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Empowering Veterans through Entrepreneurship

More stories from our 2016 Florida Veterans Entrepreneurship Program graduates HERE.


Get Help Starting Your Veteran-Owned Business

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’ campuses, access to local resources such as business leaders and mentors, and much more.


The program is provided tuition-free to qualified veterans.


The exclusive entrepreneurial training program that will include:
  • PHASE ONE: 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 TWO: Ongoing Business Mentoring – Following successful completion of the educational phase, participants will receive ongoing mentorship from Florida SBDC business consultants and businesses 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.

Key Dates

  • December 16, 2016: Program Open House (at each Network Partner)
  • Updated! January 19, 2017: Program Orientation/Start of Instructional Period
  • May 6, 2017: Pitch Competition and End of Instructional Period




Application period now closed

Proposed Course Curriculum

Download a copy of the proposed program curriculum HERE.


Contact Jimmy Smith Entrepreneurship Program Manager at
Email: smith@veteransflorida.org