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MASTER’S PROGRAM

START-UP FUNDRAISING ACCELERATOR

Application Deadline - March 1, 2021
Cohort Selection - Mid March
Master's Program Start - April 10, 2021

Prepare to raise capital in 8 weeks

The Master’s Program is a 1-year intensive program to prepare growth-stage, veteran-owned startups to raise investor funds and scale their companies. 2 cohorts held per year with 10 companies per cohort.

Since 2018, the PenFed Foundation Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program has accelerated over 120 veteran owned start-ups. These start-ups include the following to name a few:

MASTER’S PROGRAM | Key Elements

The Master’s Program features FIVE key elements designed to prepare veteran entrepreneurs for sustainability and growth:

  • Camp SOSi Opening Retreat
  • Due Diligence Boot Camp
  • Mentor-Matching
  • Investor Deal Day
  • Fundraising Coaching
  • Professional Services Account

CAMP SOSi | Opening Retreat

The Master’s Program will kick off with a retreat for the Master’s Program cohort at Willing Warriors in Haymarket, VA.

MENTOR MIXER

The Master’s Program Retreat includes a 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

Weekly on Monday from 9:00 - 12:00EST.

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.

Traction

WEEK 1

Accounting

WEEK 2

Financials

WEEK 3

Legal

WEEK 4

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.

Pitching

WEEK 5

Investors Meetings

WEEK 6

Deal Day Prep

DEAL DAY

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 Deal Day | On-Going Programming

After Bootcamp and Deal Day, the Master’s Program continues to serve as a resource for program participants in the following ways:

Fundraising Guidance

Coaching

Mentorship

ELIGIBILITY

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.
We are monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 on an ongoing basis. We will update our website with new information on a continuous basis. In the meantime, please contact us (veip@penfed.org), if you have any questions or concerns.

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