Veterans Healing Farm, a nonprofit community farm founded by John and Nicole Mahshie of Hendersonville, has received $35,000 from the Entrepreneurship Boot-camp for Veterans, according to a news release from Veterans Healing Farm.
The Mahshies, who are graduates of previous EBV programs, traveled to Atlanta this past weekend to participate in the business plan and venture pitch competition at the EBV National Training and Alumni Conference.
Prior to the conference, 60 business plans were submitted for review, with 10 semi-finalists selected. Veterans Healing Farm was selected for the semi-finals, requiring the Mahshies to give a 15-minute presentation on their business, followed by 10 minutes of questions from a panel of judges. The judges then chose three finalists to move on to the final round, requiring the Mahshies to give a final, 90-second elevator pitch to the entire conference on Sunday.
Veterans Healing Farm won the first place award for the best venture plan and prize money of $30,000. The farm additionally tied for the $10,000 category of “best venture impacting veterans,” earning an additional $5,000.
The event was the third annual EBV Business Plan Competition made possible by contributions from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Disabled American Veterans, the EBV Foundation and the EBV National Program. The conference provided a combined $100,000 in prize money to those competing.
The mission of Veterans Healing Farm is to aid veterans reintegrating into civilian life by growing produce, raising farm animals, and conducting seminars on holistic health and sustainability.