Can I attend V-WISE or other IVMF educational programs if I attend IGNITE?

Yes. Participation in IGNITE does not affect your eligibility to apply to any other IVMF program, including V-WISE..

Are there any resources available to me right now?

Yes.  The IVMF Resource Library is a free and simple search engine that allows veterans to locate and review helpful information about anything and everything related to veterans and entrepreneurship.  IVMF has collaborated a variety of informative articles, guidebooks, documents, videos and more to help keep veterans no the leading edge of entrepreneurship.

What if I need to cancel my attendance at the IGNITE event?

Please email the V-WISE Program Coordinator at vwise@syr.edu as soon as you become aware that you need to cancel attendance so that your seat can be made available to another aspiring entrepreneur.

Will I receive college or continuing education credit for participating in IGNITE?

No. The IGNITE program does not result in college credit or continuing education credits.

Will I need to prove veteran or marital/life partner status?

The IGNITE program registration process will include a self-attestation of your veteran, active service member, or military spouse/life partner status.

Do I already have to be a business owner to attend?

No. IGNITE is meant as an introductory training for individuals just starting or thinking about starting a small business journey.

How many times can I participate in IGNITE?

Eligible female veterans and military spouses/partners can attend IGNITE up to one time. You may still participate in V-WISE conference after completing IGNITE.

What is the cost of the program?

A registration fee of approximately $25 will be determined by city. Not all IGNITE programs will be subject to a registration fee. Breakfast, lunch and materials are provided during the event. Participants are responsible for their transportation costs to and from the event location (to include parking fees when applicable) and for any lodging required.

What if I live far away?

IGNITE is a regionally focused event intended for those within driving distance. Participants are required to provide their own transportation to and from the conference and any lodging if they choose to stay overnight.


Do I need to have a college degree, or have taken some college courses, to attend?

No. The IGNITE program is designed to take any qualified participant, regardless of prior educational experiences, through the steps and stages of starting a new business. What’s important to us is your passion and willingness to learn!

When/How do I apply?

Interested participants may register for each IGNITE offering on a first come, first served basis. Registration will open 3-6 months prior to the event. The link to register will be published on the Calendar tab of the V-WISE website.