VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge

November 12, 2016

NATIONAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION open to veteran entrepreneurs!  $100K IN PRIZES

On behalf of the IVMF, I’m thrilled to present the VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge a Business Plan Competition developed for veteran entrepreneurs who are ready to take their business to the next level.  This unique competition offers elite growth and pitch coaching prior to the competition finals.  Winners will receive exposure to a distinguished judging panel, access to capital – $100K in total to be awarded – and three months of individualized coaching.  This Challenge is offered through the generous support of The Marcus Foundation.




Semifinalists – Pitch Coaching

Finalists – Growth Coaching

Winners –


–          1st – $50K

–          2nd – $25K

–          3rd – $10K

–          Secondary Prizes – $15K total


Applications will be accepted through December 18th. We need your help to spread the word!


What: VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge  – presented by IVMF and The Marcus Foundation.

When/Where: ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW through Dec. 18 (Biz Plan + Executive Summary)

Grand Finale: Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM

The Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker ST. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Who Should Compete: Open to U.S. Service Members/Veterans entrepreneurs of all eras of service, with a business venture that has been in operation greater than one year.


Event Website: vetbizchallenge.com


What to Expect: Over the course of this challenge, semifinalists will receive three weeks of elite growth coaching with their fellow competitors in an online group setting before they get to the finale, and winners will receive three months of individualized elite coaching after the competition comes to a close.  This will culminate in a one-day challenge event that will expose the finalists to a distinguished group of judges and the opportunity to learn from each other during their 20-minute venture pitch round.  This one-day event will also have keynote and panel opportunities, all focused on business growth, built in.


Event Contact:

Kim Street, Program Manager

Email: kmstreet@syr.edu

Phone: (315) 443-9512