Military Hire, a SaaS Factory company, announced today that it has reached a partnership agreement with new alliance partner, Meritorious, to promote networking, mentorship, community building, and professional and business development for veterans in the civilian workforce.
Meritorious is an all-in-one platform delivering the network, resources and tools so veteran and military spouse business leaders can leverage the bonds of service to connect, grow and lead. “Our mission is to empower our military and veteran leaders to grow together long after we take off our uniform,” said Ryan Loya, Co-Founder, Meritorious and United States Marine Corps veteran. “Veterans are an incredible workforce. We dominate entrepreneurship and are the backbone of American business. Harnessing military camaraderie through a single community allows us to excel professionally while contributing to a greater purpose, as we did in service.”
Veteran and military spouse members of Meritorious are able to leverage in-house peer-to-peer networking events, which Military Hire will encourage its veteran membership to attend. Military Hire will work with Meritorious to connect its veteran members to their Mentor Connect program, which takes a dual approach of on-demand mentorship and networking, offering members the opportunity to both mentor and find mentors, including business advisors.
“There are a great number of adjacencies Meritorious has with Military Hire, especially their mission to serve those who served,” said Katherine Kostreva, Co-Founder, Meritorious. “We plan to bring the elements of community and professional development to their established group of veteran, military spouse, and corporate memberships.”
Meritorious is an all-in-one platform with a centralized member portal, networking events, professional and business development, and communities to support veteran and military spouse business leaders. The member portal connects members with each other, startup founders and business owners with service providers, advisors and investors (Startup SMB Hub), and supports mentorship between members, and transitioning service members and military spouses (Mentor Connect).
Meritorious events range from peer-to-peer networking huddles, speed mentoring and partner convenings, to educational presentations and TEDx style talks. Members committed to personal and professional development can join Meritorious masterminds and masterclasses, facilitated by trusted executive coaches and experts. This quarter, Meritorious is launching speed mentoring to support military-connected nonprofits, as well as a marketplace with discounted SaaS solutions for veteran and military spouse founded businesses and nonprofits. The forthcoming mobile app will enable members to geolocate and meet-up using the “Who’s Around Me” feature.
Meritorious was co-founded by Katherine Kostreva, former national Director of Development and Marketing for PsychArmor Institute and Northeast Region Executive Director at Bunker Labs, and Ryan Loya, a US Marine Corps veteran, and fractional CEO for startups at Columbia Technology Ventures. During Ryan’s transition out of the military, the duo witnessed shortcomings with the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). They subsequently co-authored a 32 page legislative proposal, and lobbied to reform TAP, which was later sponsored by Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE-02). Key mandates are law in NDAA 2019, including the requirement that TAP be completed 365 days prior to End of Active Service, and program impact be measured, consolidated and delivered to Congress annually.