Veterans Business Incubator

Recognizing Sacrifice

We know that your service meant sacrifice. SCF created the Veterans Business Incubator (VBI) to help recognize that professional and personal sacrifice. We provide the resources, expertise and mentors you’ll need to launch and grow your business.

  • Cohort 20-01 completed successfully Dec. 2020
  • Details for the next cohort are TBD – please sign up for notifications.

One quarter of active duty military personnel want to start their own business. Less than 5% do. We're here to bridge that gap.

Veterans Business Incubator


Pitch night photo of Veterans Business Incubator Cohort 20-01
Cohort 20-01, SCF Veterans Business Incubator


Headshot of Nkosi Bell

Nkosi Bell

VBI Participant
Logo: Newtown Brew

Nkosi is the Homeless Outreach coordinator at the Suncoast Partnership to end homelessness and an Army veteran. His business idea, Newtown Brew was in development stage during the program.

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Jobie Langston

VBI Participant

Jobie is an Army veteran and logistics specialists. His business idea “Sarge’s Kid Car Go” was in ideation phase during the program.

April Caldwell headshot

April Caldwell

VBI Participant
FayVen logo

FayVen curates pop-up shopping, dining, and entertainment events for mobile vendors and artisans at local venues.

April is Co-Founder & CEO, a USAF veteran and winner of the corhorts pitch competition.

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Andre Grant

VBI Participant

Andre’s product ideas were in development during the program.

Andre is a Veteran’s Service advisor at SCF and the winner of his cohort’s ideation group pitch competition.

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Joshua Bodkin

VBI Participant
EVEX App logo

EVEX is a live fitness instruction app for instructors and users. EVEX allows influencers to monetize their passion. Users can connect with their favorite instructors and

Josh is Co-Founder of EVEX and an Army reserve veteran. He is also the owner of Solarwave Media, a local digital marketing, branding and content production company.

Vlad Ljesevic headshot

Vladimir Ljesevic

VBI Participant
EVEX App logo

EVEX is a live fitness instruction app for instructors and users. EVEX allows influencers to monetize their passion. Users can connect with their favorite instructors and sign up for live training.

Vlad is Co-Founder of EVEX and an Austrian Armed Forces veteran. He is also the Head Of Business Development at JKL Design Group Inc.

Johnny Crowder headshot

Johnny Crowder

VBI Participant
Cope Notes Daily Mental Health Support logo

Cope Notes is a mental health platform that uses text messages to improve mental and emotional health.

Johnny is Founder & CEO and a mental health advocate.

Dennis Schmitt CEO and Founder, Nurotech

Dennis Schmitt

VBI Participant
neuro20 technologies efficient health logo

Neuro20 Technologies is committed to transform health and wellness through scientific research based practices utilizing electro-muscle stimulation.

Dennis is CEO and founder.



Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
Oct. 6 - Dec. 03, 2020

Tuesday Evening Classes

Date Class # Topic
Oct. 06 1 Introduction
Oct. 13 2 Meet the Mentors
Oct. 20 3
Business Model Canvas - Matt Harper
Director, SCF Incubator
Oct. 27
4 Customer Discovery - Robert Blacklidge
Director of Entrepreneurship at Domi Station
Nov. 03
5 Finance and Accounting - Mitchell Lamazov
Executive Director of Finance at Excellence Performance
Nov. 10 6 Legal Basics - Mark Ingram
Corridor Legal
Nov. 17 7 Sales and Marketing - Kim Richmond
SCF Entrepreneurship Program Manager
Nov. 24 8 Presenting and Storytelling - Allison Shapira
Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author
Dec. 01 9 Funding - Richard Munassi
Founding Partner & Managine Director, Blackfin Venture Partners

Thursday Evening Speakers and Events

Date Event
Oct. 08 Steven G. Edwards
Managing Partner, Premier Virtual
Oct. 29 Program Dinner & Social
Nov. 05
Joseph Nadolski
Co-founder, Pursetto
Nov. 12
Cancelled due to Hurricane Eta
Mike Lahiff, Founder of ZeroEyes
Nov. 19
Pitch Decks - Matt Harper
Director, SCF Incubator
Dec. 03 Pitch Day & Reception

Affiliate Network

The below examples represent successful former participants of our director’s programs. They’ve all volunteered to help the SCF VBI startups.

These stellar examples have all helped each other and have built and grown successful businesses. They are part of the wider veteran entrepreneur community and we are proud to have them on board.

Jackson Dalton

Jackson Dalton, MPH, CSP

Founder and President
Black Box Safety Logo

Black Box Safety specializes in workplace injury prevention. They provide site and organizational risk analysis, custom risk mitigation plans and they distribute high quality personal safety equipment and apparel.

Jackson is a retired Marine with a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and a BA in Business Management. He has been recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST).

photo of Bruce Long

Bruce Long

Founder & CEO
Perfecto Logo

Perfecto Coffee supplies coffee and kiosks using a patented automated barista process. They provide customizable coffee drinks with premium roasted beans, fresh milk, and quality gourmet syrups that are ready-made in under a minute. Every Perfecto Coffee customer is guaranteed a delicious cup of coffee, just the way they like it.

Bruce Long is the founder and a 15-year active duty USMC veteran.

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Sinuhe Montoya

Drone Quote logo

DroneQuote is an online marketplace helping customers find the best solution for solar and roofing systems. The company uses drone technology to help ensure accuracy, increase accuracy and protect property.

Sinuhe Montoya spent several years in the solar & roofing industry and us a US Army veteran.

Jaden Risner

Jaden Risner

Co-Founder & CEO
Family Proud logo

Family Proud is a care management tool that connects patients and families to critical community and resources during a time of need.

Jaden is a graduate of the Naval Academy, UCSD MBA, and Naval Aviator for over 12 years.

photo of Ty Smith

Ty Smith

Founder & CEO
CommSafe.AI Logo

CommSafe AI is a technology company that specializes in conflict and violence prevention. They deliver threat & vulnerability assessments, emergency operations plans and workplace security programs for corporations, insurance companies, biotechnology firms, hospitals, schools & more.

Ty Smith is the Founder and CEO. He is a retired United States Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer.

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