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Aaron Bare is a multi-talented entrepreneur who is co-founder of the Herozona Foundation, which serves the Arizona veteran community and national veteran interests. On the show, David speaks with Aaron about a new program he’s launching – the Heropreneur Academy – an entrepreneurial incubator designed specifically for active military veterans and their spouses to teach and promote entrepreneurship. 

“We’re thrilled to offer veterans the chance to engage in the act of entrepreneurship in the Heropreneur Academy,” said Bare. “We’ll specifically have a channel that’s free for veterans to basically go through our entrepreneurship courses that will run through the Arizona Accelerator

Bare notes that the Foundation’s free course will help veterans basically incubate their idea, test to see if it solves a problem for consumers, and see how it tests with customers.  

“We base our program for veterans on traction-based metrics and evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Bare. “Once we help veterans figure out the problem-solution fit, then we go on to the product-market fit and put the entrepreneur through the real-life test of seeing if this great idea has legs in the marketplace. Who is the customer? Will they purchase this product or service? How are we going to drive this?”

As part of his work with Herozona Foundation, Aaron has also been involved with the annual Herozona Summit, an event for veterans that is focused on entrepreneurship, employment and education. The hiring component of HeroZona has been very successful in bringing veterans to jobs all over the region. 

Currently, Aaron Bare is Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman of HeroZona Foundation; Founder of Namaste Republic, the Arizona Accelerator, & Author of Reimagining Innovation. He also teaches courses on entrepreneurship and innovation, and has a wide-ranging background in entrepreneurial business.

And check out our other full episodes of The David Johnson Show:

Episode 1: US Army Veteran Keith Caraway – The Cost of Being Hooah – https://youtu.be/HUIaJCw2Q98

Episode 2: US Navy SEAL Veteran Craig “Sawman” Sawyer – The Chapters in Your Life – https://youtu.be/8oDzws7AR2Y

Episode 3: Navy SEAL Retired Jon Fussell Talks Fear, Stepping It Up and Leadership https://youtu.be/DPKTfjTFc3E

Episode 4: S.C.A.R.S. The Science Behind Combat and Eliminating Fear – https://youtu.be/QuMgfBQxmbo

Episode 5: Veteran Employment: An Employers Perspective – Jay Sheehan – https://youtu.be/vk13e4XRqTI

Episode 6: Athena Ives – A Marines Story of Resilience and Hope – https://youtu.be/0Rlg5FoVs14

Episode 7: The Veteran Influence – Building Your Brand Online – Ep. 7 with Matt O’Brien of MINT Social https://youtu.be/JBNkhKcGLzE

“The David Johnson Show” is a national voice that talks about points of interest in the American military and veteran subculture. Each show episode showcases a different guest with a different story. Sign up to get notified of new episodes at https://thedavidjohnsonshow.com and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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David Johnson

David Johnson is the show creator and host of “The David Johnson Show”, the YouTube video show for military veterans that gives a voice to veterans and military fans in the post 9/11-era. “The David Johnson Show” features military veterans growing into successful civilian lives, as well as entrepreneurs who can help those in the military and veteran communities.

David served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2004 and 2005 with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) ODA 085 & 086. Utilizing the G.I. Bill after his ETS, David graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 and immediately started his career as a full-time entrepreneur.

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