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.

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.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort.
(Due to COVID-19, the content will be delivered remotely.)

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Fall 2020 Program Schedule


  • Thursday, September 24, 2020    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

​Phase 1 Online - One Week

  • Friday, September 25, 2020 through Friday October 2, 2020

Phase 2 In-Person Residency Training

  • Session 1: Saturday, October 3, 2020     8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Session 2: Monday, October 5, 2020      5:30 pm -9:00 pm
  • Session 3: Saturday, October 17, 2020   8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Session 4: Monday, October 19, 2020    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Session 5: Saturday, October 24, 2020   8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Session 6: Saturday, October 31, 2020   8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Session 7:  Monday, November 2, 2020  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


  • Session 8: Saturday, November 7, 2020      1:00  pm (as part of the Annual VETS Symposium)