NDU Foundation Matches Ideas with Investors

NGAUS Washington Report

(Aug. 13, 2013) The National Defense University Foundation in Washington, D.C., is offering to put veterans with young businesses or ideas for new businesses in touch with investors willing to put up money to get the ventures off the ground.

The Veterans Venture Forum was announced last week by the foundation, which is the outreach arm of the National Defense University.

“Our goal is to give military veterans an opportunity to meet directly with experienced investors and pitch their business plans,” said Cathleen Pearl, the NDU Foundation president.

The foundation plans a Capstone Day in partnership with Angel Venture Forum Oct. 29 at Fort McNair, the university’s home, for a limited number of entrepreneurs selected from applicants to pitch their ideas directly to investors.

Leading up to that event will be the NDU Foundation Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs, a series of training sessions where entrepreneurs can learn how to develop business plans and recognize the challenges and opportunities of start-up ventures.

Interested veterans can register for the Veterans Venture Forum and the boot camp at http://veteransventureforum.eventbrite.com.