About the V-WISE Program

Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management. 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).

V-WISE is operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the generous philanthropic support of corporate and foundation partners nationwide.

Who Is Eligible:

  • Honorably discharged women veterans of any military branch and service era, including National Guard and Reserve components
  • Active duty women service members of any military branch, including National Guard and Reserve components
  • Women spouses/same-sex life partners of above (including widowed spouses/partners)

Participants must be able to complete the online component of the program and be able to travel to one of the mandatory conferences.

To Apply:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and classes are filled first come, first served; therefore early application is highly encouraged.  Please note V-WISE is a three phase program and applications must be received in time for all students to complete the Phase I online course.

Selection is based on proof of military status and demonstration of entrepreneurial passion on the application. We ask that spouses/partners supply the DD214 or LES of the veteran/service member.

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What it Costs:

The program is offered to qualified participants for a one-time $75 registration fee. Participants are responsible for their transportation costs to and from the on-site conference location (to include parking fees when applicable) and for dinner on the second evening of the conference. The cost of the program, lodging and all other meals during the residency, are funded by the SBA and private-sector partners secured by the IVMF.