A Marine veteran earned $10,000 for his startup idea of developing a hub that would help veterans better understand their benefits and overcome barriers to success.
Dwayne Kelly won the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab (MVE-Lab) Pitch Night December 4 in Battle Creek. Kelly was among cohort members who spent the last three months in an entrepreneurial course sponsored by Grand Valley.
Kelly, who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said there are a lot of untapped resources for veterans from Veterans Affairs and other veteran service organizations. He added Michigan is 48th among U.S. states in allocating money for veterans.
"Veterans need to hear stories of support and find these connections," Kelly said. "I want to serve underserved veterans."