The Master’s Program is an intensive program to prepare growth-stage, veteran-owned startups to raise investor funds and scale their companies. Two cohorts of 10 companies will be held each year.
Since 2018, the PenFed Foundation Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program has accelerated over 120 veteran owned start-ups.
MASTER’S PROGRAM | Key Elements
The Master’s Program features SIX key elements designed to prepare veteran entrepreneurs for sustainability and growth:
Camp SOSi Opening Retreat
Due Diligence Boot Camp
Professional Services Account - Master’s Program entrepreneurs receive a $5,000 account to pay for professional services through verified vendors or travel and lodging to attend the in-residence programming.
The Master’s Program will kick off with a retreat for the Master’s Program cohort at Patriot Point on the Chesapeake Bay.
The Master’s Program’s first week of Due Diligence Boot Camp concludes with a virtual Mentor Mixer. Cohort members will pair with a leader in the business community that will serve as their mentor for the duration of the Master’s Program.
DUE DILIGENCE BOOT CAMP
Fundamentals (WEEKS 1-4)
The first four weeks of the boot camp are focused on preparing due diligence documentation for seed-stage businesses to attract investment.
Investor Prep (WEEKS 5-6)
The latter weeks of the boot camp are focused on preparing veteran entrepreneurs for pitching, meeting with investors, and raising funds.
Deal Day Prep
Marquee, culminating event of the boot camp that showcases the Master’s Program companies—and their work from the previous six weeks—to potential investors.
After Bootcamp and Deal Day, the Master’s Program continues to serve as a resource for program participants in the following ways:
We’re open to all military veterans and their spouses. Master’s Program participants come from all types of companies and industries. We’re looking for veteran and military spouse owned and led companies ready to grow their defensible and validated business model.
Depending upon COVID restrictions, the Master's Program cohort may be hosted both virtually and in-person. All in-person components are optional for those concerned about travel/lodging.
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