Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network Hosts Veteran Shark Tank
Local Non-Profit Supports Veteran-Owned Businesses in 4th Annual Event
PRESS RELEASE NOV 21, 2016
November 21, 2016 (Press Release) – PHILADELPHIA–Non-profit organization Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network (GPVN) is promoting and supporting area veteran entrepreneurs through its fourth Veteran Shark Tank.
“GPVN is again excited again to offer this incredible opportunity to local aspiring veteran entrepreneurs. The competition will allow them to sharpen their business pitch, gain feedback from business leaders, and vie for a substantial cash prize and in-kind business support services as they launch their new venture.”
Similar to the ABC network’s popular television show “Shark Tank,” five aspiring entrepreneurs, who are military veterans, will pitch their business plan to an audience and panel of “sharks” at the GPVN Veteran Shark Tank event. The winning pitch will receive a monetary prize and business services. This year, Colonel John C. Church, USMCR and president of Valley Forge Military Academy & College, will be the keynote speaker. Comcast will be the presenting sponsor. The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m., at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.
Alex Archawski, Navy veteran and founder of Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network says, “GPVN is again excited again to offer this incredible opportunity to local aspiring veteran entrepreneurs. The competition will allow them to sharpen their business pitch, gain feedback from business leaders, and vie for a substantial cash prize and in-kind business support services as they launch their new venture.”
One of the event’s previous contestants was JDog Junk Removal & Hauling. JDog is a national franchise dedicated to increasing post-military career opportunities for veterans. Franchises are offered exclusively to military veterans and their family members. Franchisees operate easily recognizable, camouflage vehicles and trailers and wear military-style uniforms. With more than 110 franchise territories awarded in 29 states, the company is experiencing rapid growth. This year, Major General USMC (ret) Douglas O’Dell, who also sits as a chairman on the JDog Joint Chiefs Advisory Board, will be a judge on the Veteran Shark Tank panel.
“Organizations like the GPVN raise awareness for veteran issues and business ideas,” said Major General O’Dell. “This event in particular helps attract investors for veterans who are aspiring entrepreneurs, and inspires the community to attend in support of our veterans.”
The event sold out last year. To purchase limited tickets still available, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-veteran-shark-tank-tickets-27838444537. For information about JDog and its franchising opportunities, please visit www.jdog.com.
About Greater Philadelphia Veteran Network
The primary mission of the GPVN is three-fold: to assist veterans, National Guard and reservists to find work through career service, programs/incentives, mentorships, networking and job leads; to educate employers in the greater Philadelphia area on how to hire local veterans; and to offer veteran professional leadership and entrepreneurship programs.