Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium - 10th Annual

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4001 W Tampa Bay Blvd
Tampa, FL 33614
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This event is designed for Veterans, active-duty personnel, their spouses, and civilian business partners who are interested in starting a business, or already have a small business and need additional knowledge and tools to grow that business. The general public is also welcome to attend, learn, network, and collaborate. You can attend in person at the HCC Dale Mabry Campus, or virtually through Zoom. Please note that only people in attendance on campus will have access to watch the $12, 000 financial pitch competition.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Matthew “Griff” Griffin

Co-Founder and CEO, of Combat Flip Flops

Matthew “Griff” Griffin is a former Special Operations Army Ranger, West Point Graduate, co-founder and CEO of Combat Flip Flops, award-winning documentary producer, and philanthropist.

After serving four combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq with the storied 2d Ranger Battalion, Griff departed the military in 2006 to create positive, sustainable change in conflict areas. With the skills learned in the military, Griff co-founded Combat Flip Flops; manufactured fashion and lifestyle products in war zones used profits to fund girls' education, cleared land mines, and supports veteran charities. The company that everybody thought would fail created a moving TEDx talk, successfully secured Mark Cuban as a partner on Shark tank, and funded education for over 800 girls in Northern Afghanistan.

In addition to building a globally respected philanthropic brand, Griff was a member of the first team to successfully ski off the tallest mountain in Iraq in the award-winning Film, Adventure Not War: Ski Iraq. In 2019, Griff led and executive produced the film, Here Am I, Send Me, a Sundance-recognized film that follows the trail of Griff and fellow Rangers free falling a Gold Star Mother into the opening ceremonies of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

In 2021, Griff founded 46&2 Transitions, a non-profit organization focused on helping transitioning veterans overcome PTSD through holistic methodologies. He is currently leading a 2-year clinical study to prove the effectiveness of focused meditation and plant medicine to heal wounds sustained in combat.

Contact Name Hillsborough Community College

Contact Phone 7272072653

Contact Email

Location Hillsborough Community College

Building Name/Room Number/Site Learning Center (DLRC) 106

Event Type Education

Audience Adults

Participation Cost $0

Pre-registration required? Yes

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