Veterans leave the service with an incredible set of skills and experience. Many also have a focused drive to launch their own business and mission.
Veterans Florida is proud to support veterans starting or growing their businesses at every step of the process.
Our successful Entrepreneurship Program provides the tools for veterans at every stage of the process, all at no charge. And the key to that success is a network of locally-based trainers and educators hosting cohorts, networking events, and workshops.
These experienced trainers provide in-person support for bringing an idea to reality, marketing, connecting with mentors, and more.
We are proud to announce our 2023-24 partners who provide local training to help veterans succeed:
Action Zone (Hillsborough)
Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses (Statewide)
Florida Atlantic University (Palm Beach)
Florida Gulf Coast University (Lee)
JULO Strategy Global (Statewide)
Nova Southeastern University, Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Broward)
St. Petersburg College (Pinellas)
SWFL Inc. (Lee)
University of North Florida (Duval)
Veterans Entrepreneurship Initiative (Orange)
To learn more about these opportunities, register at our website and a member of our team will contact you.
We asked our partners to share a bit about their experience in the program:
“SWFL Inc. deeply values its partnership with Veterans Florida, as it exemplifies our commitment to fostering collaboration and opportunities within our community. Through this partnership, we can proudly provide veterans with invaluable networking and educational opportunities, all at no cost to them.” – Tiffany Esposito, President and CEO of SWFL Inc.
“Veterans Florida sets a high standard for promoting Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state, so we are very honored by this partnership. Together, Veterans Florida and JULO Strategy Global can make a great impact in Florida communities over the next year! Veterans have strengthened our country and secured our freedom, and we are committed to doing the same for their businesses!” – Juliann Nichols, CEO & Founder of JULO Strategy Global
“UNF is excited to once again be a partner with Veterans Florida for the upcoming year. We have had a long-term relationship with Veterans FL which has allowed us to provide entrepreneurship training via cohorts and workshops to the military veterans in the NE Florida area.” – Diane Denslow, Associate Instructor in Entrepreneurship, Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida
“I’ve been involved in the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program for eight years and it remains one of the most enjoyable audiences I have ever worked with. Working with the veterans is great and now the program benefits from a rich pool of alumni, many of which now own and run successful businesses and credit the program as having a significant and important impact in their success.” – Kevin C. Cox, PhD, MSE, Director of FAU’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship
“The Levan Center of Innovation is excited to work with Veterans Florida on offering programs to assist veterans with building their startups. As South Florida is home to several military installations, it will provide transitioning military veterans the opportunity to pursue the entrepreneurial journey and start their own business.” – John Wensveen, Ph.D., Chief Innovation Officer, Nova Southeastern University, Executive Director, Alan B. Levan │ NSU Broward Center of Innovation.
About Veterans Florida
Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans and their families transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida is also the state’s designated DOD SkillBridge assistance organization. Visit veteransflorida.org for more information.