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Joining Forces is proud to applaud VetsinTech, an organization linking veterans with the technology industry.
Yesterday, as a result of the recent White House Veterans Entrepreneurship Workshop – co-sponsored by Joining Forces and the Office of Science and Technology Policy – VetsinTech hosted an inaugural “VetCap” workshop in San Francisco.
VetCap is a series of national workshops focused on educating veterans on where and how to raise capital. The workshops also connect veterans to a network of financial sources.
Yesterday’s workshop involved a panel of investors and lenders from the major capital categories, and a series of discussions on where to access capital and how to pitch investors. Veteran entrepreneurs from around the country participated in the event, including veterans who had the opportunity to pitch their own startups to the panel of expert investors.
Entrepreneurs and small businesses are a big driver of our national economy, and veterans often possess a set of skills that make them uniquely well-suited for success. Studies show veterans are more likely to be self-employed than their peers with no military experience.
Recognizing the enormous potential of our service members, VetCap strives to expand opportunity for veteran entrepreneurship – and yesterday’s kick-off workshop is just the beginning.
Commander Cara LaPointe, U.S. Navy, is a White House Fellow in the Office of the First Lady.