Community Outreach Projects
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In 2015, Entrepreneurs' Organziation-Houston launched its biggest community outreach initative to date. Through a partnership with Rice University's Veterans in Business Associaiton, a group of MBA students who are military veterans, the first-ever Veterans Business Battle was held.
The event challenged veterans to pitch a business plan to a panel of investors for a chance at seed capital. During a short start-up period, 146 applications were submitted online from all across the country and various branches of the military. The top 15 applicants were invited to the competition held at Rice Univeristy on Februrary 28, 2015. By that evening, more than $700,000 in investment offers had been extended to the top contestants, with several other offers under continuing negotiations.
The event also highlighted a Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year and featured a keynote address by Lt. Col. Oliver North.
Entrepreneurs' Organization-Houston has committed to continue the Veterans Business Battle in 2016.