IGNITE

About IGNITE


IGNITE is a one-day entrepreneurship training event offered in cities across the United States. This program is the perfect option for veterans, active duty, and military spouses/life-partners who are just beginning to explore the opportunity of small business ownership as a post-service career path. The program features nationally acclaimed speakers, expert instructors, local & military friendly business resource providers, and successful veteran & military spouse entrepreneurs who will help participants to:

  • Explore the lifestyle of an entrepreneur
  • Discover the pathways to small business ownership
  • Connect to the community of support available to aspiring veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs

IGNITE is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the generous philanthropic support of corporate and foundation partners nationwide.

Pitch Competition

Congratulations to the 5 finalists that were selected out of nearly 80 submissions to pitch their business at IGNITE on December 2nd, 2020 for a total of $10,000 in capital. These finalists did an amazing job and will be receiving scholarships to a future IVMF program that fits their needs. Those finalists were:

  • Juan Baret, Baret Bats
  • Laketa Caston, Caregivers Care: Short-Term Respite & Rehabilitation Center
  • Edwin Rivera, CG1 Solutions
  • Kyna Simpson, International Foundations Education, Inc.
  • Breonna Vereen, Imani Cowrie, LLC

A special thank you to our donors for sponsoring the capital to make this happen:

  • Grand Prize – $5,000 sponsored by donors to the IVMF
  • Runner Up – $3,000 sponsored by Courage & Sacrifice
  • Fan Favorite – $2,000 sponsored by AUSA & Veterans United

What You Will Experience

  • Nationally acclaimed speakers, expert instructors, local & military friendly business resource providers, and successful veterans & military spouse entrepreneurs
  • An exploration the lifestyle of an entrepreneur
  • Introduction to the many pathways to small business ownership
  • Connection to the community of support available to aspiring both male & female veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs

Length

IGNITE is a one-day entrepreneurship training event

 

Questions? Contact Us

Phone: (315) 443-6898

Email: IVMFeducation@syr.edu

Eligibility

  • Honorably discharged male & female veterans of any military branch and service era, including National Guard and Reserve components
  • Active duty service members of any military branch, including National Guard and Reserve components
  • Male and female military spouses

Cost

  • A registration fee of approximately $25 will be determined by city. Not all IGNITE programs will be subject to a registration fee.
  • Breakfast, lunch and materials are provided during the event.
  • Participants are responsible for their transportation costs to and from the event location (to include parking fees when applicable) and for any lodging required.

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Do you know a woman veteran, active duty service member, or military spouse/life partner with a passion for entrepreneurship and a desire to start or grow her own business? If so, refer her to one of the nation’s best entrepreneurship training programs today!

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