Success Story: Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant served as Field Artillery Officer (Captain) in US Marines (3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division) with deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Bryant got out of the service in 2009 and enrolled in Vanderbilt University's MBA program using the GI Bill, and later went on to receive a Masters in Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan, also on the GI BIll. After working as Director of Investor Products at StreetShares in Washington DC for three years, Michael returned to Vanderbilt University to run their Center for Entrepreneurship. It was during this time he met his two other technical co-founders (Brad and Tim Potteriger) who were working on their PhDs at the university. They went on to start ARMS Cyber. Earlier this year, Bryant found out about the VetsinTech Pitch Contest sponsored by JPMorgan Chase. The VIT Pitch Contest gave 3 veteran, military, and spouse-owned businesses a chance to win up to $25,000. Over the years, VetsinTech has supported veteran entrepreneurs, equipping them with extensive mentorship and entrepreneurship resources to build high growth technology companies. The VIT Pitch Contest is part of VetsinTech strategy to highlight, encourage and support entrepreneurism in the veteran and military spouse startup ecosystem. Bryant took advantage of this opportunity and pitched his company, ARMS Cyber as part of the contest. After going through the evaluation process, ARMS Cyber and four other companies emerged as finalists in the contest. On June 23, 2021, Bryant and the 4 other finalists, took part in a virtual live pitching event before a panel of JPMorgan Chase executives and emerged as the winner of the contest.
"We really appreciate VetsinTech and all that they do to further veteran entrepreneurship and help veteran-founded companies get off the ground," said Bryant, “Along with JPMorgan Chase’s financial support, this award will have a big impact on ARMS Cyber, especially at this early stage.
For more information on the VetsinTech S.U.N. (StartUp Network), you can visit http://sun.vetsintech.co and find out how you can take advantage of VetinsTech’s expanded network of key partners that provide access to human, financial and professional resources to veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs and startups.