We're preparing women veteran entrepreneurs in the federal and commercial marketplace!

The PenFed Foundation’s Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP) will engage established entrepreneurs with businesses in government contracting through free, business-focused education sessions, coaching, networking & more.


We invite military entrepreneurs in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, with a new business or business idea, to apply for the Ignition Challenge! Applications are open May 4 - 19.

The top five finalists will receive grants of $15,000, and the grand prize winner of the pitch competition will receive a full-length promotional video.

What We Do:

VEIP can contribute to your company in multiple ways. Whether your company is at the idea stage or ready for financing rounds of investment capital, there’s a program here to suit your company’s access to capital.


Pop-Up Labs—a one to two-day educational programs—are held throughout the country. Pop-Up Labs focus on different aspects of entrepreneurship and access to capital.


Through our Master’s Program, workshops, boot camps and other opportunities, we ensure companies are prepared to enhance their fundraising strategy.


We invest seed capital, access to other capital investment programs, and funders to equip veteran founders with the financing they need to succeed.

The Military Women Startup Accelerator invited military women-run startups and small businesses to apply for a workshop series that culminates in a pitch competition.

Congratulations to our "Road to MIC" 2021 Pitch Competition Finalist:
Aliana J - And I Like It Cheesecakes - Eucalyptus Health - Give Space -
J Vollbrecht Consulting - La Cuisine - Luminary - Organized Q - Taylored 2 Code - The Freelance Coach

Practice Everywhere

We're team P.E., founded by Julia Lopez and Suzie Mills, a collaboration of two friends and business partners who are yoga teachers, life coaches, business builders, and big adventurers, along with some of the best yoga, meditation, and fitness teachers ready to share their gifts with you. Now Team P.E. has expanded with more teachers adding their work to the collective so members can tap into classes, meditations, live events, and recordings from some of the best studio-based yoga and movement teachers around. We're here to help you sink deeper into yourself and live your practice, everywhere!

Upcoming Events

Taking part in any of our events means you’ll be a part of something special

⭐️Our friends at NYU Veterans Future Lab are accepting applications for Apex, the no-cost, equity-free incubator for pre-seed ventures led by #veterans or #milspouses. Don’t miss: HOUSING AWARDS for select


“The Master’s Program has helped me realize that I was trying to swallow the elephant, instead of eating it a bite at a time. I’m excited about Elevivo’s progress. I know what steps I need to take to build this company.”

Major General (R) Gale Pollock

Founder and CEO of Elevivo

Paintru makes the process of owning and gifting beautiful museum-quality custom artwork, inspired by your photos and memories, easy. In just minutes, you can upload a photo and select a painting style. We do the rest to match you with an artist who will bring cherished moments & memories to life.

"VEIP gave us the opportunity to pitch our business to a distinguished review board consisting of 20-25 influential and highly connected individuals. The opportunity was both humbling and invigorating knowing that an organization like VEIP is that committed to supporting veteran entrepreneurs. While many organizations preach supporting veteran entrepreneurs, VEIP follows through on that promise in a big way. Thank you again, VEIP"

Jason Starkey

CEO, Jedburgh Technology

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