Veterans Business Incubator

Recognizing Sacrifice

We know that your service meant sacrifice. SCF created the Veterans Business Incubator (VBI) to help recognize that professional and personal sacrifice. We provide the resources, expertise and mentors you’ll need to launch and grow your business.

Pitch day is December 3rd!

Our inaugural cohort will present their investor pitches to a panel of judges. Panel participants to be announced soon.

One quarter of active duty military personnel want to start their own business. Less than 5% do. We're here to bridge that gap.

Program Goals

Whether your business is just an idea or established and ready to grow, our Veterans Business Incubator (VBI) program will help you reach your goals! Learn how to answer vital questions:

  • Am I addressing a problem worth solving?
  • How should I structure my startup? Do I need a co-founder?
  • Who are my customers and how do I gain and leverage early adopters?
  • Do I need to raise funds?
  • How do I build the required community to support my startup?
Veteran business owner

Mentors

Startup Entrepreneurs at work

Launch and Grow your Startup

VBI is a three-month part-time evening program will help you tackle the important questions and more. 

  • Program length: Three months (Oct-Dec 2020)
  • Training sessions: Nine three-hour Tuesday evening sessions
  • Speaker Events: Four Thursday evening fireside chats
Come motivated. We'll cover the education and tools.

Qualifications

You’re looking to create a startup or grow your existing tech business. Open to all veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses. This includes you Coastguard!

Format

SCF’s VBI program provides experiential instruction, mentors and accomplished guest speakers while surrounding you with like-minded entrepreneurs.

VBI Network

Our startup community.

One of the most important elements of a successful new venture is the ability of its team members to network with potential investors, customers, advisors, mentors, etc. VBI will leverage the vast network of the Manatee-Sarasota business community and the larger Tampa Bay region entrepreneur community. We continually invite entrepreneurs, investors, prominent research oriented universities, government participants and subject matter experts to join our startup community through direct interaction with our program participants, locally hosted events or member company presentations thus we are always growing our valuable network. VBI graduates will also be connected to the wider national community of veteran incubator graduates who will provide invaluable resources and mentorship.

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