Contact: Sara Yonker, 713-296-0004
HOUSTON- Seventeen veteran-owned businesses from across the country were selected for the second annual EO-Houston Veterans Business Battle. The finalists, selected by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and Rice University’s Veterans in Business Association from 126 applications, will pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors February 26 and 27 at Rice University.
“We were overwhelmed by the innovative ideas that these veterans submitted,” said Veterans Business Battle Executive Director Phil Butcher. “These finalists include all types of businesses, from new retail ventures to cutting-edge technologies. We are excited to see how investors respond.”
Last year, more than $900,000 of investment offers were extended to finalists, ranking the competition #1 in investments to veteran-owned start-ups. This year’s finalists are asking for combined investments of more than $4 million. Investments come in the form of loans and equity investments. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
The two-day event also includes learning sessions about financing, marketing and entrepreneurship as well as networking with investors and business leaders. The presentations will also be live streamed with a live crowd-funding platform, Bythecrowd, that allows the public to support the teams. The public can register to attend at www.vetbizbattle.com/register.
The selected finalists are:
Air Armor Tech, Burleson, Texas
Biao Skincare, Houston, Texas
Campus Doorman, Boston, MA
Cell Systems 3D, Kemah, TX
Counterstrike Coffee, Cypress, TX
Hive, Charlestown, MA
N2CVT /Connected Vehicle Technology, Gainesville, FL
FishViews, Wimberly, TX
FemTec, Alabaster, AL
KL Morrow’s P&S LLC, Sugarland, TX
Mobilization Capital, Tuker, GA
Serious Simulations Orlando, FL
SolarShield Paint, Austin, TX
SynShark, Wilmington, DE
Tasklight, San Francisco, CA
Triple D Motorcycles, Daytona Beach, FL
Weather General, College Station, TX
Winners will be announced Feb. 27 at a dinner that evening featuring a keynote speech by New York Times best-selling author, Seal Team Six member and CEO of Battle Frog Don Mann. All finalists have the potential to receive investment offers. The objective of this competition is to launch as many veteran-owned businesses as possible.