We are pleased to sponsor and participate in The Venture Café Foundation and Suburban Integrated Facilities Resources second event in the series called “The Veteran Entrepreneur.” This programming series aims to connect, inspire, and support military veterans in their efforts to start businesses, while also focusing on the broad issues facing the veteran community.
From homelessness to healthcare, veterans and those supporting them seek to be leaders in uncovering innovative solutions to tackle society-wide issues. In addition to offering a forum to help veterans navigate the start-up stage, the night will include a frank discussion on veterans issues, bringing together aspiring and established entrepreneurs with the greater Boston community to advance dialogue and establish actions.
Military veterans have skills and experiences that are unique in many ways – we aim to honor their service by invigorating their stake in the start-up and innovation economy and addressing ways to improve quality of life for our returning service men and women.
This event is free to attend, but we ask that you please register in advance.
Schedule of Events
5:30pm-6:25pm: Networking & Information Tables
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Team RWB, Veteran Entrepreneurship Training and Resource Network (VETRN), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Ruberto, Israel, Weiner (RIW)
6:30pm-7:20pm: Keynote with Veteran founders and former Navy SEALS Gabriel Gomez, Adam La Reau, and Paul McCullough of O2X.
Hear how three veteran entrepreneurs joined forces to create a first-of-its-kind summit challenge and human performance company, O2X. From SEAL training to start-up, these three veteran entrepreneurs will share experiences and answer questions about their inspiration, their company, and the process of launching O2X to where it is now.
7:30-8:15pm: Breakout Sessions
- Employment vs. Entrepreneurship – Chris King of MA Dept. of Veteran Services
- Social Entrepreneurship – Dan Magoon of Mass Fallen Heroes
- Strategies for Funding and Growth– Shane Belvin of Nobel Weather Associates
- Key Legal Questions When Launching a Company – Bethany Grazio of RIW
8:15pm: Recap, Closing, & Networking