Veteran Business Summit

ThuRsday, May 9, 2024

GuideWell innovation center - Orlando, FL

Our Biggest Summit Yet

The Veterans Business Summit, an initiative by the Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative (VEI), provides the military veteran business community with a platform to educate, empower and support early-stage, veteran-led companies with innovative products and services. The Summit will kick off on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at the GuideWell Innovation Center in Lake Nona, Orlando, FL.


The Veteran Business Summit convenes veteran business owners and leaders from across the region with the goal of fostering innovation and collaboration amongst the military veteran business community to further empower veterans in entrepreneurship.


Become Empowered

  • Learn from other successful veteran business owners, sharing a blend of perspectives on the most important issues facing them today.
  • Learn and connect with organizations specialized in providing access to capital.

Be Inspired

  • Take away new ideas to help you or your organization grow, and be inspired to put those ideas into practice.
  • Meet and learn from other successful stories.


Get Connected

  • Connect with other successful veteran business owners and executives.
  • Meet decision-makers, leaders, entrepreneurs, resource partners and expand your network.

Our Past Sponsors

Sponsorship Package

Past Speakers

Buddy Dyer

Mayor

City of Orlando

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Jerry Demings

Mayor

Orange County


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Jon Macaskill

Keynote Speaker

Navy SEAL Commander (Ret.)

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Paul Sohl

CEO

Florida High Tech Corridor

(Rear Admiral, Navy, Ret.)

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David Smith

Member

Florida House of Representatives

(Col, USMC, Ret.)

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Ricardo Garcia

Co-Founder

Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative (VEI)

(Air Force Veteran)

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Rafael Caamano

Co-Founder

Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative (VEI)

(Army Veteran)

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Kathy Chiu

Managing Partner

DeepWork Capital

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Steve Walters

Co-CEO, President & COO

Hoverfly Technologies

(Army Veteran)

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Gabe Ruiz

President & Founder

Advanced IT Concepts

(LTC, Army, Ret.)

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Jason Eddy

President

AIT Engineering

(Air Force Veteran)


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Chris Chambers

CEO

Serious Simulations

(Army Veteran)

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Cherrise Wilks

President & CEO

Affinity Consulting Group NEFL

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Rupert Meghnot

Co-Founder

Orlandopreneur

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Dr. Chris Libutti

Program Director

Central Florida Tech Grove

(Army Veteran)

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Orlando Santiago Perez

Compliance Analyst

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority


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Kesi Warren

Senior Contract/

Service-Disabled Veterans Administrator

Orange County Business Development

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Willie Johnson

VP, Supplier and Workforce Diversity

VyStar Credit Union

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Dawn Ofodile

Regional Community Engagement Manager

VyStar Credit Union

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Karla Ray

Anchor & Reporter

WFTV.com



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Past

Summit Highlights

01

Veteran Success Panel

Veteran leaders from established veteran-led companies share insight into their entrepreneurial journey.

02

Purchasing Panel

Purchasing agents from government and corporations in the region share insights on how to do business as a veteran-led company.

03

Funding Your Business Panel

Funders and companies who've successfully raised capital to scale their business share insights on best practices.

04

Keynote Speaker

An inspiring keynote from a fellow veteran and entrepreneur with a powerful story.

05

Networking Reception

The culmination of the summit, connect with other successful veteran business owners.


Building Exterior

Veteran Business Summit

WHEN:

Thursday, May 9, 2024


WHERE:

GuideWell Innovation Center

6555 Sanger Rd, Orlando, FL 32827


CONTACT:

Ricardo Garcia

Co-Founder & Director of Programs

Ricardo@vei.center

See you at

the summit!

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