Venture Hive Announces 2016 Veteran Accelerator Program Class

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Venture Hive is happy to announce that seven high growth veteran-owned companies have been selected to participate in the 2016 Venture Hive Veteran Accelerator class.

The Venture Hive Veteran Accelerator was created through a partnership with the City of Fort Walton Beach. The program is a founder-friendly, 12-week accelerator program focusing on individual development and supports global, disrupt-the-industry visions.  The companies selected focus on leveraging the resources and strengths of Florida’s Emerald Coast to scale their companies.

Benefits of participating in the program include a world-class curriculum of highly practical workshops and training session, free working space in Venture Hive’s Fort Walton Beach office  for 12 months, exposure to qualified investors and a Demo Day at the conclusion of the program. This intensive structured program will also provide the selected businesses with access to a dedicated group of business coaches and mentors, highly customized training and a relevant network to scale their ventures, driving the economic growth of the region.

The 2016 Veteran Accelerator class represents the second class of veteran-owned companies to participate in the program.

The veteran accelerator class will run from March 14th through the week of June 6th, 2016. The seven selected companies are:

Aerial Autonomy (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) – An engineering company developing software for commercial customers who record video or images for inspections, monitoring, or other applications. This product is designed to program UAV’s to fly along a customer-entered route without a pilot – safely and reliably. The core technology for precision autonomous flight and navigation was developed for the Department of Defense.

All Around Baby (Navarre, Fla.) – Manufacturers of state-of-the-art baby mobiles using mobile phone technology to offer both monitoring, soothing and educational customized apps to leverage current technology to the traditional baby mobile units.

Airtime Aircraft (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) An engineering company focused on making recreational flying convenient and affordable with their trailerable quick setup amphibious aircraft.

Decurator (Destin, Fla.) – An app-based company that delivers styled home decor solutions in the shape of interactive mood boards. Designed to streamline the decorating process, Decurator helps small interior design stores to stay competitive by lowering their costs and promoting higher furniture sales.

High Caliber Lady (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) – Educating and training women on the use of non-lethal personal protection tools such as stun guns and pepper spray as well as pistol safety and marksmanship.

Holy Kidz Summer Camps (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) – Firm franchising Christian based programs by providing cost effective camps for religious organizations. The camps focus on providing children, ages 5-16, a safe, fun-filled environment.

Sharing Hands Network (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) – The Sharing Hands Network exists to improve the lives of families and individuals in need by facilitating awareness of, and a connection to, those organizations and individuals who have resources to share.


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