HOUSTON, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sixteen veteran-owned businesses from across the country were selected to compete in the third annual EO-Houston Veterans Business Battle. The finalists, chosen by Entrepreneurs' Organization-Houston and Rice University's Veterans in Business Association from more than 100 applications nationwide, will pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors February 24-25 at Rice University.
"These finalists include ground-breaking medical innovations, new products we clearly see a need for in the marketplace, and solid small businesses that need help getting started," said Veterans Business Battle Chairman Mark Martin. "We are looking forward to hearing details about their businesses at the event and seeing how our investors support them."
In the last two years, more than $1.7 million of investment offers were extended to finalists, ranking the competition #1 in investments to veteran-owned start-ups. Investments come in the form of loans and equity investments, but Veterans Business Battle also offers mentorship and business guidance to its participants.
The two-day event also includes learning sessions about financing, marketing and entrepreneurship as well as networking with investors and business leaders. The presentations will also be live streamed at www.vetbizbattle.com.
The selected finalists were:
Ads for the Road, Austin, Texas
AirZaar, St Louis, Missouri
American Oil Changers, McDonough, Georgia
Anjin, Houston, Texas
Chicken Fountain, Statesville, North Carolina
Cooking Appliances, Houston, Texas
Cystic Fibrosis Continuity of Care, Orlando, Florida
Farm Force, Houston, Texas
Funnel Science, Plano, Texas
Lab Ready, Houston, Texas
MedNoxa, Austin, Texas
Mobile Mechanics, Spring, Texas
Shield International, Wolchester, Connecticut
Trikaroo Orlando, Florida
True Made Foods, Alexandria, Virginia
Veterans Manufacturing, Katy, Texas
Winners will be announced at a dinner Feb. 25 featuring a keynote speech by Lone Survivor Foundation founder and New York Times bestselling author Marcus Luttrell. All finalists have the potential to receive investment offers. The objective of this competition is to launch as many businesses as possible.
Veterans Business Battle was established in 2015 by The Houston chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization and Rice University's Veterans in Business Association. The competition aims to enable entrepreneurship among veterans, grow veteran-owned businesses and give back to veterans seeking to make a difference in the business world. For more information, visit www.vetbizbattle.com
Contact: Sara Yonker, 713-296-0004
SOURCE Veterans Business Battle