Vetrepreneurs are those military veterans that embrace the civilian leadership challenge of entrepreneurship and embark on starting, sustaining, and growing a thriving business.
The life of an entrepreneur is not so unlike that of a military leader…
There is usually no physical risk in starting a business, yet the risks that must be endured and challenges that must be overcome as civilian leading a new business are significant. Financial, mental, and even emotional challenges and stress on many levels must be overcome – often over long periods of doubt and uncertainty – by the entrepreneur and even their family too.
The call to lead doesn’t go away…
Vetrepreneurs prepare to give a vet talk on topics specific to veterans starting and growing and selling a successful business at Semper Startup
There are several factors why servicemen and women join the US military, including:
Vetrepreneurs make our entrepreneur community stronger
- To making a difference
- tackling the hard stuff
- leading the way
- challenging oneself
- having a noble purpose – greater then oneself!
- …Many of these motivations can be well met by the military, but not by simply “having a job,” or even an established career track after leaving military service. The appeal that attracts veterans to military service and leadership are many of the same motivations that are met by starting a company – by being the leader that identifies a challenge, lays out a mission, creates jobs, aligns those teammates, and commands them throught the turbulence to successfully solve a problem.
Ask any entrepreneur that has mentored or worked with veterans in business, especially those driving companies, and you will hear a common refrain:
Successful vetrepreneurs inspire others to lead, and succeed to drive our economy upwards
- inspiring work ethic
- tremendous tenacity
- makes me bring my A game
- squared away
- strong situational awareness
- command presence
- surprisingly creative
- great team players
- by embracing and increasing the number of vets starting and sustaining businesses, the better our entrepreneur community becomes as a whole.
When aspiring entrepreneurs see a warrior leader picking up the gauntlet of leadership – a second time – to become a leader in our free market society, it inspires leadership at all levels in our society, and the more thriving businesses we can foster in our society, the greater our economy and wealth generation will be for all of us.
The Mission: Entrepreneur commitment
…And so, for the veterans, for the entrepreneurs, and for our communities, we at mission entrepreneur take up this cause and continue this mission. We are dedicated to encouraging our veterans to seek out the spark of entrepreneurship, encourage them so that that spark can turn into a burning flame, and support them in the journey to turn their flare up business from a start-up into a thriving grown-up company.
The Mission: Entrepreneur Team!
Veteran Entrepreneurs and event team are applauded after the capital crucible or “shark tank” event at GW University