekly series, we'll look at top competitions with big cash prizes, as well as competitions that have teed up the most promising startups, to finding popular startup competitions you need to know about. 

Here are some of the startup competitions seeking military veteran entrepreneurs:


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Description: "If you’re an entrepreneur based in Colorado and are a veteran of the United States Military or National Guard and who wants to pitch your business idea to investors and business leaders, the Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competition is for you."

Prize: $25,000 cash

Previous winners:  Barn Owl


Description: "The InnoVet program is Boston’s first veteran-focused business incubator, designed to connect, inspire, and support military veterans as they establish and grow businesses. InnoVet, in collaboration with corporations, investors, and associations will provide dedicated resources and opportunities to veteran entrepreneurs in Massachusetts."

Prize: First place: $5,000 cash. Second place: $3,500 cash. $1,500 audience favourite. 

Previous winners: G Force Franchise Group


Description: "Veterans Business Battle serves as a forum to connect veterans with investors, advisers and resources. It's our goal to lead as many veteran-owned businesses to success as possible."

Prize: $55,000

Previous winners: SafeStamp 


Description: "A showcase competition where veteran entrepreneurs compete for the title of top-performing veteran-led startup."

Prize: $10,000 

Previous winners: Not specified

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