Our Visit to the White House

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At the invitation of the White House, we attended the “Veteran Entrepreneurship Workshop” on February 24.  We were joined by two of our Victory Spark startups,  Emil Harmsen – Pysberfire and Juan Gomez – 425, Inc. The event was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Todd Park, Assistant to the President and U.S. Chief Technology Officer, […]


LYST and X-Forces (Part 4 of the UK Trip)

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On day three, we would meet two of our twins from across the pond: LYST, which works in impoverished areas around the U.K., and X-Forces, which helps U.K. military Veterans start businesses. We began day three with a trip to Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. We visited the LYST center in Tottenham – […]


Bristol (Part 3 of the UK Trip)

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On day two, we travelled to Bristol. Our trip began with a walk from our hotel in Kensington Square to Paddington Station. Our first order of business at the train station was coffee! We found a Starbucks and fueled up. Tom and Mark joined us for the journey, which took us past the beautiful city […]


Wayra and UnLtd. (Post 2 from the UK Trip)

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On the first afternoon of our trip, we visited Wayra and UnLtd. Our host from Wayra was Charmaine Eggberry, who is the Director of Wayra U.K., along with several members of her team. We were also joined by Tom Fox and Esther Foreman from UnLtd. Telefonica is the founder and primary funder of Wayra. It began in […]


GEC Visits the UK at the invitation of the UK Government

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This past September, Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State and Member of Parliamet for the United Kingdom, was traveling across the U.S. to learn about programs that could be of interest to his Department for Work and Pensions (similar to our Department of Labor). On September 19, he and his team stopped by to learn […]


UW-Milwaukee Kicks Off 2nd Lean LaunchPad Course

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Today, we kick off our second Lean LaunchPad (LLP) class at UW-Milwaukee, under the School of Information Studies, with 12 undergraduates from various schools across the University, one student visiting from the University of Toledo (winner of Startup Weekend in Toledo, OH), and two members of the Milwaukee community, one of which is Sproutr, who won Startup […]


What is an accelerator?

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At a high level, we would define an accelerator as, “a program run by entrepreneurs for a discrete period of time (usually 12-weeks) that helps other entrepreneurs get their business started or grow their business to the next stage.” Recently, in a blog post titled, “A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network,” Brad […]


Thank a Military “Veteran Entrepreneur” Today!

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Last week Friday, Vetransfer was honored to receive an Innovation Award grant from the AT&T Foundation. AT&T Wisconsin President, Scott VanderSanden, awarded the $10,000 grant at the Milwaukee County War Memorial to Vetransfer to help sustain its ongoing operations. The event not only recognized the grant, but it kicked off Veteran’s Week with the Cell Phone […]


Who Should You Raise Money From?

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Beggars can’t be choosers – or should they be? If you’re a startup raising capital you should be selective as to whom you raise money from. The moment you take capital from an investor your company culture changes. You are no longer a bootstrapping team of entrepreneurial misfits but you now have a new partner […]


21st Century Entrepreneurship

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We use the phrase “21st Century Entrepreneurship” to capture what we think are the three core elements of modern innovation. By “innovation,” we mean an “invention” that is “implemented.” “Inventions” are novel solutions represented by products or services. When an invention is “implemented” it creates market value. The act of creating market value drives important […]