What is the cost of the program?
TacticalLaunch is a program of ThinkTank Innovation, Inc. which is a nonprofit (501(c)(3) organization. As such, we do not charge any fees nor take any equity interest in the TacticalLaunch program participant companies.
Who can benefit from this program?
All early-stage entrepreneurs with previous military experience that have an idea for a new business and need help getting started to those that have already founded a company and are seeking help to grow their business.
I am a member of the Army Reserve - can I participate in TacticalLaunch?
Yes. The program is open to all veterans or soon to be transitioning active duty service members, including Airforce, Army, Coastguard, Marines, Navy, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, and Navy Reserve. We support military veterans throughout the journey of starting a business: from the idea stage—where members are thinking about what to do post-service—to the growth stage of successful companies looking to hire, raise capital, and expand into new markets.
Does the TacticalLaunch program provide funding for my business?
TacticalLaunch is an educational program to provide you with tools to help you manage your business. The program is affiliated with VentureMoney Management Co., a San Diego based venture capital company that invests in companies around the globe. You will have the opportunity to meet representatives of VentureMoney during your program participation and will be given the opportunity to present your company idea to them. ThinkTank also maintains many relationships with venture capital firms, angel investors and strategic companies that have an interest in funding viable business opportunities.
How long is the program?
TacticalLaunch participants will meet once a week over a 12-week period for 3-hours of lecture and laboratory time. In addition, you will be required to meet once every two weeks for three-hour, group mentoring sessions and several times throughout the program for 1-on-1 mentoring sessions. The total time commitment for the program is approximately 60 hours.
Where will the program sessions be held?
TacticalLaunch is located at ThinkTank Innovation, Inc. @ WeWork 600 B Street San Diego, CA 92101.
What can I expect to learn by participating in the TacticalLaunch Program?
Our veteran incubator is a broad-based curriculum that should help you answer the following questions related to your business:
- Am I addressing a problem worth solving? What do I do if not?
- How should I structure my business? Why does that matter?
- How do I connect my product to stakeholders through storytelling?
- How do I gain and leverage early adopters?
- Do I need to raise funding? If yes, when and from whom?
- How will I need to iterate my product and prices to fit the market?
I have spent most of my adult life in the military and am seeking help in transitioning to civilian business life. Does TacticalLaunch provide guidance to aid me in this transition?
Yes. we help our program participants to address the unique issues they face as ex-military founders in founding their own business, including:
- The identification and evaluation of your transferable military skills;
- Adjust from military to corporate/civilian speak;
- How to leverage your military contacts, and:
- How to communicate your strengths as a military veteran including precise communication skills, individual accountability, impeccable execution and natural leadership as well as poise, ingenuity, and ability to handle stressful situation.
How many of my co-founders/employees may attend the TacticalLaunch sessions?
You and up to 2 other people from your company may attend each session. All attendees must be a veteran, or soon to be transitioning active duty service members.
How many companies are permitted to participate in each class?
We intend to maintain an intimate settings which will allow for active two-way communication. As such, we will limit the class-size to 10 to 15 companies.