Nearly one in four active duty service members and veterans want to open and operate their own business. Opportunity, freedom, and solving problems attract them to the challenge of owning a business. Are you one of them?
The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers you tuition-free, online and on-campus instruction in the nationally recognized Lean Startup method. Designed to work around your busy schedule, the program provides you instruction at one of network our partners’ campus, access to local resources such as business leaders and mentors, and much more.
Veterans Florida, and each network partner, dedicates existing small business development and military and veteran resources to deliver the program tuition-free to you.
The program is designed for those who:
* if you do not have your DD214, you may obtain it at this link: https://www.archives.gov/veterans
The program is provided tuition-free to qualified veterans.
December 14th, 2016: Applications due by midnight. December 15 and 16, 2016: Program Open Houses
January 20, 2017: Program Orientation and Start of Instructional Period
May 6, 2017: Pitch Competition and End of Instructional Period
2016-17 Registration is Closed. Thank you!
Get a quick overview of the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program from this video.
Phase 1: Educational Phase
During this initial fifteen-week period, selected participants will attend in-class training to be held every two weeks on Saturdays at one of seven participating institutions of higher education. This phase will prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. The face-to-face instruction will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and application of fundamental principles facilitated by business experts. The curriculum will include concepts ranging from crafting a business plan to accessing capital for new business ventures. Participants will need to complete online coursework in between the Saturday sessions.
Phase 2: Ongoing Business Mentoring
Following successful completion of the educational phase, participants will receive ongoing mentorship from Florida SBDC business consultants and business leaders from their local area. This phase of the program will enable participants to receive hands-on guidance to navigate common entrepreneurial challenges and to receive specific feedback regarding their business to drive success.Proposed Program Curriculum and Schedule
"A lot of what veterans learn in the military can help them transition. You just have to shift your focus from a physical mission to a mental mission." – Kyle Lee
See what it’s like being a part of the Entrepreneurship Program in our photo gallery.