Request for Qualifications for Entrepreneurship Program

Veterans Florida seeks responses from qualified vendors to administer the fiscal year 2022-23 Entrepreneurship Program (“Program”). The Program, established under s. 295.22(3)(e), F.S., connects business leaders in the state with veteran participants seeking to become entrepreneurs and may include activities and assistance such as peer-to-peer learning sessions, mentoring, technical assistance, business roundtables, networking opportunities, support of student organizations, speaker series, or other tools within a virtual environment. The Program is implemented across a network of Florida-based partner entities throughout the state of Florida. Veterans Florida’s objective is for veterans to finish the Program with the skills and confidence to become successful business owners or grow their business. The Program offers a pipeline for veteran entrepreneurs to take a business idea from conception through execution and scalability. The Program does not guarantee participants that an idea will turn into a fully operational business. Program participants can expect to understand the entrepreneurial process and put their newly learned entrepreneurial skills to work.

Veterans Florida seeks to contract with multiple entities to administer the Program, and the resulting relationship is intended to last at least three years, but the contract will be renewed on an annual basis.

Timeline:

RFQ Issued: Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Proposal Acceptance: Starting Tuesday, July 26, 2022*

Co-Working Applications: Open on October 1, 2022

RFQ Closed: No proposals will be accepted or considered after March 31, 2023

*Proposals will be evaluated as received and agreements executed prior to the close date listed above based on the needs of the veterans served and budget available.

To review the RFQ, please click here.