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.

Applications are being accepted now for the Fall 2021 Cohort. Deadline to apply: Friday, September 17.
(Due to COVID-19, the content will be delivered remotely.)

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Fall 2021 Program Schedule

Cohort Orientation: Thursday September 30, 2021

Phase I Online: October 1 - October 8

Phase II Virtual Residency

  • Meeting 1: Saturday, October 9, 2021: 8 am - 3 pm
  • Meeting 2: Monday, October 11, 2021: 5:30 pm - 3 pm
  • Meeting 3: Saturday, October 16, 2021: 8 am - 3 pm
  • Meeting 4: Monday, October 18, 2021: 5:30 pm - 8 pm        
  • Meeting 5: Saturday, October 23, 2021: 8 am - 3 pm
  • Meeting 6: Saturday, October 30, 2021: 8 am - 3 pm
  • Meeting 7: Monday, November 1, 2021: 5:30 pm - 8 pm
  • Meeting 8: Saturday, November 6, 2021 – Graduation and VET Symposium


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Contact Information
Part-Time Associate
Dale Mabry
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