Veterans Business Incubator

Program Details

Education

We created the Veteran Business Incubator program to recognize veterans' sacrifices and to help them understand the requirements to be an entrepreneur, educate them on the building blocks of founding and running a startup business.

Community

Our goal is to connect veterans with with the resources, expertise and network to excel while allowing them to connect with the local business community.

Adaption

We strive to provide transitioning military personnel with the tools to help them evaluate the potential of starting a new business or reach scale for those with an existing business.

Qualifications

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! 

Veterans

Transitioning Members

Spouses

Program Goals

The program will help members in answering the typical questions faced by most start-ups.

Strategy

Am I addressing a problem worth solving? What do I do if not?

Structure

How should I organize my business? Why does that matter?

Pitching

How do I connect my product to stakeholders through storytelling?

Marketing

How do I gain and leverage early adopters?

Capital

Do I need to raise funding? If yes, when and from whom?

Community

How do I build a tribe of supporters?

Program Mentors

Format

The program is designed around a real-life “case study” where each participant will start the program by describing their business idea or current company stage. Each week, course leaders will introduce a new topic and provide leadership guidance while participants apply that knowledge to their venture. The ultimate goal will be for each member to graduate on the last day of the program with a 10-minute final pitch presentation that makes a clear and concise case to investors for time, effort or money.

Curriculum

9 three-hour Tuesday evening sessions comprising of a presenting speaker and business development workshop.

Speakers

Four three-hour Thursday meetings led by a speaker who has transitioned from military service and started a successful growth business. 

Networking

Free-flowing interactive sessions where participants consult with each other and apply their classroom learnings to their business.

Mentors


Six dedicated and successful professionals providing insight and expertise. 

Schedule

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings
Oct. 6 - Dec. 03, 2020

Tuesday Evening Classes

Date Class # Topic
Oct. 06 1 Introduction
Oct. 13 2 Meet the Mentors
Oct. 20 3
Business Model Canvas - Matt Harper
Oct. 27
4 Customer Discovery - Robert Blacklidge
Nov. 03
5 Legal Basics - Mark Ingram
Nov. 10 6 Finance and Accounting
Nov. 17 7 Sales and Marketing - Kim Richmond
Nov. 24 8 Pitch Deck and Storytelling - Allison Shapira
Dec. 01 9 Funding - TBD

Thursday Evening Speakers and Events

Date Event
Oct. 08 Guest Speaker 1
Oct. 22 Guest Speaker 2
Oct. 29 Program Dinner & Social
Nov. 05
Guest Speaker 3
Nov. 19
Guest Speaker 4
Dec. 03 Closing Session and Dinner

Schedule and class topics subject to change.

Veteran Business Network

Our veteran 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. The Veterans Business Incubator 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.

Curriculum Milestones

The program is designed around a real-life “case study” where each participant will start the program by describing their business idea or current company stage. Each week, course leaders will introduce a new topic and provide leadership guidance while participants apply that knowledge to their venture. The ultimate goal will be for each member to graduate on the last day of the program with a 10-minute final pitch presentation that makes a clear and concise case to investors for time, effort or money.

Ideation

Complete a well-thought-out definition of the business problem (or business opportunity) and its solution.

Conceptualization

Complete an outline detailing what secondary and primary market research is needed including competitive analysis, to determine the market value of the business.

Creation

Create a plan for the development of the product (prototype) and/or services methodology in order to prove that the business concept is viable.

Evaluation

Complete a well-thought-out definition of the business problem (or business opportunity) and its solution.

Preparation

Complete an outline detailing what secondary and primary market research is needed including competitive analysis, to determine the market value of the business.

Going To Market

Create a plan for the development of the product (prototype) and/or services methodology in order to prove that the business concept is viable.

Graduation

Upon graduation from the VBI Program, participants may be invited to transition to the Center of Advanced Technology and Innovation’s Venture Incubator program.