The 4th annual Veterans Business Battle will take place at Rice University in Houston, Texas April 13-14.  The Business Battle is a pitch competition that invites veteran entrepreneurs to explain their business plan for the opportunity to win investment.  “The Veterans Business Battle is the nation’s largest veteran-owned business competition” offering more than $2.5 million of investment since its creation in 2015.  The competition was “founded by members of the Houston chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization,” and has grown into a popular veteran entrepreneur event.

This year, “VIBA, a student organization for MBA students at the Jones School of Business who are military veterans” will run the competition.  The student organization has also partnered with VetToCEO, “a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans transition and succeed in business ownership through online courses” and VETTED, a training resource management organization for veterans in Austin and College Station. “As part of the new role VIBA has in the competition, students in a graduate level course will analyze applications and partner with businesses to enhance their business plans.”

The application deadline for the pitch competition is March 1st, so if you’re interested or know someone who would be interested in participating, check out

Businesses must be majority-held by a military veteran and reside in the United States. Finalists will be invited to pitch their business to a panel of investors at Rice University April 13-14.