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Veterans Venture Forum

Our goal is simple; we believe that Veterans have a unique set of skills, discipline, courage, and ability. If given the right chance, our veterans are more than capable of launching and building successful companies. The Veterans’ Venture Forum, which hosts the Veterans Venture "Demo Day" for winning companies and the Veterans Venture bootcamps to prepare, will give young veterans an opportunity to meet directly with experienced investors and pitch their entrepreneurial ideas. Veterans with outstanding ideas for new businesses, ability to start and run a new enterprise, and the passion to pursue the American dream will gain support and funding required from investors attending the Veterans’ Venture Forum on 29 October 2013 and the requisite bootcamps from 8 August to 24 October to prepare.

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DIRECTIONS AND SECURITY ACCESS TO FORT MCNAIR 

To gain access to the base, you and any passengers in your vehicle will need to show the guard a valid driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued identification (building passes will not be accepted). Individuals and vehicles entering Ft. McNair are subject to search. Allow up to 15 minutes for clearing the 2nd Street Gate as security procedures for vehicles and the high volume of incoming traffic during certain early mornings can result in delays. In order to insure entrance, please leave anything resembling a weapon at home.

If you are walking to the base from Metro, enter the base via the Main Gate (on P Street closest to 4th St). See “If You are Coming by Metro or Taxi” below for directions to Fort McNair and Marshall Hall once you are inside the gate.

If you are driving, enter the base via the 2nd Street Gate (on 2nd Street just South of P St) or proceed to the MarcParc parking lot 3 blocks south of the 2nd St. Gate. Once you clear the gate, you will proceed to a parking lot located in front of Marshall hall. Parking spots are usually LIMITED, We do have several reserved ,These spaces are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

There is street-side parking just outside the 2nd Street Gate (50cents/hr with 12 hr limit) and there is a large commercial parking lot (MarcParc) with an entrance 3 blocks past the Fort McNair 2nd Street Gate ($4/day, open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM). Allow 8-10 minutes to walk from MarcParc lot the entrance of Lincoln Hall. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND TAKING A CAB!

Access to Marshall Hall:

Marshall Hall is building #62, and the registration is at the inside main entrance.

 

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Directions to Ft. McNair

Metro: Take the Green Line to Waterfront-SEU Station. When you come up out of the station, you are facing Waterside Shopping Center. Directly behind you, M Street runs parallel to the shopping center, and 4th Street is perpendicular to it. Cross M Street and walk down 4th Street. Immediately after 4th Street bends to become P Street, you will come across Ft. McNair’s Main Gate.

Metro: Enter the Main Gate pedestrian entrance and go to the guard building, where the guard will check your ID (you will need to show the guard a valid driver’s license, passport, or other government-issued identification - building passes are not accepted). Note that individuals and vehicles entering Ft. McNair are subject to search.

Once cleared by the guard, you will proceed straight (down 3rd Avenue) until you come to a T intersection. Take a left at the T Intersection, then your second right (5th Avenue). Proceed down 5th Avenue to Lincoln Hall on the left. Enter Lincoln Hall and go to the reception desk on your left. The walk and security procedures will take 15-20 minutes from the time you exit the Metro station.

If You Are Driving

Coming from Virginia (West) via I-66: Take Independence Avenue along the Tidal Basin. Follow signs for Maine Avenue. Stay straight on Maine Avenue - Waterfront is on the right. Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Maryland: Take I-95 South toward Virginia. Just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take I-295 toward Washington, DC. Exit at South Capitol Street. Go over the Fredrick Douglas Bridge. Get in the right lane. Make a left at the light onto M Street (this takes you over South Capitol Street). Turn left on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the right). Go through one light and then the road bends to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Northwest DC: From Constitution Ave. going east toward the Capitol, turn right on 7th street, which brings you to Maine Ave. Turn left on Maine Ave. (The Waterfront is in front of you if you went straight). Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Maryland: Take I-95 South toward Virginia. Just before the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, take I-295 toward Washington, DC. Exit at South Capitol Street. Go over the Fredrick Douglas Bridge. Get in the right lane. Make a left at the light onto M Street (this takes you over South Capitol Street). Turn left on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the right). Go through one light and then the road bends to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Northwest DC: From Constitution Ave. going east toward the Capitol, turn right on 7th street, which brings you to Maine Ave. Turn left on Maine Ave. (The Waterfront is in front of you if you went straight). Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right.

