Entrepreneur Resources


1. Bunker Labs

· Bunker Labs is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business. BL is committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business. 25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses.

2. FranNet

· Franchise ownership is a great way for veterans and military spouses to become entrepreneurs. If you're thinking about this approach, then FranNet is the pathway you should explore. Speak with one of their local mentors about the process and how you can realize your dream as a business owner.

3. Patriot Boot Camp

· Patriot Boot Camp (PBC) is a non-profit that provides active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses with access to mentors, educational programming, and a robust community of experts and peers to help them innovate and build impactful businesses.

4. Boots to Business

· Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the Small Business Administration as part of the Department of Defense TAP Program. The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.

5. Vet to CEO

· VetToCEO provides a seven-week core program that helps veterans develop the skills required to start and run a successful business. Participants join a group of fellow qualified veterans and active, guard, and reserve members who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or aggressively completing their business plan. Lesson content is divided into 7 modules; each module is two-hours in length. One module is offered each week. Courses are offered online and in-person by veteran entrepreneurs for veteran entrepreneurs. Lessons are recorded for later viewing in case you miss one.

6. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

· Located at Syracuse University, IVMF is committed to supporting veterans and their families as they navigate their entrepreneurial journey. For more than a decade, the IVMF has served over 120,000 veterans and families. From ideation to launch and expansion of your venture, the team from IVMF offers advice and resources to assist.

7. Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

· EBV is a one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans and their families. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for veterans and families by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.

8. Coalition for Veteran Owned Businesses

· The Coalition for Veteran Owned Businesses (CVOB) is a coalition of industry leaders committed to providing innovative solutions and thought leadership to grow and support veteran and military spouse-owned businesses in communities throughout the nation.


9. Thrive15

· Thrive15.com is one of the largest online resources available to entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and in-trepreneurs (entrepreneurial-minded people who work within an organization). This platform is packed with materials to help you learn about the process of starting a successful business and provides mentors to assist in your journey.

10. Center of Excellence for Veteran Entrepreneurship

· The Center of Excellence (COE) for Veteran Entrepreneurship unites veteran-owned businesses, researchers, small business program managers, policymakers, resources, and private and public companies.

11. SCORE

· SCORE connects entrepreneurs with mentors to help build their enterprise with free business advice. Their website has a wealth of resources to help guide your entrepreneurial path to include training webinars, access to business mentors, advice, lessons, workshops and much more.

12. VETNET

· VETNET offers free online courses and webinars to help with your transition and entrepreneur efforts.

13. Techstars

· Techstars is a tech incubator program for high potent start-ups that supports the veteran community through their Rising Stars program.

14. Complete 35-Step Entrepreneur Guide

· This is a great checklist for anyone considering a start-up.

15. Vets First Verification Program (VFVP)

· VFVP provides verified firms owned by veterans and service-disabled veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set-asides. VA also trains and certifies counselors to provide application assistance to SDVOSBs/VOSBs that want to become verified. Free counseling services are available to veterans free of charge at Procurement Technical Assistance Centers throughout the country. Free webinars and extensive educational resources are also available online.

16. The Rosie Network

· A Network of Military Family-Owned Businesses Across America - The Rosie Network believes that our men and women of the Armed Forces and their spouses, have earned the right to the American Dream of small business ownership. The Rosie Network is committed to their SUCCESS every step of the way – from concept to launch and beyond.

17. PenFed Foundation – Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP)

· The mission of VEIP is to provide veteran-owned start-ups with seed capital to build and grow their businesses, create a robust network for veteran-owned businesses to succeed, and enable the PenFed Foundation to perpetually re-invest returns in future veteran-owned businesses.

18. The Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP)

· VEP provides direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.

19. Gust (The World’s Largest Startup Network)

· More than 800,000 founders and 85,000 investment professionals are part of the Gust platform which encompasses the entire startup ecosystem. Gust understands what investors want to see from a startup, and can help you put your best foot forward.

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20. Entrepreneur Magazine

· The magazine ‘Entrepreneur’ provides a section for veterans and has unique insights and articles to address your transition from uniform into business ownership.

21. Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses

· The editorial staff from Business.com developed a great list of steps for starting your veteran-owned business, along with resources to make it successful.

22. Four Tips to Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

· A good article that highlights four important elements to help veterans start their entrepreneurial journey.

23. The National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement

· The National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is a veteran entrepreneurship program that specifically addresses federal procurement. VIP offers a platform with three training programs to assist veterans: 1) VIP GROW assists companies in developing strategies to expand and operate within the federal marketplace, 2) VIP START helps companies enter the federal market and become procurement ready and 3) VIP INTERNATIONAL helps companies that want to enter or expand their federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas.

24. US Veteran Entrepreneurs

· This is a highly informative website that celebrates veterans who used their service skills to build businesses after their military careers.

25. The Ultimate Guide for Veteran Owned Small Businesses

· In this guide, you’ll learn: 1) How to get started with educational and training resources, 2) How to grow your business with networking and accelerators, 3) The basics of financing and how to determine your financial needs and 4) Types of funding available at certain stages of a businesses. This free download is available through Street Shares.


Veteran Entrepreneur Resources

The veteran entrepreneur resources on this page are provided to assist soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coastguardsmen and their families. This list was complied by a group of independent veterans and is shared to inform and compliment the DoD Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Solider for Life (SFL), SFL-TAP, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), Transition GPS (T-GPS) and related programs. We support all branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coastguard) along with military spouses. Our goal is to share information and resources which will show you how to transition from the military. We provide the best and most comprehensive information about jobs after the military and how to start a civilian career after serving. Please let us know if there are additional resources that should be added or any questions about the information on this page.


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