The STRIVE program is an entrepreneurship training program offered through Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), in partnership with Hillsborough Community College.

The STRIVE program offers Veterans, active duty, Reserve/Guard, and their spouses the opportunity to take an early stage business, or business idea through a rigorous 6-week training program. The program leads to post program support both locally as well as nationally through the IVMF network.

If accepted, this program is completely free of charge. Participants who complete the program, and meet certain requirements will qualify to apply for funding through the HCC Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Seed Fund. STRIVE graduates will be assigned to a designated InLab@HCC mentor.


  • Open to all honorably discharged Veterans, spouses, active duty service members (with less than one year before discharge), and current or former members of the National Guard or Reserves. 
  • 50% or more of the business must be owned by a Veteran, active military service member, Reserve/Guard, or military spouse.  
  • Graduates of other IVMF programs are eligible.

The application period is open for spring 2023.

Register Here for Spring 2023

Program Phases

The 3-phase program provides Veterans with a nascent (budding) early stage business, or idea for a business, the opportunity to take action. This program helps to identify, overcome and mitigate trouble spots within the business model, leading to increased potential for success.

Spring 2023 Program Schedule

  • Application Closes: April 15, 2023
  • Orientation: Thursday, April 20, 2023, 5:30pm-7pm

Phase I Online Orientation (1 Week):  April 21 - April 28, 2023

Phase II Residency (5 Weeks):

  • Session 1 Saturday April 29, 2023, 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Session 2 Monday May 1, 2023, 5:30pm-8pm
  • Session 3 Saturday May 6, 2023, 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Session 4 Monday May 8, 2023, 5:30pm-8pm
  • Session 5 Saturday May 13, 2023, 8:00am-3:00pm
  • Session 6 Monday May 20,2023, 5:30pm-8pm
  • Session 7 Saturday May 22, 2023, 8:00am-3:00pm

Graduation: June 3, 2023 10:00am-1:00pm

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Contact Information
Business Assistant Professor
Dale Mabry
DSSC 209
Business Associate Professor
Dale Mabry
DSSC 202