Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program

Are you a veteran looking to embark on an exciting entrepreneurial journey? Get help starting your veteran-owned business.

We're thrilled to introduce you to the Florida Atlantic Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program (VFEP). We recognize the unique skills, determination, and leadership qualities that veterans and their spouses bring to the business world. Our program is designed to empower you to harness these talents and transform your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.


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Interest Form Fall 2024



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The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program (VFEP), sponsored (fully-funded) by Veterans Florida, is an immersive and comprehensive educational program designed for current or future business owners. The 4-8 week intensive programs provide Veterans with the knowledge and skills needed for starting and/or growing businesses. In addition to the in-depth educational program, all Veterans are paired with a successful entrepreneur who provides direct guidance and mentorship throughout the program and beyond.

Startup Cohorts: If you join one of our VFEP Startup Programs, you will complete and produce a Business Model Canvas with the assistance of a mentor. You will determine if your idea, business, or new product or service is or is not validated and marketable. After successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to enter Florida Atlantic's annual Business Pitch Competition to compete for Startup seed funding.

Growth Cohort: If you join our VFEP Growth Program, you will receive training designed to provide you with plans to grow and expand your business. You are not required to have any employees but should have a business generating revenue. You will create a Business Model Canvas with the assistance of a mentor and will determine if your business is validated/marketable and if it is scalable/expandable.


  • Must be a Florida resident.
  • Must be one of the following:
    • An Honorably discharged veteran; must be able to provide copy of DD214 Member 4 copy or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs letter verifying honorable discharge.
    • An Active duty member of the United States military within 12 months of End Term of Service (ETS), or a member of the National Guard or United States Reserves; Partners must collect the letter confirming guard/reserve or active duty status.
    • a spouse who attends with another participant of a qualifying category.
  • Registered business entity or incorporated with the State of Florida on Sunbiz and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (For Growth Program only.)

Veterans Florida Expo

Veterans Florida hosts an annual statewide pitch competition where Florida Atlantic may recommend a pitch contestant from one of the cohorts listed above. The Expo is a two day event for veterans, separating or retiring service members, entrepreneurs, and spouses. It includes a career fair, entrepreneur resource fair with a pitch competition, and benefits exhibition to showcase everything veterans and their families need to know about working and living in Florida.

Florida Atlantic Business Pitch Competition | Veteran Track

Each year, Florida Atlantic University holds an annual Business Pitch Competition with a Veteran track sponsored by Eric. H. Shaw and Office Depot. Veterans who successfully completed one of the 2023-24 Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program Startup Cohorts were eligible to enter the competition to compete for startup seed funding.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Florida Atlantic Business Pitch Competition | Veteran Track

  • 1st place | $1,500 Dr. Eric H. Shaw Veterans Florida Entrepreneurial Excellence Award: Barracks Legend Foundation (Angelo Martinez. Natalia Earle, & Duke!)
  • 2nd place | $1,000 Office Depot award: Tennessee Bob's Hot Sauce Company (Robery Vasvary)

Congratulations to all who competed. We wish you all much success in your entrepreneurial endeavors!

See them all here: Florida Atlantic 2024 Business Pitch Competition | Veteran Track

 Business  Founder(s)
 Barracks Legend Foundation  Angelo Martinez, Natalia Earle, & Duke
 Tenneseeee Bob's Hot Sauce Co.  Robert Vasvary
 SmartTech Farms  John Wilkinson
 Canon Events  Ben Ergina
 Christ Empowered Fitness  Michael Trelles
 PixNow  Richard Raines







Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to help veterans transition to civilian life. The organization connects veterans to employers and connect employers with grant funds to hire and train veterans while educating veterans on how to open their own businesses in Florida.

Florida Atlantic University is a network partner of Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program that offers on-campus instruction and access to local resources such as business leaders and mentors. We encourage veterans to sign up for entrepreneurship courses!





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Contact Us 

Kevin Cox
Director, Adams Center for Entrepreneurship

Jennifer Granger
Program Manager, Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program


Adams Center for Entrepreneurship
777 Glades Road 
Carl DeSantis Pavilion, DS-201 
Boca Raton, FL 33431 | +1 (561) 297-3653