Veteran Capital Teams With Google for Startups To Place Vets in Tech

Durham-based Veteran Capital has announced its partnership with Google for Startups and will be a part of its 12-month pilot program.

The partnership will allow Veteran Capital over the next year to expand its Fellowship program to help connect military veterans and spouses with startups at Google For Startups partner tech hubs across the country. Veteran Capital will also be able to leverage local Google expertise, its product offerings, and connect Veteran Capital participants with Google advisors.

Veteran Capital CoFounder Tim Horan, an Army veteran and West Point grad, said that he and his Co-Founder and childhood friend Brian Abrahamson are thankful to connect with an organization that not only has the same goals but also will enable Veteran Capital to grow faster.

“We’re grateful to have partnered with (Google for Startups) because of its regional focus in what we’re targeting along with our shared passion to reach, enable and empower veteran entrepreneurs,” Horan said.

Alex Scholz (left), a former Air Force officer and a Veteran Capital Fellow placed with the Durham startup First, works with Maya Cooke, head of Customer Operations at First.

Veteran Capital was founded in May 2018 with a goal of building a bridge between military veterans hoping to work in tech, especially with a goal of becoming entrepreneurs, with tech companies and startup ecosystems. Vets accepted into Veteran Capital’s innovative Fellowship program have the first three to four months of their employment at a tech company covered by the military, giving them a valuable head start.

Horan is also the Veteran in Residence at Durham’s American Underground. Veteran Capital has already placed two vets with AU startups First and ProcessMaker.

Global Partnerships Lead for Google for Startups Genna Mckeel stated that Google is committed to supporting military service members, veterans and spouses as they pursue careers in tech and entrepreneurship.

Veteran Capital’s unique Fellowship program is an important bridge connecting top talent among transitioning service members and their spouses with startups in the American Underground community,” Mckeel said.

Mckeel also stated that Google for Startups is excited to help further partner with this community in the resources that the organization can offer.

“We’ve been a proud partner of American Underground since 2013, and we’re thrilled to double down on our support for this vibrant community and empower Veteran Capital fellows with the tools and resources they need to succeed,” she said.

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