The 2017 EO Veterans Business Battle, hosted by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and Rice’s Veterans in Business Association, welcomes all qualified applicants to submit their business ideas for consideration.


What makes a winning idea? A new solution, new product or new way of delivering a service. We welcome ideas from all industries. The finalists will be invited to compete in the EO Veterans Business Battle, where they will present their idea to a panel of judges.


  • Complete the application that describes your business idea, including an optional video pitch.
  • Applications must be submitted through this website along with a scanned copy of the business owners DD Form 214 document from the U.S. Military indicating he or she was honorably discharged.
  • Applicants must be residents of the United States.
  • All applicants must consent to a background check if selected as a finalist for the purpose of prequalifying their business for funding
  • Please review the Frequently Asked Questions section for information about typical investment requirements and formats


**Please, remove your Social Security Number prior to uploading your DD214 member 4.**

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A panel of judges comprised of business leaders and entrepreneurs will review the submissions and select finalists.

The finalists will be invited to compete in the EO Veterans Business Battle at Rice University February 24th and 25th. Teams/individuals will compete for investment dollars and also have the opportunity to meet and network with successful entrepreneurs and investors, who will serve as event judges.

If selected as a finalist, come to the competition at Rice University prepared with to make a business pitch to judges and investors. Please be prepared to make a 1-minute “elevator pitch” and a full presentation. The 10 to 15 minute presentations should be interactive, entertaining and include all pertinent details about your business. Successful business pitches will explain the need for their business, explain how their business can solve this demand and sell the judges and investors on the product. Props, displays and interactive elements are encouraged. Judges may ask competitors questions about their businesses, so be prepared with any sales numbers, market research and other relevant data. It is essential that every business present not only an idea or product, but also have a clear funding request.