The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Dayton Tech & Startups

Veteran ENTREPRENEURS - "Vetrepreneurs"

Veterans possess valuable skills and experience which make them great entrepreneurs. Often times, Veterans are not aware of the many resources available to them when starting their own business.

Dayton Tech Guide is here to help with a list of valuable resources specific to entrepreneurial, service men and women trying to launch a great idea. These resources help veterans find training, technology, connections and funding critical to launching a successful business.

Local resources

There are many local programs which can connect veterans to the resources they need to foster a great idea. 

Bunker Labs - Located in Columbus, Bunker Labs focuses on connecting local Veteran start ups with other entrepreneurs, business professionals and investors. The program hosts networking and learning events which cover issues facing Veteran start ups. By the end of 2016, Bunker Labs intends to launch an accelerator program which will include work space, training curriculum and the opportunity to present their ideas to potential investors. 

Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - The Ohio SBDC offers multiple programs for small businesses and entrepreneurs along with specific programs for Veterans. Wright State University offers an extensions of SBDC's services with their own small business development center which operates through the Raj Soin College of Business. 

Veteran Owned Businesses Ohio (VOBOhio) - VOBOhio is a non-profit organization which guides Veteran entrepreneurs to the proper resources they need in order to be successful in launching their idea. 

Vet-Biz Central - Vet-Biz offers entrepreneurial training and counseling, network opportunities, mentoring programs and activities, and advocacy services. They offer services in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. 


The major problem most entrepreneurs face when starting their business is a lack of capital. Capital can refer to assets other than just cash in hand and these resources are sometimes as critical to operations as initial funding. The following sources help veteran entrepreneurs find the capital they need to get their business off the ground.

Street Shares - Street Shares offers fixed rate, term loans for 3-36 months with no prepayment penalties. This funding source makes it easy for entrepreneurs to qualify for and obtain funding. 

Founders First Capital - Founders First Capital Partners, LLC program provides funding and business acceleration support to under-served markets. They focus on businesses led by women, ethnic minorities, and military Veterans.

Angel Investors - This list of angel investors allows entrepreneurs to connect with individual investors who are looking to invest in Veteran start ups.

Hivers & Strivers -  Hivers and Strivers is an Angel Investment Group focusing on early stage investments to support start-up companies founded and run by graduates of the U.S. Military Academies.

Vet-Tech - Vet-Tech is a business accelerator in which Veteran entrepreneurs can apply for the opportunity to gain valuable training and development. After the proper grooming and mentoring, Vet-Tech then connects the company to its extensive network of investors in the Silicon Valley to receive the funding it needs to take the next step. 

Score - This program is a package of free software and services combined with SCORE's mentoring program in order to help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners.

National partners

There are multiple organizations across the nation which help veterans become successful entrepreneurs. With a national presence and multiple corporate partners, these organizations can provide Veteran startups with the information and connections they need.  

US Small Business Administration (SBA) - The SBA provides multiple avenues for Veterans startups to find the resources they need. This organization is responsible for programs such as Boots to Business which is an educational program for Veteran entrepreneurs. The SBA several other programs which include entrepreneurial training and counseling, networking opportunities, mentoring programs and advocacy services.

US Department of Veteran Affairs - As the name implies, the VA operates solely to serve the needs of Veterans. The US Department of VA is responsible for entrepreneur resources such as the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal, VA Accelerator and National Veterans Small Business Engagements.  

NaVOBA - The National Owned Veteran Business Association helps promote Veteran owned businesses across the country. NaVOBA partners with local, state and federal governments as well as corporate America in order to advocate for Veteran entrepreneurs. NaVOBA members receive greater recognition on a larger scale thanks to the resources of NaVOBA. 

Startup Veterans - The Startup Veterans program is designed to provide Veterans with the education, resources, strategies and confidence needed to determine the feasibility of a new idea, launch a new company and successfully grow a business.

Vet Fran - Vet Fran is a strategic initiative of the International Franchise Association which assists Veterans interested in finding franchising opportunities. This organization connects Veterans with the opportunity that fits their franchising goals. 

Veteran's List - Veteran's List We provides citizens, large corporations, and government employees a way to find and support Veteran Owned Business through their searchable directory. They also provide deep discounts on business resources that Veteran owned business need to run their companies. 

Other helpful resources



The Veteran's Corporation - Vet Corp assists entrepreneurs by navigating them through the multiple channels and resources (e.g., SBA and SBDC) in order to find the appropriate contacts and connections to help launch their business.

American Corporate Partners - American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Veterans in their transition from the armed forces to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers Veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling and networking opportunities. 

Business USA - Business USA is a centralized platform for entrepreneurs to access services to help them grow and hire. They enable Veterans to navigate through the complicated resource channels to find things they need from funding to the latest federal regulations.