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UCF Incubator sponsors veteran entrepreneurs program


From The UCF Incubator at Apopka

The UCF Business Incubation Program was recently selected as a network partner by Veterans Florida to offer this statewide Veteran Florida Entrepreneurship Program and is funded through a $1 Million appropriation from the State Legislature. The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers a tuition-free, online, and on-campus instruction. It provides veterans with entrepreneurial guidance and education designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success. We invite all interested Veterans in the community to participate in the program. Please share this invitation with any interested Veterans.


You are invited to apply to participate in our Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The program will be broken down into two phases; Phase 1 will be the Educational Phase providing training both online and 8 on-campus training sessions beginning January 17, 2017 to May 6, 2017. Phase 2 will provide Ongoing Business Mentoring upon successful completion of the Educational Phase.

Apply today! Deadline to apply is December 14, 2016 by midnight. Once you apply we encourage you to attend our upcoming Open House on December 15, 2016 at 5pm. We will provide more information about the program, discuss the program curriculum and answer any questions you may have.


The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is broken down into two phase, Phase 1 will be the Educational Phase and Phase II will be the Ongoing Business Mentoring Phase as follows:

Phase 1: Educational Phase (January 17, 2017- May 6, 2017)

During this fifteen-week period, selected participants will attend in-class training to be held every two weeks on Saturdays at one of seven participating institutions of higher education. This phase will prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. The face-to-face instruction will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and application of fundamental principles facilitated by business experts. The curriculum will include concepts ranging from crafting a business plan to accessing capital for new business ventures. Participants will need to complete online coursework in between the Saturday sessions. Facilitators will work intensively and directly with participants to develop an entrepreneurial skillset and test a scalable business model using the Lean Startup Method.

Phase 2: Ongoing Business Mentoring Phase

Following successful completion of the educational phase, participants will receive ongoing mentorship from Florida SBDC business consultants, Network Partner faculty and staff, and business leaders from their local area. This phase of the program will enable participants to receive hands-on guidance to navigate common entrepreneurial challenges and to receive specific feedback regarding their business to drive success. Phase 2 takes place over three weekends and is an intensive, hands-on workshop that will aid participants in developing a business plan ready to deliver to investors.


Help us make the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program a success! We would like to partner with companies & organizations in the community to help make this program a success. Our goal is to empower veterans by providing tuition-free guidance and education designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success. Please joins us in supporting veteran entrepreneurs in Central Florida launch and grow businesses while creating jobs and growing our regional economy.

If your organization would like to get involved, please contact us!

Go here to apply.

UCF Business Incubator, Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program


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