EMPOWERING VETERAN ENTREPRENEURS

 

 
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Military veterans represent a competitive advantage: They are a unique class of citizens whose experience, leadership ability, skill set, work ethic and character drive performance in the companies for which they work.

 
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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to match military veterans with the execution resources that they need in order to build and operate businesses.

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OUR THESIS

Our guiding thesis is that military veterans create a significant, sustainable competitive advantage in business and particularly in young, dynamic companies. We believe that by empowering veterans to build businesses we will strengthen and support our local economy, create jobs and empower a unique class of citizens who want to create thriving commercial enterprises.

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OUR STORY

1836 was founded in 2017 by a group military veterans and successful business leaders. We saw that the members of Houston’s veteran community had great entrepreneurial potential but that they needed resources: financial and otherwise in order to succeed. We founded 1836 to help meet these needs. We began by contributing non-dilutive capital to organizations within Houston that support veteran entrepreneurship; several of which are listed on our Partners page.

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OUR FOCUS

We believe that our greatest impact will come from leveraging our time, talent, and networks, to support veteran entrepreneurs. We will also continue to raise and deploy philanthropic capital when we see opportunities to catalyze growth and change.


 

HOW WE WORK

We work closely with entrepreneurs to connect them to our networks, provide hands on assistance, execution resources, guidance and technical skills as needed. Individual members of 1836 make direct investments into veteran run business.

 
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Investment

Members of our network make direct investments into veteran run startups & businesses.

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Execution

We work closely with entrepreneurs to provide hands on assistance.

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Network

We leverage the power of our collective network to help accelerate businesses. 

 
 
Veterans make great entrepreneurs. At 1836 we believe that by empowering this unique group of citizens we will drive economic growth in our community, provide meaningful employment for the citizens who need it most, and produce attractive financial returns for our investors.
— JEFF REAMER, 1836 Managing Director
 
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Why Houston?

The Greater Houston area is home to more than 300,000 military veterans, one of the largest concentrations in the nation. In the past 10 years, Houston has seen amazing growth in all of its sectors, from the workforce, to the neighborhoods, to the culture, to the schools. Time and time again, Houston has appeared at the top of many lists on best places to live, work, and grow in the United States.  The goal is to establish an advisory board of Houston business leaders from a cross section of industries and to create a viable veteran entrepreneur program in the Greater Houston area by integrating a network that would reduce inefficiencies in the transition process, increasing the impact veterans have in our community, and making Houston the place of choice for veterans.

 
 

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