Veteran-Led Companies in Alumni Ventures’ Portfolio
We honor some of the brave founders who've served our nation
According to the U.S. SBA, there are nearly 2 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S., which employ over 5 million Americans and generate $1.3 trillion annually. Below we honor some of the brave founders in our portfolio who’ve served our nation. Join us in celebrating both their exceptional patriotism and contributions to innovation.
Entrepreneurship Resources for Veterans
- Air Force: Office of Small Business — Veteran-Owned Programs
- Army: Solider for Life — Entrepreneurship Programs
- Marines: Office of Small Business Programs
- Navy: Office of Naval Research — Small Business Programs
- VA: Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
- William & Mary: The Veteran Entrepreneur Scholars Program
The U.S. Air Force’s Office of Small Business Programs “recognizes that U.S. military veterans have provided invaluable service to the nation in times of peace and war.” The department’s Small Business Innovation Research program invests more than $1 billion each year in small business technology and offers special services for women and veterans who are socially and economically disadvantaged.
Livingston HolderCo-Founder & CTO, Radian Aerospace
Radian Aerospace is developing space systems designed to carry passengers to low Earth orbit and back. Radian’s products and capabilities aim to give commercial and government customers easy access to orbital space planes.
Daniel RobinsonFounder & CEO, Red 6
Red 6 is an augmented reality (AR) technology firm that provides applications for military air combat training. The company produces AR headsets that pilots wear in the sky while flying real aircraft to simulate virtual dog fights, aircraft carrier landings, mid-air refuelings, and more.
Grant JordanCEO, SkySafe
SkySafe is the developer of a security system designed to protect airspace from drone attacks or surveillance. Using advanced radio tech, reverse engineering, and deep threat analysis, SkySafe enables clients to maintain airspace security by detecting and controlling malicious and reckless drones. It also provides tools to safely and effectively operate authorized drones.
John SerafiniCEO & Board Member, HawkEye 360
HawkEye 360 is a Radio Frequency (RF) data analytics company operating a commercial satellite constellation to identify, process, and geolocate a broad set of RF signals. With the power to reveal hidden and previously uncharted activities across land, sea, and air, the company creates powerful analytical products that solve hard challenges for their global customers.
Christopher MolaroCEO, NeuroFlow
NeuroFlow has developed an integrated platform to address behavioral health in all care settings. Its software enables healthcare professionals to deliver collaborative, measurement-based care to patients through personalized tools and resources.
Samar ParikhCo-Founder & CEO, Pathfinder Health
Pathfinder Health offers a digital platform that leverages machine learning to provide parents and providers with insights into early childhood development needs. Pathfinder’s app is used by parents for insights into their child’s motor development — based on CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines — which can be relayed to providers to assess and prescribe solutions.
Bret Boyd and Michael MorfordCo-Founders, Sustainment
Sustainment is a SaaS platform connecting manufacturing vendors and U.S. machine shops with their enterprise customers. Its platform incorporates algorithm-based matching and optimization, encrypted transfer protocols, and semi-autonomous sourcing techniques to provide an intuitive customer experience for sourcing teams and manufacturing vendors.
The U.S. Marine’s Office of Small Business Programs is a “gateway for small businesses,” offering services for veteran-owned, service-disabled, HUBZone, small disadvantaged, and women-owned small businesses. The department aims to foster industry innovation, technology development, and the acquisition of quality products, services and solutions from small business providers.
Hunter SebresosCEO, Bacon
Bacon Work is a virtual marketplace for gig workers and freelancers seeking flexible work shifts and for companies wanting to fill open shifts with temporary independent contract workers. Bacon’s platform allows employers to post part-time or temporary jobs, check the rating and background of individual applicants, and connect with applicants in real time to fill positions.
John B. Rogers, Jr.CEO, Haddy
Haddy is a micro-manufacturer of furniture produced through direct digital manufacturing using machine learning and 3D printing. The company uses 100% reusable materials, meaning that industrial recycling programs or Haddy itself can take entire pieces and recycle them into brand-new furniture.
Branigan MulcahyCo-Founder, Virdee
Virdee is a SaaS company providing virtual reception and customer engagement software that helps building owners manage and simplify access and authentication experiences for residents, visitors, and property staff. Virdee saves staff time and reduces friction by automating front-of-house workflows and connecting disparate platforms via its mobile application and in-lobby experiences.
The U.S. Navy’s Office of Small Business Programs is responsible for supporting a variety of small business concerns, including veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. The office maintains an active outreach program to identify potential Small Business Program participants by attending and participating in government-industry conferences throughout the United States.
Geoffrey EichCEO, Blue Note Therapeutics
Blue Note Therapeutics has developed a platform that makes mental health care more easily available to cancer patients. Its platform helps reduce anxiety, depression, and other distress related to cancer by delivering clinically validated, prescription mental health therapies to patients via their own mobile devices.
Josh SteinmanCo-Founder & CEO, Galvanick
Galvanick’s platform enables companies to secure their industrial infrastructure and minimize cyber risk. Its scalable, cloud-native analysis platform helps industrial companies secure their operations and reduce the time to detection of anomalous behavior on their most sensitive assets.
Mike MaherCo-Founder & CEO, Newfound Group
Newfound (formerly Houwzer) is a next-generation provider of residential real estate brokerage and associated services. Houwzer changed its name to Newfound when it completed a merger with a peer company, Trelora.
Dan DoneyCo-Founder & CTO, Securrency
Securrency is a financial and regulatory technology company that is harnessing blockchain to deliver white-labeled, institutional-grade digital asset marketplaces and stimulate global liquidity. Its fully interoperable and patented Compliance Aware Token Framework interconnects traditional financial platforms and next-generation blockchain networks.
Joe WolfelCo-Founder & CEO, Terradpeth
Terradepth is a data-as-a-service company that collects high-resolution undersea information and makes it accessible to industries, researchers, and others. The company has developed an unmanned submersible vehicle system that captures detailed underwater data, which — paired with big data analytics and machine learning— delivers insights into the oceans.
Timothy HermanCEO, UpEquity
UpEquity’s platform makes the application and approval process for home loans more efficient while also enabling customers to make cash offers to home sellers. Its tech-enabled platform enables home buyers to close offers faster by offering them a combination of free cash offers, automated underwriting, and low mortgage rates.
Andrew DugglebyCo-Founder & CTO, Venus Aerospace
Venus Aerospace focuses hypersonic technology to improve global travel, enabling passengers to travel more quickly and efficiently. The company’s primary aim is to build a plane that can travel across the globe in just an hour. The main complication with traditional hypersonics is the amount of heat put off by engines — causing the device to melt. Venus uses a hypersonic technology that cools the engine.
AV Portfolio Companies for Veterans
Bravo Sierra is a lifestyle and personal care brand centered around a military brand ethos, with 5% of all sales going to military quality-of-life support. The company crowdsources ideas and field-tests products with 2,500 active members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces to develop men’s personal care products available at major retailers such as Walmart and Amazon. Learn More »
GoodTrust is a one-stop digital legacy and end-of-life planning platform, providing a digital executor service. The company offers veterans a free GoodTrust Premium Plan for 12 months, and their families will receive a 50% discount on the GoodTrust service fee when helping to manage the digital accounts of a loved one who has passed away. Learn More »
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