SPARK - D'Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families


New Virtual Program

About The Program

The purpose of EBV-Spark is to help participants begin the process of developing a basic set of skills and competencies focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, and small business management. Through this 100% virtual program participants will test the feasibility of their early business idea and develop a foundation of skills and abilities in the areas of value creation, marketing, sales, personal branding, value delivery, and finance.

The acquisition of Bunker Labs by Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF) is a strategic endeavor bringing together two organizations with common missions and a shared commitment to empowering veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.  Our goal is to enhance and expand the overall reach and impact of entrepreneurial success within these communities. Bunker Labs and IVMF have a longstanding relationship and complementary programs in the entrepreneurship space, and now we can combine strengths and create greater impact even deeper into communities for those who have worn the uniform of our nation and their families.

Beginning Spring 2024, the Veterans in Residence (ViR) and EBV-Spark programs will combine into a new Veterans in Residence program. The new ViR program supports our goal to expand and enhance the impact of your entrepreneurial success and draws on the strengths of both programs to achieve that goal.

2024 program dates

  • Spring 2024 – ViR Cohort 24A – March 5, 2024 – May 7, 2024
  • Summer 2024 – ViR Cohort 24B* – June 2024 – August 2024
  • Fall 2024 – ViR Cohort 24C* – September 2024 – November 2024

*IVMF Enrollment Services team will guide you with program date selection upon review of your application and available program dates. Summer and fall cohort dates will be finalized to be updated here soon.

We are currently accepting new applications for all of the 2024 programs!

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Course Breakdown

Videos Watch videos each week on different areas of business fundamentals
Activities Test business idea through a Feasibility Analysis & other activities
Discussion Posts Web-based discussions on the weekly topic
Weekly Webinars Live question & answer session with subject matter experts
Ask the Expert Ask questions in a Blackboard forum to specific subject matter experts
Ask the Class Ask questions in a Blackboard forum to receive input from fellow classmates

 Course Outline

Week #1 – Orientation Meet your instructor, get oriented to Blackboard, and get to know the class.
Week #2 – Value Creation Creating what people want or need
Week #3 – Marketing Attracting attention and building demand for what is created
Week #4 – Sales Turn prospective customers into paying customers
Week #5 – Value Delivery Giving customers what was promised and ensuring satisfaction
Week #6 – Finance/What Now? Bring in enough money to keep going and make effort worthwhile


  • Veteran; Military Spouse; Life partner
  • Post 9/11 Service
  • Honorable Discharge


  • Six Weeks
  • 5-8 hours per week (making incremental progress each week for readings, videos, and assignments)
  • Computer with high speed internet
  • Recommended browsers: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox


This program is offered at no cost to the participant.


Phone: (315) 443-6898