Another Initiative Serving Veterans and Military Families Operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
V-WISE | Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship


Welcome to V-WISE!

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the generous philanthropic support of corporate and foundation partners nationwide. V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture. The three-phases of the program include a 15-day online course (Phase I), 3-day entrepreneurship training event (Phase II), and ongoing mentorship, training and support opportunities for graduates launching or growing their business (Phase III).

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Congratulations to our VetSmallBiz Growth Challenge 2.0 finalists! *Oliver Noteware, Street Smarts VR - 1st place ($25,000) and Most Innovative ($5,000) *Mike Waldron, 23rd Veteran - 2nd place ($15...

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Upcoming Events

IGNITE El Paso – April 12, 2018

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V-WISE Pittsburgh – June 1-3, 2018

V-WISE San Diego – September 14-16, 2018

IGNITE D.C. @ AUSA – October 10, 2018

V-WISE is open to all women veterans, active duty female service members and female partners/spouses of active service members and veterans who share the goal of launching and growing a sustainable business venture. Are you bold enough to make it happen?

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…of program participants reported high satisfaction ratings regarding V-WISE content, instructors, guest speakers and staff.


…of V-WISE graduates have launched a new venture, or report a positive impact of the program related to growing an existing venture.


…of program participants reported their overall experience at the V-WISE conference to be positively related to their business needs.


…of program participants reported the V-WISE online courses to be useful and appropriate for their needs.

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The 3 Phases of V-WISE

Phase 1 - Online

Phase I of the V-WISE program is a 15-day online learning experience designed to teach participants the “language of business,” how to understand opportunity recognition as it relates to growing a sustainable venture, and present actionable strategies related to new venture creation.

Phase 2 - Conference

The conference phase of the V-WISE experience is a three-day training offered to cohorts of 200 women at locations across the country.  Participants must complete Phase I before attending Phase II.

The conference includes more than 20 distinct modules of training (representing over 40 hours of coursework!) designed for both new business owners and to support the needs of existing ventures.  Topics addressed include business concepts, financing, guerrilla marketing, human resources, legal challenges, profit models, and more.

Phase 3 - Business Support

Phase III, V-WISE Biz Support, provides program graduates with technical assistance to start and grow their business.  Graduates will have access to incorporation services, financing services, mentorship, and opportunities for further education and skill building with the IVMF and its partners, often at a reduced or waived cost.  These services are available through a password protected website.