A free program is being offered to a limited number of disabled vets who already own a business or are passionate and serious about starting one. Created by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program wants to do its part to show appreciation for vets’ sacrifices and to help veterans succeed in business.
The program is broken down into three phases:
- Phase 1 (Mar 24 – Apr 26) – assist with developing business concepts for those wanting to start a business and shaping/understanding business issues for those with existing businesses;
- Phase 2 (May 3 – 10) – intense eight-day workshop with hands-on learning involving business experts, guest entrepreneurs and University of Florida faculty; and
- Phase 3 (May 19 – Jan 2015) – eight months of mentoring and venture development.
At this time the university is only accepting up to 30 enrollees. The deadline to complete an application is February 20.
Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for the program:
- separated (or in process) from active duty service with honorable discharge;
- able to demonstrate strong interest in entrepreneurship or ownership/management of an existing business; and
- meets Veterans Administration definition of disability or service-distinguished based on exemplary military conduct.
It’s always inspiring when others find ways to assist those who have given of themselves to this nation. Those who have served, particularly disabled vets, can sometimes feel cast aside.
And unfortunately, some disabled vets face challenges obtaining benefits for a disability. A claim could be denied or a veteran may need assistance filing an initial application. We’re here to help. Contact the Law Offices of Veterans Help Group today by calling 855-855-8992.