Tallahassee, FL 

Veterans Florida, a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state, has partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to facilitate the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program.

The University will offer Facilitated Startup and Facilitated Growth instructional cohorts. All meetings will be held virtually due to COVID-19.

“Florida Gulf Coast University has established itself the premiere resource for Southwest Florida’s veteran entrepreneurs. Veterans Florida is excited to continue our partnership and looks forward to another successful year of equipping veteran entrepreneurs with the tools to succeed,” said Joe Marino, Veterans Florida Executive Director.

“Florida Gulf Coast University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship is delighted to renew our partnership with Veterans Florida to continue to serve veteran entrepreneurs in Southwest Florida. Over the past five years, FGCU’s faculty, staff, and community mentors have enjoyed mentoring veterans participating in our hands-on workshops to start, grow, or revamp their businesses,” said Amy Andrews, Assistant Director of FGCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship

“We have seen this mentorship empower many veterans to make the leap to entrepreneurship and make lasting contributions to the state’s economy,” she continued.

Veterans interested in applying for the program should visit veteransflorida.org/register

Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program participants have generated $24 Million in revenue, opened 154 businesses and hired 209 employees since 2016. They have received numerous industry awards and national recognition for their success.