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Vets can apply to join Business Battle

U.S. Small Business Administration
February 07. 2018 11:10PM

HOUSTON — A business competition for military veterans is looking for new entrepreneurs, as applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Veterans Business Battle.

The event gives 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 March 1.

Businesses must be majority owned by an honorably discharged veteran living in the United States.

All types of businesses are encouraged to apply, including both early-stage businesses and existing companies needing growth capital.

Finalists will be invited to make their business pitches April 13-14 at Rice University in Houston.

Previous winners have included retailers, technology firms, a commercial drone business, and other businesses.

To view the 2018 applicant booklet, visit

For more information, call (832) 236-9609.

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.

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