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Arm Yourself for Entrepreneurship Success

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University is committed to supporting veterans and their families as they navigate their entrepreneurial journey. For more than a decade, the IVMF has served over 120,000 veterans and we are just getting started. Arm yourself for entrepreneurship success with the IVMF’s ARSENAL of programs.

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For: Transitioning Service Members & Spouses

Boots to Business

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 more about Boots to Business.

For: Female Veterans, Service Members, & Their Partners


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 more about IGNITE.

For: Veterans, Military Spouses & Transitioning Service Members


A 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. Learn more about EBV Spark 

For: Transitioning Service Members & Spouses

Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship (STRIVE)

The Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurship (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) ARSENAL of 8 national entrepreneurship programs, STRIVE leverages networks and education resources in local communities to support and advance veteran owned businesses. Learn more about STRIVE.

For: Veterans & Transitioning Service Members

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

Cutting edge bootcamp style 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 more about EBV.

For: Families of Veterans & Caregivers

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families

Bootcamp style 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, family members, caregivers or the surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country. Learn more about EBV-F.

For: Female Veterans, Service Members, & Their Partners

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship

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 more about V-WISE.

For: Established Veteran or Spouse Business Owners with 5+ Employees

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Accelerate

Ready to take your business to the next level? Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (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

For: Veterans & Transitioning Service Members


R.I.S.E. – Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate. – is a virtual, bootcamp-style program focused on the development of strategies to help adapt and sustain your business through a moment of difficulty, or a turning point. The program is hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business. Learn more about R.I.S.E.

For: Veterans & Military Spouse Business Owners

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 Veteran EDGE.

For: Established Veteran or Spouse Business Owners Generating $5 Million+ in Annual Revenue

Veteran Entrepreneurship Success Summit

The Veteran Entrepreneurship Success Summit is an invite-only, executive-level event focused on leader-to-leader learning, mentorship, and networking. This two-day event will bring together current and previous Vet100 honorees, as well as senior corporate executives, government agency leaders, and more. A first-of-its-kind event for the IVMF, we are raising the bar in our growth-stage programming to address the needs of veterans at the helm of multimillion-dollar businesses.

For: Military Veterans, Spouses, National Guard & Reserves


This three-phase program, which includes a training component, is designed to connect procurement professionals from Fortune 500 companies to veteran and military spouse owned/established businesses and culminates in a one-day event organized to increase business opportunities through unique introductory sessions. Learn more about VetSource.

For: Any Military Connected Persons

Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship (COE)

The mission of the Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship is to create, collect, organize, and share knowledge, resources, and networks to advance entrepreneurial opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans, and their families. This is accomplished through the development and delivery of innovative programs and educational resources; timely and relevant research and policy analysis; and by cultivating veteran-connected ecosystems across the United States. Learn about the COE.

For: Any Military Connected Persons

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 more about CVOB.

For: Any Military Connected Persons


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 more about VetNet.

Onward to opportunity graduate Douglas Proffitt.

“Obviously the certifications are a big draw (of O2O), but also getting plugged into the Onward to Opportunity network wherever they’re located is a big help.”

Military Installation: Camp Lejeune, NC
CompTIA Network+ Graduate
IT Specialist, Kingfisher Systems

Douglas Proffitt

Chief Warrant Officer, US Marines

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