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Veterans Business Battle

Join the largest veteran-focused business plan competition in the country.
The 10th Annual Veterans Business Battle will take place on April 18-19, 2024

Veterans Business Battle began with a goal of inspiring and encouraging our nation’s military heroes to become successful entrepreneurs. Since its beginnings, more than $5 million of investment offers have been extended to finalists. This year, the event includes seminars geared toward emerging entrepreneurs and a second round of pitches from the top five companies. The 16 semi-finalists selected come from across the country and all ranks and branches of the military.


Congratulations to the 2023 Winners

1st Place
Martini Mates
2nd Place
Parlay Protocol
3rd Place
Pretty Thai


2023 Panelists

Lending: What You Need to Know As Your Business Takes On Debt

Moderated by Mark Winchester, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Association – Houston, Navy veteran

  • Shelley Ewart, Senior Vice President of Comerica Bank
  • Gary Henderson, EVP of Stellar Bank
  • Sheila Patterson, Vice President Commercial Lending of Wallis State Bank
  • Kelley Simmons, Senior Vice President, Amegy Bank

Equity: Assess Your Value and Know the Risks and Rewards

Moderated by Tim Hsia, Founder and Managing Partner of Context Ventures, Army veteran

  • Scott Davis, Director of Veteran Entrepreneurship at PenFed Credit Union
  • Brad Harrison, Founder and Managing Partner of Scout Ventures, Army veteran
  • Brandon Shelton, Founder and Managing Partner at Task Force X Capital Management, Army veteran
  • Alexandra Wilde, Partner in Energy, M&A and Private Equity at Jones Day

Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Field

Moderated by Austin Hill, Co-Founder, Managing Director at Seed Round Capital, Army veteran

  • Kirt Anderson, CEO of Libre Manufacturing, 2022 VBB Finalist, Army veteran
  • Chris Briley, Founder and President of Ride For Your Flag, Founder and CEO of Mustang Valley Concrete, Marine Corps veteran
  • Mike Brown, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Founder of Unbreakable Wealth, Navy veteran
  • Theresa Irving, Duneberry Farms Owner, Producer for VETtoCEO program with Warrior Rising, Air Force veteran

2023 Sponsors

Honor Level
Penfed Foundation
Courage Level
Beachhead Investments
Capital CDC
Gated Rentals
Jones Day
JP Morgan Chase
Phillips 66
Strength Level
Allied Industrial Partners
Stellar Bank
Wallis Bank


Contact Information

Chris Frank
Co-Chair, Veterans Business Battle
Full Time MBA, Class of 2024
Jeremy Larus
Co-Chair, Veterans Business Battle
Full Time MBA, Class of 2024