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Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program

Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program

Serving those who served our country.

Nearly one in four active duty service members and veterans want to open and operate their own business. Opportunity, freedom and solving problems attract them to the challenge of owning a business. Are you one of them?

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The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers qualifying veterans tuition-free, online and on-campus instruction in the nationally-recognized Lean Startup Method. Designed to work around your busy schedule, the program provides you instruction at one of our network partners’ campuses, access to local resources such as business leaders and mentors, and much more.

The program offers three learning pathways in entrepreneurship and includes a year round self paced online program, in-person open enrollment workshops in the Fall, and the advanced program offered in the Spring for fifteen weeks.  The advanced program has limited slots, so be sure to sign up early!

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is free to Veterans who have been honorably discharged, active guard/reserve, active duty within one year of separation, and reside in Florida. 

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As you look towards the next step in your entrepreneurial career, we can help you succeed. 

Veteran Entrepreneur Ed Dort of Directional CommandDepartments of the Military on the American Flag


Ed received valuable mentorship from community business leaders and experts in supporting fields.

Mentorship at the IFE

"It was a true privilege to have participated in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at FGCU this spring"

2017-2018 Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program Stats

11 Pitched

in our Compassionate Sharktank.

6 Funded

$88,000 was awarded in seed funding to start their ventures

3 In Kind

$6,000 was awarded in pro bono marketing services and laptop computers.