The Second Service Foundation

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Supporting Veterans, Military Spouses and Gold Star Families as they grow their ideas and small business from startup to the stars.

Our Programs

tools to grow your business


Attend one of our speed coaching events and spend 20-25 minutes getting 1 on 1 advice for growing your business.

Capital Grant

Apply online for our Military Entrepreneur Challenge and pitch your business idea to a panel of judges for a chance to be the recipient of a capital grant.


Explore our resources to help you plan, launch, and scale your small business. Let us connect you to our partners who can provide you with targeted resources.

Our Mission

Supporting the Military Community

The Second Service Foundation (formerly StreetShares Foundation) was launched on Veterans Day 2016 with a mission to inspire, educate, and support military-connected business ownership in America. We provide coaching, resources, and capital, as well as an innovative mentorship program to support entrepreneurs in scaling from startup to the stars.

From our founder

“We’re grateful to Servicemembers and their families for their first service (in uniform). Our team now focuses on helping them find their “second service” to their communities…now as entrepreneurs, business owners, creatives, and innovators. It’s the same heart of service, but a new mission.”

Mark L. Rockefeller

The Second Service Foundation Founder & Chairman

Military Entrepreneur Challenge

Let us help you with your next mission

Apply to Participate in the Military Entrepreneur Challenge for your opportunity to receive business coaching and pitch your ideas for early-stage and social-impact capital grants.

Step 1

Apply Online

Apply online to attend one of our Military Entrepreneur Challenge events across the country. ​

Step 2

Develop Your Business One-Pager

Develop a one page pitch sheet and apply to participate in the pitch competition.

Step 3

Prepare Your Pitch

Once accepted to the pitch competition, prepare for your pitch, so you can impress the judges and move to the challenge round.

Step 4

Military Entrepreneur Challenge

Time to pitch! Give us your very best 2-3 minute pitch about your business ideas and the impact they will have on the military community.

Our Impact

People Behind the Businesses

Find out more about past Military Entrepreneur Challenge grant recipients and how they are impacting their communities.

Our Partners

Making Dreams a Reality

Our Military Entrepreneur Challenge would not be possible without our partners and donors. 

Learn how you can become a partner and help support our mission.