Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship
Bold Enough to Make it Happen
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) was created to empower women veterans and military spouses/partners to find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture.
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management. V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture.
V-WISE 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.
What You Will Experience
Actionable strategies for new venture creation presented in a supportive and inspirational learning environment
A robust team of speakers and instructors including successful entrepreneurs, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and leaders in government
A community resource network designed to support small business creation and growth, including supportive services provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the IVMF and IVMF partners
A community of established women veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs 2,375 strong and growing
More than 20 distinct modules of training in opportunity recognition, business planning, financing, economics, marketing, access to capital, business law, social media and more!
Phase I: 15-day online intensive
Phase II: 3-day residency experience
Phase III: 12-month ongoing support focused on small business creation and growth
Honorably discharged women veterans of any military branch and service era, including National Guard and Reserve components
Active duty women service members of any military branch, including National Guard and Reserve components
Women spouses/same-sex life partners of above (including widowed spouses/partners)
A $75 registration fee includes educational materials, two nights of lodging during residency, and most meals. In addition to the registration fee, participants are responsible for their travel to/from the conference.
“Talking and networking with other women vets who wanted to start business gave me the inspiration I needed to quit my job and truly realize my dream.”
V-WISE Chicago, Outdoor Book Club
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Refer A Friend
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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