Coming from Northwest DC: From Constitution Ave. going east toward the Capitol, turn right on 7th street, which brings you to Maine Ave. Turn left on Maine Ave. (The Waterfront is in front of you if you went straight). Maine Avenue turns into M Street near Arena Stage, which is on the left. Turn right on 4th Street (Waterfront-SEU Metro/Safeway is on the left). Go through one light and then the road turns to become P Street immediately before the front (or Main) gate of Fort McNair. Proceed past this gate and continue along P Street to the end of the block. At the intersection, turn right onto 2nd Street SW. Proceed south along 2nd Street SW for about ¼ mile. The entrance to Ft. McNair will be to your right. 



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Veterans Venture Forum
Capstone "Demo Day"
 
Thursday, October 29, 2013  
8:30am – 6:30pm
 
National Defense University
300 5th Avenue
Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
 

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Who Should Attend?

  • Young veterans ready to take their ideas from concept to reality.
  • Entrepreneurs with military experience and the energy, passion, and a desire to be their own boss.
  • Recently returning veterans who have launched or want to launch a successful start-up or business venture.
  • Veteran owned businesses seeking early stage capital to take their company to the next level of success
  • Anyone who wishes to invest in our country's brightest, fastest and most disciplined heros.

AGENDA

8:30 9:30am

Entrepreneur Set-up

 Marshall Hall Atrium

9:30-11:00am

Registration 
Marshall Hall Atrium

Expo Session open
Marshall Hall Atrium

 

11:30-11:45am

Welcome

Baruch Auditorium

Cathleen Pearl, President, National Defense University Foundation
Major General Gregg F. Martin, PhD, President, National Defense University

 

11:45-12:45pm

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Jay Walker

Baruch Auditorium

Jay Walker, one of America's best-known business inventors and entrepreneurs, has founded multiple successful startup companies that today serve more than 75 million customers in 15 different industries.


12:45-1:15pm

Lunch

 Marshall Hall Atrium

1:15-1:40pm

Kickoff

Marshall Hall  Rotunda

Doug Doan,  Hivers & Strivers
A living example of a military veteran who has been a successful entrepreneur kicks off the pitch sessions portion of the program.

 

1:40-2:00pm

Scott Borgeson, Cargo Metrex

Marshall Hall  Rotunda

An amazing success story from a coast guard veteran

 

2:00-5:00pm

Pitches Begin, Expo Open

Pitch Room 1 and 2, Marshall Hall Atrium

15 min for each pitch and Q&A session.


 
TimeROOM#1ROOM#2
2:00pmRideScout Team of Care  
2:15pmlettrs  Gladius Health  
2:30pmAmerican Light Works Prevently 
2:45pmShur-a-Tak Rofori 
3:00pmBouncing Image  Visio4C 
3:15pmFlight Spectrum  Stevie Boi 
3:30pmASR&D  Topsail Brewing  
3:45pmDarling Betty Meritoc  
4:00pmPokerFundLLCKaprica  Security, Inc
4:15pmInvisidataActive Endeavor
4:30pmFeature FaceoffGlobal Reconnaissance Solutions

Do you have what it takes? 
 
If you are a young veteran or anticipate that you will soon be leaving military service and have the passion and desire to become your own boss by starting and running a successful business, Veterans’ Venture Forum will give you the opportunity to pursue that dream. Approximately 20 different Veteran entrepreneurs from hundreds of applications will be granted 15 minutes to pitch their companies and demonstrate to a large group of investors that successful military veterans can also be successful entrepreneurs. This is not an easy path. Only the best companies, led by the most determined, and capable veterans will gain investor support and funding.
 
NOTE: WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR COMPANIES TO PRESENT ON OCTOBER 29, 2013 AND ALL SPOTS TO PRESENT ON OCTOBER 29 ARE ALREADY SCHEDULED. HOWEVER, YOU MAY REGISTER TO ATTEND THE EVENT TO NETWORK.  AS INVESTORS, WE WILL BE SCREENING COMPANIES ON AN ONGOING BASIS EVEN AFTER VVF. FEEL FREE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION HERE AND WE WILL REVIEW IT WHEN WE ARRE ABLE. PLEASE BE SURE TO INDICATE THAT YOU ARE ACTIVE DUTY OR MILITARY VETERAN SO THAT WE KNOW TO WAIVE ANY APPLICATION FEES.