Office of Communications
April 25, 2012
White House “Champion of Change” Alum Ted Lasser
Meets with President Obama to Discuss VETransfer and the Success of VA Program
WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, April 26th, Ted Lasser, Entrepreneur and Champions of Change recipient for Entrepreneurship, will be one of twelve White House Champion Alumni. He will meet with President Obama to examine their Veteran Incubator and Accelerator program in celebration of the program’s one year anniversary. The Champions of Change program was created as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector has been highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, have been recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Since the program began, the White House has hosted over forty Champions of Change events honoring over 500 individuals from all 50 states for their work in their community. This event highlights the great accomplishments the alumni have achieved since initially being honored as White House Champions of Change.
“We created the Champions of Change program to honor ordinary Americans who are doing extraordinary things,” said President Obama. “By making their communities better places to live, our Champions are helping to ensure that our country’s best days lie ahead.”
To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/
Ted Lasser, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran, volunteering for Vietnam, enlisted in the Air Force stationed in Southeast Asia and NATO theaters, currently serves as Executive Director of Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer, Inc. (VETransfer.)
VETransfer is the world’s first business accelerator exclusively for U.S. Military Veterans.
Sponsored by the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs’ Innovation Initiative (VAi2), VETransfer works to strengthen local and national economies by helping Veterans build companies, create jobs, and drive innovation. The unique skills acquired through Military training make entrepreneurship a natural next step for many Veterans. In fact, Veterans are 45% more likely than non-veterans to become entrepreneurs, according to a U.S. Small Business Administration study.
With a physical location in Milwaukee (1101 N. Market St.) and an online training component making services available to Veterans worldwide, VETransfer offers coaching and mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders, as well as access to startup funding, workspace, IT infrastructure, and networking opportunities. Mentoring services include, but are not limited to the following areas: executive management, marketing, sales, project management, finance and accounting, and information technology.
To be recognized as a Champion of Change is a great honor for VETransfer. The recognition has helped the organization reach more Veterans and create strategic partnerships with other entrepreneurial organizations and corporate partners. VETransfer is proud to support over 250 Veteran owned companies, and is consistently incorporating more Veterans into the program.
Contact: Jodi Elias
VETransfer Communications Manager