Our Programs

The IVMF and its staff of more than 100 professionals deliver class-leading programs in career, vocational and entrepreneurship education and training, providing service members, veterans and their families with the skills needed to be successful in education, work and life. The IVMF also coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies; and works with communities and nonprofits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families.

Career Training

Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

A career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and employment services support to transitioning service members, members of the Reserves or National Guard, veterans, and military spouses.

Learn more about O2O.

Apply to O2O.


Online resource offering innovative networking tools, career training, job opportunities and entrepreneurship classes. VetNet is a free service for the entire veteran and military family community.

Learn about VetNet.


Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) Accelerate

Ready to take your business to the next level? EBV Accelerate is a bootcamp-style program focused on growth and tackles head-on topics such as the financial, management, marketing and strategic planning challenges established businesses face.

Learn more about EBV Accelerate.
Apply to EBV-A.

Boots to Business (B2B)

For those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan.

Learn about B2B.

Veteran EDGE

Veteran EDGE (Engage. Develop. Grow. Evaluate.) is a four-day conference dedicated solely to veteran and military spouse business owners and the ecosystem that supports them.

Learn more about this conference.

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)

A women-focused training program in entrepreneurship and small business management that provides tools, ongoing support and business mentorship to veterans, active duty service members and military spouses aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs.

Learn about V-WISE.
Apply to V-WISE


Introduction to entrepreneurship available to women veterans, active duty service women, and women military spouses/life-partners who are just beginning to explore the opportunity of small business ownership as a post-service career path.

Learn about Ignite.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

Cutting edge entrepreneurship training program teaching the steps and stages of business creation and business management, with a tailored emphasis on the unique challenges and opportunities associated with being a veteran business owner.

Learn about EBV.

Apply to EBV.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F)

Entrepreneurship training program that integrates training with caregiver and family matters, positioning participants to launch and grow small businesses while tending to family responsibilities. Offered to spouses and family members, or the surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country.

Learn about EBV-F.
Apply to EBV-F.


A completely virtual training program for veterans, military spouses & transitioning service members to test their business idea and develop a basic set of skills and competencies focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, & fundamentals of business.

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Coalition for Veteran Owned Business (CVOB)

Coalition of private sector companies, businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to connect veteran and military family-owned business to supply chains of medium-sized and large corporations. CVOB simplifies and facilitates the process of supplying goods and services to larger employees.

Learn about the CVOB. 

Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship

One-stop shop for everything related to veteran owned businesses. Information available to veterans seeking to begin or grow their business as well as researchers, policymakers, and public and private companies interested in veteran business ownership.

Learn about the COE.

The Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship (STRIVE)

The STRIVE program is part of a landmark initiative that transforms veterans and military family members into entrepreneurs. Delivered by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF)  8 national entrepreneurship programs, STRIVE leverages networks and education resources in local communities to support and advance veteran-owned businesses.

Learn about STRIVE.


R.I.S.E. – Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate. – is a six-week virtual, bootcamp-style program dedicated to veteran and military family business owners, focused on the pivoting of the business not only to remain sustainable, but to explore ways to expand, and tackles head-on topics such as the financial, operational, strategic planning and communication challenges small businesses are facing.

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Community Services


Provides veterans, transitioning service members, and their families access to a simple and effective way to access and navigate a range of supportive services in their communities. AmericaServes is the country’s first coordinated network of organizations dedicated to serving the military community by connecting them to the resources specific to their unique needs.

Learn more about AmericaServes.

Community of Practice

The Community of Practice is a dedicated learning network dedicated to sharing insights and best practices among community service providers and coordination centers from all over the country.

Learn more about the CoP

Higher Education

Syracuse University

Syracuse is designated as the 2021 Military Times #3 Private School for Veterans. The support of military-connected scholars is central to the University’s mission, and includes commitments to affordability, academic success, and a comfortable fit within the student body. Learn more about Syracuse University.

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