Meet our Demo Day Participants!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

8:30am – 6:30pm

National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.


On 29 October 2013, more than 80 different Angel and early stage investment groups, representing approximately $1 billion in investable wealth will be joining forces with National Defense University Foundation to work directly with young military veteran entrepreneurs seeking to start their own businesses. Too often, young military veterans have been overlooked by the investment community that seeks out entrepreneurs and provides the start-up capital needed to launch a new business. We believe that veteran-owned companies and start-ups are
solid investment choices that potentially offer investors significant returns.

Veterans Venture Forum: Invest in America’s Veterans


With direct support from the Angel Venture Forum (AVF) the NDU Foundation will help identify and prepare veteran entrepreneurs to participate in the Veterans Venture Forum. Veteran Entrepreneurs will be given an opportunity to directly pitch the merits of their start-up companies to the largest gathering of Angel Investors in the mid-Atlantic region.

Our goal is simple; we believe that Veterans have a unique set of skills, discipline, courage and ability. If given the chance, our veterans are more than capable of launching and building successful companies.

The Veterans Venture Forum is going to give them that chance.

Training and Identification of Veteran Entrepreneurs:

Business Boot Camp, August and September 2013


To help identify and prepare veteran entrepreneurs to participate in the October 29 Veterans Venture Forum Capstone Demo Day, NDU Foundation will conduct Business Boot Camp Group Training and Informal Education Sessions bi-weekly on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month in August, September and October.


The goal of these sessions is to help veteran entrepreneurs develop better business plans, understand their markets, and gain a keener understanding of the investment process. Specific tutorials will be given on financials, intellectual property, term sheet, and the importance of boards and advisors.





  • Young veterans ready to take their ideas from concept to reality.
  • Expose young veterans to the principles of entrepreneurship and cultivate the ideas they already have.
  • Entrepreneurs with military experience and the energy, passion, and a desire to be their own boss.
  • Assist young veterans in leveraging their unique training, discipline, and leadership experience to craft a successful start-up or small business.
  • Recently returning veterans who have launched or want to launch a successful start-up or business venture.
  • Develop a viable pipeline and supportive networking environment for veteran owned start-ups and small businesses to jump from ideation, to fully funded start-up or expanding business venture
  • Veteran-owned businesses seeking early stage capital to take their company to the next level of success.
  • Educate veterans about what investors look for with respect to funding.

Special Events


Find Us on the Web

FaceBook, Twitter,
LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr


The Angel Venture Forum is an ad hoc group of more than 30 active, experienced angel investors from more than 24 angel investor groups located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Each of our colleagues shares a mission to discover, develop, and invest in strong opportunities. The Angel Venture Forum process makes it easier for companies to meet the highest number of angel investors in one place over the shortest period of time. Learn more about AVF at

NDU Foundation

300 5th Ave, Marshall Hall Ste 209
Fort Lesley J. McNair
Washington, D.C. 20319-5066
Contact Us | Privacy Policy

Copyright 2012 National Defense University Foundation