King, Krebs & Jurgens Sponsors VetLaunch Accelerator Pitch Competition


King, Krebs & Jurgens is pleased to sponsor the 3rd Annual VetLaunch "From Combat to Careers" Accelerator Pitch Competition during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. On Monday, March 20, nine veterans-turned-entrepreneurs from the VetLaunch Class of 2017 will present their business models to a team of judges with the hopes of earning a $25,000 prize package to help start or expand their venture. Each candidate will have three minutes to present their concept followed by another five minutes to field questions about their business model. The judges will convene after all pitches are completed and select a competition winner the same day.

Each veteran has participated in the twelve-week VetLaunch Business Accelerator which is based out of the Landing Zone in the Lower Garden District and helps entrepreneurial veterans and veteran spouses launch their own successful businesses. The “VetReps” are connected with mentors, resources, and training that culminate in this final Pitch Competition at NOEW.

Featured judges of the competition include:

  • Chef John Besh, former Marine,
  • Kirk Coco, former Navy and CEO of Nola Brewery,
  • Marcus Capone, former Navy SEAL and on the History Channel's The Show,
  • Clint Bruce, former Navy SEAL and NFL player, and
  • Cooper Manning.

While the event is free and open to the public, attendees are asked to RSVP at

VetLaunch (, a non-profit organization devoted to providing veterans the resources to effectively make the change from military to civilian life, offers assistance from business start-up help to job training and placement.

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