Upcoming Events

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January

1/27 – 2/24

VEI Launch Cohort – Spring 2024

Orlando – Orange County

This cohort will introduce you to the Business Model Canvas and provide an in-depth insight into the key steps needed to build a startup. Saturdays, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM ET.

1/31 – 4/3

Facilitated Startup Program

Jacksonville – Duval County

Cohort-based, 10-week program for military veterans that provides the tools needed to successfully launch and operate a business. By UNF Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans. Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM ET.

February

2/8 – 3/28

FAU Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program (VFEP) Startup Cohort

Boca Raton – Palm Beach County

In this VFEP Startup Program, you will complete and produce a Business Model Canvas with the assistance of a mentor, and determine if your idea, business, or new product or service is or is not validated and marketable. Thursdays, 5:30 – 8:30 PM ET.

2/19 – 2/23

Military and Veterans’ Week at the Capitol

Tallahassee – Leon County

The 2nd Floor of the Capitol Building will be filled with many Veteran-based and military themed organizations to showcase our men and women in uniform and the earned services, benefits and support our Veterans have earned as a result of their honorable service to our State and Nation.

2/19 – 4/8

JULO CEO Mindset: Startup Cohort

Pensacola – Escambia County

Learn how to shift your mindset from an employee to a CEO! This eight-week cohort is suited for entrepreneurs dreaming about their business idea and wanting to turn their skills into a profitable business. Mondays, 6:00 – 9:00 PM CT.

2/21

Annual VA Caregiver & Family Resource Fair

West Palm Beach – Palm Beach County

Learn about the many different services and resources for our nation’s caregivers. There will be many community agencies and VA departments to provide information during this event! 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM ET.

2/21

Levan Center Pitch Night

Ft. Lauderdale – Broward County

Join us in showcasing the incredible journeys of our past and current Founder’s Journey participants. Sponsored by Bright Star Credit Union and Veterans Florida, this event is a celebration of ambition, creativity, and resilience. 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET.

2/21 – 3/27

JULO CEO Mindset: Growth Cohort

Pensacola – Escambia County

Learn how to shift your mindset from an employee to a CEO! This intense six-week cohort focuses on growing your current business. It is for the entrepreneur looking to maximize their time, grow their clients, and make more money. Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:00 PM CT.

2/22

Take Action: Local Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs

Tampa – Hillsborough County

Veteran entrepreneurs of Tampa Bay! Whether you are a budding business owner or you are growing a business, knowing where to find what you need is important for survival. The workshop, brought to you by Action Zone is being held onsite at Hillsborough County Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City, 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET.

2/23

FAVOB Panhandle After Hours

Milton – Santa Rosa County

At FAVOB we believe that Veterans make great entrepreneurs and business owners who all deserve an environment where they can thrive. We connect veteran owned businesses together in the state of Florida to collaborate, accelerate growth, and increase success! 6:00 – 8:00 PM CT.

2/28

Pitching to Investors & Stakeholders Workshop

Fort Myers – Lee County

Brought to you by Florida Gulf Coast University and the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, this workshop is designed to help you pitch your business to potential investors and stakeholders. 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET.

2/29

FAVOB Space Coast After Hours

Melbourne – Brevard County

Expand your network, connect with fellow veteran business owners in a casual setting. 5:30 – 7:30 PM ET.

2/29

VEI Business & Brews

Oviedo – Seminole County

Join us for an evening of camaraderie, connection, and entrepreneurship at the VEI Business & Brews event, hosted by the Veteran Entrepreneurship Initiative. This unique gathering is specially crafted for Florida veterans who currently own businesses or aspire to become entrepreneurs. 5:30 – 7:30 PM ET.

March

3/7

Marketing Plans for Military Veterans

Jacksonville – Duval County

In this free workshop, veteran entrepreneurs will be exposed to marketing techniques that leverage their veteran status. The workshop focuses on digital marketing strategies, value propositions, target market segmentation, and market plan development. Open to military spouses. 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET.

3/14

A Tech Fusion Networking Event

Orlando – Orange County

Venture into the future of collaboration at the “Tech Fusion Networking Event” hosted by VEI in partnership with Tech Grove. This event is designed to spark collaborations, foster discussions, and cultivate a community where business and technology intersect. 5:30 – 7:30 PM ET.

3/23 – 4/20

VEI ScaleUp Cohort

Orlando – Orange County

Take advantage of the opportunity to work on your business! This cohort is for veteran led companies generating revenue and looking to scale. It will help you clarify your business concept(s) or models by walking through the steps of planning, adjusting and re-shaping the business model and/or growth plan. Saturdays 6:30 – 9:00 PM ET.

3/25 – 5/13

St. Petersburg College Startup Cohort

St. Petersburg – Pinellas County

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program works to provide participants with a comprehensive suite of training options designed to enhance their entrepreneurial skills wherever they may be in their entrepreneurial journey. Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET at The Greenhouse.

April

4/6 – 6/1

Activate: Action Zone Startup Cohort

Tampa – Hillsborough County

Activate and get moving in the right direction, whether your business is in pre-launch, pivot or no/slow- growth stage. Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET.

4/8 – 5/25

FGCU Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program Growth Cohort

Tampa – Hillsborough County

This program is an intensive, 6-week program featuring onsite entrepreneurship training for veterans who are currently operating their businesses. The goal is to help veterans grow, scale, and optimize their businesses. Monday and Wednesday evenings; 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET.

4/11

FAU Small Business Acquisition and Franchising Workshop

Boca Raton – Palm Beach County

This workshop aims to provide valuable insights and resources tailored to veteran entrepreneurs like yourself who are interested in exploring opportunities in small business acquisition and/or franchising. 5:30 – 8:30 PM ET.

4/25

FAU HR and Legal Issues Workshop

Boca Raton – Palm Beach County

Gain a deeper understanding of HR essentials, including hiring, employee management, and compliance; explore legal considerations crucial to protecting and growing your business; and connect with fellow veteran entrepreneurs and industry experts. 5:30 – 8:30 PM ET.

May

5/2 – 6/6

FAU Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program (VFEP) Growth Cohort

Boca Raton – Palm Beach County

Receive training designed to provide you with plans to grow and expand your business. You are not required to have any employees but should have a business generating revenue. You will create a Business Model Canvas with the assistance of a mentor and will determine if your business is validated/marketable and if it is scalable/expandable. Thursdays, 5:30 – 8:30 PM ET.