2021 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A recording of the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) 2021 Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program will be available soon. This program offers veteran innovators a chance to learn how intellectual property (IP) protection can fuel their success. Fellow veterans share their personal experiences and best practices; and expert panels discuss how to use a wide variety of helpful resources.

The program covers:

  • How successful veteran innovators use patents and trademarks to protect their valuable inventions and brands
  • How the USPTO assists independent inventors and entrepreneurs
  • What resources are available from agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Veterans Business Development of the Small Business Administration

Expert panels include:
 

Learning from successful veterans in business

  • Charlynda Scales, Founder, Mutt’s Sauce LLC
  • Colin Wayne, CEO, Redline Steel 
  • Krissa Watry, Co-Founder and CEO, Dynepic, Inc. 
  • Sherman Williams, President and CEO, Body Water LLC
  • Joseph Hirl, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO (moderator)

Resources for veterans

  • Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner, CEO,  Veterans In Business (VIB) Network
  • Darcella Craven, President & Chief Fear Conqueror, Veterans Business Resource Center
  • Kimberly Osborne, JD, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • Jarod Perkioniemi, Associate Director, Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Institute for Veterans and Military
  • Laura Wages, Programs Director, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development
  • Julianne Metzger, Internal Communications Lead, USPTO (moderator) 

Agenda

Subject to change, all times ET

2–2:05 p.m. Introduction
Eric Atkisson, Director of Communications, USPTO 

2:05–2:10 p.m. Leadership greetings
Fred Steckler, Chief Administrative Officer, USPTO

2:10–3:05 p.m. Learning from successful veterans in business 
Veteran business owners will share their insights on starting and running a business

  • Charlynda Scales, Founder, Mutt’s Sauce LLC 
  • Colin Wayne, CEO, Redline Steel  
  • Krissa Watry, Co-founder and CEO, Dynepic, Inc.  
  • Sherman Williams, President and CEO, Body Water LLC 
  • Joseph Hirl, Supervisory Patent Examiner, USPTO (moderator) 

3:05–3:10 p.m. Break
  
3:10–4:10 p.m. Resources for veterans 
Hear from experts about resources that can help you grow your business

  • Rebecca Aguilera-Gardiner, CEO,  Veterans In Business (VIB) Network 
  • Darcella Craven, President & Chief Fear Conqueror, Veterans Business Resource Center 
  • Kimberly Osborne, JD, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization 
  • Jarod Perkioniemi, Associate Director, Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Institute for Veterans and Military 
  • Laura Wages, Programs Director, SBA Office of Veterans Business Development 
  • Julianne Metzger, Internal Communications Lead, USPTO (moderator)           

4:10–4:25 p.m. Pro bono presentation  
John Kirkpatrick, Patent Pro Bono Program Coordinator, USPTO

4:25–4:30 p.m. Wrap up and closing
Sean Wilkerson, Innovation Outreach Program Manager, USPTO

 

Speaker biographies

See a recording of last year's program.

This program is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact VeteransInnovation@uspto.gov.

This event is part of a series: Advancing Equity, Veterans Innovation and Entrepreneurship