Battle of the Pitches

Join Us to See Who Will Win!

Register today to join us on June 2, 2018 as veterans from our Master Advanced Program compete for a prize pool totaling $30,000! Contestants will pitch their individual business proposals for the opportunity to be named the ‘Top New Veteran Entrepreneur in Florida’. Additional prizes for contestants will include First Overall, Second Overall, Third Overall, and People’s Choice (chosen by the audience). This special event is open to veterans, investors, supporters, entrepreneurs, and media to attend.


Winners will be announced at a Celebratory Reception following the presentations and include a Veteran-Owned Business (VOB) Marketplace. The marketplace includes only VOB’s from throughout the State of Florida.

Event & Registration Details

Register today! Space is limited and will go fast.The first 100 attendees at the Celebratory Reception will receive a signed copy of Who Owns the Icehouse by our Keynote Speaker, Gary Schoeniger. The first 150 registrants will receive a free event t-shirt. Your $10 ticket also includes:

  • Lunch
  • Live Entertainment by Blackbird Anthem
  • Access to the VOB Marketplace
  • Heavy hors-d’oeuvres
  • Cocktails

Event Location

The Italian Club
1731 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

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Featuring Gary Schoeniger, Keynote Speaker

Author and entrepreneur Gary Schoeniger has emerged as an internationally-recognized thought leader in the field of entrepreneurial mindset education and training. He is the co-author of Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur, an international bestseller described as “required reading for humanity.”

Drawing from decades of research, Gary led the design and development of the original Ice House Entrepreneurship Program through a partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He has presented around the world including the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, European Commission, U.S. State Department, and the Colombian Ministry of Education.


Schedule of Events:

10:00 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions

10:20 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Gary Schoeniger

10:55 a.m. – Meet the Contestants

11:00 a.m. – Lunch

Noon – Vetrepreneur Battle of the Pitches Presentations

1:30 p.m. – Break

1:45 p.m. – Vetrepreneur Battle of the Pitches Presentations, cont.

4:00 p.m. – Veteran-Owned Business (VOB) Marketplace Opens, Cocktail Reception, & Book Signing w/ Gary Schoeniger

5:00 p.m. – Winners Announced

5:15 p.m. – Live Music & Celebration

7:00 p.m. – End


If you require accommodations on the day of the event or with the event hotel, contact Allison Rudd, Program Manager, Veterans Florida.


Thank you to the following businesses and organizations for their sponsorship of this event!

AARP The Veterans Trust