Student Startup Madness Partners with Student Veterans of America, Extends Deadline for Student Veteran Entrepreneurs

SYRACUSE, N.Y., November 1, 2017 – In an effort to support and encourage student veteran entrepreneurs, Student Veterans of America, the nation’s leading coalition of on-campus student-veteran groups, is partnering with Student Startup Madness (SSM), a collegiate startup competition, to expand outreach and give a voice to student veteran entrepreneurs on college campuses across America.

For the past 9 years, Student Veterans of America (SVA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has made its mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and beyond. The organization directly addresses challenges faced by on-campus student veterans; SVA has funded over $1 million in scholarships, provides leadership training and resources, and advocates for student veterans in Washington, DC.

In support of the mission of Student Veterans of America, SSM is extending its October 20th “early admission” deadline for student veteran-founded startup teams to November 15th. The benefits of early admission include less competition for “early admission” spots and more time for teams to plan ahead and prepare their pitch materials, if they are selected for the semi-finals.

“We are proud to have SVA as our partner, and hope that by extending the early admission deadline, we can encourage even more applications from student veteran entrepreneurs,” said Sean Branagan, founder of SSM.

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About Student Startup Madness

The Student Startup Madness concept was developed by Sean Branagan, director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, in conjunction with SXSW.

Student Startup Madness, along with its sponsors and host universities, believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience.

For more on Student Startup Madness, visit the website ( and follow SSM on Facebook:

About Student Veterans of America

SVA is the country’s premier organization for student veterans. SVA supports all veterans through their transition from the military, educational advancement, and career growth. SVA represents a network of nearly 1,500 chapters on campuses in all 50 states and four countries representing over 600,000 student veterans at those colleges and universities. For more information, visit us at