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Veterans Business Battle names former Navy Seal, author, businessman Don Mann Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year


HOUSTON – Decorated veteran, entrepreneur and philanthropist Don Mann will deliver a keynote speech at an awards banquet Feb. 27 celebrating veteran entrepreneurs.

The banquet, hosted by the Houston chapter of the global non-profit Entrepreneurs’ Organization, is the culmination of the EO-Houston Veterans Business Battle (, a business plan competition for veterans seeking investment capital in start-up businesses. During last year’s inaugural event, more than $900,000 of investment offers were extended to finalists. Seventeen finalists were selected to compete in this year’s event.

The winners of the competition, which will be held earlier that day at Rice University, will be announced at the dinner.

Mann is a former Navy SEAL Team SIX Commando, CIA Operative, renowned adventure competitor and author of 11 books, including his New York Times bestselling biography “Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America’s Elite Warriors.” He is the former CEO of BattleFrog and the founder and CEO of Frogman Charities, a nonprofit group that raises money for Navy SEAL veterans and their families.

“Veterans Business Battle hopes to help entrepreneurs launch successful businesses and go on to give back to the veteran community,” said Veterans Business Battle Executive Director Phil Butcher. “Don Mann embodies that mission. We look forward to hearing his compelling story of overcoming personal hardships and reaching his goals.”

Portions of the proceeds from the dinner will go toward the Rice University Veterans in Business Association Military Scholars Program, which provides scholarships for veterans pursuing a Rice MBA degree.

Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was previously scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the dinner, but was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets and table sponsorships are available at