Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference
Arlington, Texas - OCTOBER 4-6, 2023

Military Entrepreneur Challenge

Join the Second Service Foundation at the Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference October 4-6, 2023 for the Military Entrepreneur Challenge (MEC) a three-part event that includes a speed coaching session, private pitch session to a judging panel, and finally an opportunity to pitch business ideas to a live audience for a chance to win a small business grant.

Conference Registration

You must be a Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference attendee to be able to participate in the Military Entrepreneur Challenge.

Event Schedule

View the Military Entrepreneur Challenge schedule and event descriptions.

Apply

Start your application for the Military Entrepreneur Challenge pitch competition.

The Second Service Foundation hosts the Military Entrepreneur Challenge, a multi-part event that includes business coaching, one-on-one professional development, and a pitch competition. Applicants for the pitch competition have the opportunity to be selected as one of nine semi-finalists who will receive a minimum $1,000 capital grant for their small business or nonprofit. The overall winner receives an additional $1,000 grant, $5,000 PR package from the Second Service Foundation, and $25,000 of in-kind legal services from Holland & Knight LLP. 

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Military Entrepreneur Challenge

Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference (BBBC)

BBBC is a 3-Day business development & entrepreneur educational experience for the military connected entrepreneur ecosystem.

 

Business Beyond the Battlefield provides collaborative, hands-on, interactive learning opportunities including inspirational keynotes, subject matter expert breakout sessions, opportunities to develop connections with experienced coaches and mentors, expert referrals and dynamic business development networking activities.

Join us for the Military Entrepreneur Challenge

Schedule of Events

Applications for the Military Entrepreneur Challenge at the Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference open August 6,2023 – September 6, 2023. Semi-finalists will be notified by September 13, 2023. You must apply in advance to be considered for the nine semi-finalists.

Thursday, October 5, 2023

1:50 pm - 2:50 pm Speed coaching
Wimbledon – Classroom X20

Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners will have the opportunity to participate in up to three high-impact coaching sessions with elite professionals, executives, and skilled entrepreneurs in areas such as sales and distribution, packaging, finance, legal, accounting, technology, fundraising, marketing, strategy, operations, and more.

 

Bring your questions, packaging, logos, and products for the best coaching possible!

3:00 pm - 5:10 pm "Pitch competition round 1
WIMBLEDON – CLASSROOM X20​

The nine selected semi-finalists will share their two-minute pitch about their business or nonprofit and its impact on the military community to a panel of Second Service Foundation judges. You must apply in advance and be selected as a semifinalist to participate in the pitch competition. 

Friday, October 6, 2023

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Pitch Finale and Awards
Champions Ballroom

The Top 3 Finalists will be announced and then pitch on the spot, giving a two-minute pitch on who they are, their platform and purpose, and why they deserve funding. The live audience votes for the overall winner.

 

Award Presentation for the Six Semi-Finalists will be presented $1,000 grant. The overall winner of the Military Entrepreneur Challenge receives an additional $1,000 grant, $5,000 PR package from the Second Service Foundation, and $25,000 of in-kind legal services from Holland & Knight LLP.

We are excited to bring this opportunity to the Business Beyond the Battlefield Conference.

Check out our additional resources for more information about the Military Entrepreneur Challenge and to prepare for the pitch competition.