Entrepreneurship & Small Business

At IVMF, we are constantly growing and improving. We achieve this by tracking business outcomes and experiences, surveying participants in our programs, and collecting data. All of this information is analyzed longitudinally to inform our research, curriculum, and program improvement to ensure that we continue to help our partners, programs, and participants achieve success.

Our Partnerships are Making an Impact

Nearly 50,000 veterans and military family members have attended IVMF entrepreneurship training

EBV graduates have generated over $196 Million in revenue since completing the program

93% of V-WISE graduates who have started or continued to grow their business are still in operation today

Boots to Business

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B2B is the provider of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) three-phase entrepreneurial education and training program as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B is delivered on installations worldwide.

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About B2B Evaluation

The B2B 2-Day class, B2B 8-week course, and Reboot class are all evaluated similarly.  Participant data and feedback are all stored and managed through a customer relationship management platform used across all IVMF programs. Data is collectively responded to through the close partnership between IVMF and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Methods Highlight

The B2B and Reboot programs, in partnership with the SBA, use two surveys to collect immediate as well as long-term outcomes. Participants are first surveyed and asked to provide feedback about the course they completed. This information is used for quality and process improvement, monitoring,  curriculum assessment, and development. The second survey isdesigned to capture participant outcomes and is sent to participants one year after  completion of the  B2B course and annually thereafter. Business growth and creation, change in confidence and perception, and resource use are all outcome measures collected in this survey.


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EBV: The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) is a cutting-edge entrepreneurship training program for post 9/11 service disabled veterans.

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EBV-F: The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families provides a vocational and economic path forward for military spouses and family members or surviving spouse of a military member who gave his or her life in service to our country.

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About EBV Evaluation

Our longest running program, EBV has a high level of measurement and evaluation built in across the program. EBV-F is similarly managed and evaluated. As the EBV program expands across the nation – now hosted at 10 universities – the evaluation efforts have grown with the program to ensure quality and high program performance.

Methods Highlight

Outcomes of business creation and growth are tracked annually after program completion for all EBV/EBV/F participants at all universities through the use of pre and post surveys. Participants are asked to provide program feedback in a survey immediately after the program. Baseline interest and entrepreneurial intention are captured through a survey prior to program participation. In addition, universities assess feedback on the instructors and sessions provided throughout the EBV/EBV-F program.


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V-WISE is a three-phase program that delivers entrepreneurship training to female veterans, active duty female service members, and female partners/spouses of active duty service members and veterans in both online and in-person sessions across the country.

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About V-WISE Evaluation

The outcomes of the V-WISE program are used to assess business creation and growth. V-WISE is designed to resemble the EBV programs and outcomes, thus, they mirror EBV evaluation methods.

Methods Highlight

Participants are assessed and surveyed before they participate in the V-WISE program, upon completion of the program, and at least once a year thereafter. Feedback is requested throughout the program to evaluate the sessions and activities.