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Veteran-directed incubator, The Armory, kicks off startup finance forum

The Armory Incubator today announced that JPMorgan Chase & Co will serve as Presenting Sponsor of its Finance and Capital for Veteran-led Startups Speaker Series, which will assist military veterans to launch new ventures in the Phoenix metropolitan area. On the first Thursday of every month beginning in September, renowned national and local financial experts will share practical knowledge and lead lively workshops in a two-hour format sure to benefit entrepreneurs who wore the nation’s uniform.
“JPMorgan Chase is pleased to support the Speaker Series as part of our commitment to empower veterans and equip them with the tools and resources they need to succeed in civilian life,” said Ross Brown, head of the firm’s Military and Veterans Affairs office. “We know that veterans have the skills and the drive to launch startups, and we’re proud to partner with The Armory to help them with the fundamentals of business finance.”
RJ Jones, Vice President of Investor and Corporate Relations for Zillow Group, will be the Inaugural Speaker on September 7, 2017. “RJ is a close friend, an Army veteran, and one of the country’s top experts on the confluence of equity capital and veteran founders. He’s a prime example of the caliber of speaker ready to educate and inspire the veteran entrepreneur community here in Phoenix,” said The Armory Incubator’s CEO Phillip Potter.
Potter added, “This Speaker Series marks The Armory’s next growth phase as we add portfolio companies, expand services, bring on more mentors, and chart a strategic course to make Phoenix the national epicenter for veteran entrepreneurship. Fast Company recently named The Armory as the state’s top innovation for 2017 and we aim to live up to that billing. We’ve received tremendous support and we couldn’t be more pleased to now count JPMorgan Chase as a local and national corporate partner. Their dedication to veterans and startups is unmatched.”
“Through our local philanthropic giving, JPMorgan Chase has been a strong supporter of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and veterans’ initiatives,” said Noreen Bishop, Managing Director and Market Manager for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Arizona. “Therefore, we’re excited to extend our support to a program that’s helping veteran entrepreneurs who are trying to grow their businesses and contribute to our economy.”
The inaugural September 7th event will take place at The Armory Incubator, a co-working space and incubator facility for veteran-led startups located within the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix. The event is free of charge to veterans seeking to launch or scale a new business. Scheduled events will take place the first Thursday of each month. Event details and registration can be found online at www.veteranstartups.splashthat.com.
About The Armory Incubator
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, “The Armory” is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting military veterans as they launch and scale startups. The Armory’s co-working space, programs, services, and mentor network offer veterans the opportunity to learn and discover what it takes to bring new technologies, services, and products to market efficiently and effectively. More information can be found at armoryUP.org.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Veterans Initiatives
JPMorgan Chase has supported our veterans since before World War I. Since 2011, JPMorgan Chase has hired more than 12,000 veterans, 1,200 in Arizona, and facilitated 400,000 veteran hires through the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition; awarded more than 900 mortgage-free homes to military families in need, 38 in Arizona; helped 7,500 veterans and military spouses complete 10,500 career certifications through Veterans Career Transition Program at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Learn more at: www.jpmorganchase.com/veterans.

About Phoenix

Phoenix is the fifth-largest American city, home to 1.6 million people. The most populous state capital, it was named the 2017 “Highest Performing City” by Governing Magazine. Key industries include advanced business and financial services, technology, health and life sciences, hospitality, and advanced manufacturing. At 517 square miles, with world-renowned mountain trails and opportunity for diverse lifestyles, Phoenix has the shortest average commute times among the 12 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Founded in 1868, Phoenix’s wild-west roots grew to host major events in a dynamic downtown for the Super Bowl, NCAA championships and music festivals. For more information, visit Phoenix.gov.

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