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, dependents (spouse or 1st generation child), active-duty service members (preferably with less than one year before discharge), and current or former members of the National Guard or Reserves.
  • If you are non-military affiliated, but are part owner of a company where 50% or more of the company is owned by a veteran, active-duty service member, reservist, national guard member, or spouse of any of the aforementioned military affiliated members, you are eligible to participate in the STRIVE program   
  • Graduates of other IVMF programs are eligible.

The application is OPEN for Summer 2024.  Program dates: June 25, 2024 - August 9, 2024. 

Apply for the Summer 2024 Training

Deadline to Apply: June 20, 2024

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