Veteran Capital Readiness Initiative (V-CAP)

V-CAP meets you where you are in your entrepreneurial journey

The Veteran Capital Readiness Initiative (V-CAP) can connect you to the programs and resources you need to start or grow a business.

IVMF’s V-CAP, in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), provides free technical assistance and educational resources to help veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs become financially ready and build a path to success.

V-CAP is funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Capital Readiness Program.

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About the Veteran Capital Readiness Program

Whether you are a transitioning service member, veteran, or military spouse, IVMF’s V-CAP connects you to the resources, services, and programs you need to thrive on your entrepreneurial journey.

The program provides free resources and support to veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs in key areas, including:

  • Capital access and financial readiness training: Get technical assistance to help your business become “finance ready.” Access financial planning resources and services, small business loan support, and federal contracting and procurement assistance.
  • Business training and mentorship: Participate in workshops and events focused on business operations and planning. Access resources and training to help you launch and develop a scalable and investable business.
  • Networking Opportunities: Grow your small business network and access workshops, webinars, and events with other entrepreneurs, program partners, and funders.
  • Alumni services and support: Stay connected through IVMF’s Alumni network and get access to follow-up resources, webinars, and opportunities as your business goals evolve.

Get Started Today

The V-CAP offerings are available to those enrolled in IVMF’s Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurships (STRIVE) program (see participating locations below). All alumni of IVMF programs are also eligible to enroll in V-CAP.

Through a combination of online and in-person training, V-CAP will help you develop the core competencies needed to create and sustain an entrepreneurial venture. You’ll get connected to local networks and educational resources in your community to support and advance your entrepreneurship goals.


  • Phase 1: 1 week of online training
  • Phase 2: 5 weeks of in-person training
  • Phase 3: Post-program support

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Current STRIVE colleges offering V-CAP include:

  • Central Oregon Community College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Houston Community College
  • Kaua’i Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • University of South Florida