Veterans have been at the helm of some of the most forward-looking, dynamic businesses that have recently emerged and/or been around for years — from FedEx, founded by Marine Corps Veteran Fred Smith; to Phyllis Newhouse, US Army Veteran and founder of Xtreme Solutions; to Blake Hall, Army Ranger Veteran and founder of ID.me; to Samantha Snabes, Air National Guard Veteran and founder of our 7th Annual Startup of the Year, re:3D (pictured below). In fact, veterans own one in ten of the country’s businesses, employ nearly 5 million American workers, and produce more than $1 trillion(!) in sales each year.
As part of the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit produced by Established, at least ten of the top 100 semifinalists will also compete for the .US Veteran Startup of the Year $10K non-dilutive cash prize sponsored by .US (the domain name extension used by millions of brands and businesses across the world), in addition to prizes that could be offered from the Startup of the Year competition itself. Past prizes have included investment, travel points, laptops, printers, office hours, and more. Also, .US is offering a free .US domain to all participants.
“On behalf of the .US domain, which Neustar manages on behalf of the U.S. Government, we are honored that .US will be the exclusive sponsor of The .US Veteran Startup of the Year Competition,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Vice President of Neustar’s Registry Solutions business. “Veteran entrepreneurs contribute to the growth and prosperity of the U.S. economy in so many ways — and this sponsorship is one way we can show our support for Veterans seeking to start and grow their business online.”
Established already works with many inspirational partners on their innovation strategies, such as AFWERX and NASA iTech, that are focused on helping diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level.
As Jen Consalvo, Co-CEO, Established, puts it, “To be able to work with a respected company like Neustar and .US in order to recognize U.S. veterans and all they have contributed to the startup and entrepreneurial business community, is a really inspiring opportunity.”