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 Spring 2021 cohort.  Application deadline is Friday, April 16, 2021
(Due to COVID-19, the content will be delivered remotely.)

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Spring 2021 Program Schedule

Cohort Orientation: Thursday April 22 

Phase I Online:

  • Friday April 23 through Friday April 30

Phase II Live Zoom Virtual Sessions

  • Virtual Meeting 1: Saturday May 1, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 2: Monday, May 3, 2021 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 3: Saturday, May 8, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 4: Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 5: Monday, May 17, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 6: Saturday, May 22, 2021 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 7: Monday May 23, 2021 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Meeting 8 & Graduation: Saturday, June 5, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

(Please note that Memorial Day is Monday, May 31, 2021. There will be no sessions on Saturday 5/29 or Monday 5/31)


Graduation is the Saturday after Memorial Day - June 5, 2021.