With support from South Florida-based Source One Distributors, Inc and its founder Mark Llano, the 2009 Vetrepreneur of the Year, this year’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program at Florida State University will include some extra incentives for military veterans taking part in the program.
At the end of this summer’s boot camp, each of the 21 participating veterans will present his or her individual business plan and entrepreneurial dream to a panel of judges. The judges will then select six veterans to walk away with seed money to pursue their business goals — two with $1,500 first-place prizes, two with second-place prizes of $1,000, and two with third-place prizes of $500.
“This is the first time anything like this has been offered, not only at FSU, but at any affiliated boot-camp program in the country,” said Randy Blass, director of Florida State’s program and a faculty member in the university’s College of Business. “One of the biggest obstacles for starting a new venture is start-up capital, so a cash prize serves not only to provide much-needed assistance but also signals that an idea has merit.”
The money for the prizes was offered to the program by Source One Distributors and its president and CEO, Mark Llano. “It’s heartening to see high caliber schools such as Florida State University supporting the men and women of the armed forces,” said Llano. “We are very happy to be involved and look forward to seeing the results of the boot-camp.”
The Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans with Disabilities, which began in 2007 at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management, is offered at a consortium of universities including Florida State, Texas A&M University, the University of California Los Angeles, Purdue University and the University of Connecticut. The program is recognized by the Army Community Covenant program of the Department of the Army as a “national best practice” program.
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