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The Venture Hive Spring Veterans Business Accelerator series is a part-time program to take your business to the next level. It runs for twelve weeks from Monday, April 10 - Friday, June 16, 2017.
Applications are open through, April 7, 2017.
Plan on an investment of 10-15 hours per week in yourself and your team when applying for either of these programs. Week one will include a 4-hour time commitment for orientation and expect 2-3 hours per week of scheduled mentoring or group sessions. We’ll end with our “Swarm” demo day in week 12, where you’ll pitch to a room full of investors and potential partners.
We can ensure complete confidentiality to those participants who are currently employed and are seeking to assess an opportunity before making the leap!
We do not take any equity — so you can retain complete control as you grow your business!
The City of Fort Walton Beach and Venture Hive have partnered to bring a unique training program for U.S. military veteran entrepreneurs (including veterans, military spouses and dependents, DoD employees), connecting them to the resources and support they need to grow and scale their businesses. The new Venture Hive Fort Walton Beach programs focus on retail, the travel & hospitality sector and the veterans population through 12-week structured offerings providing selected companies access to a dedicated group of business coaches, highly customized training and a relevant network to scale their ventures, driving the economic growth of the region.
Come join us – support the Emerald Coast’s business community and the greater Venture Hive network while being a part of shaping the future for some of the top startups in the world.
Weekly mentoring session: We’ll use your first mentoring session to map out your OKRs (objectives and key results) for the next three months. These cover your goals and the metrics you’ll use to measure your progress.
Each week’s curriculum will focus on a particular aspect of your business. Here’s an outline we’ve used in the past:
Bi-weekly pitch practice Sessions (six times throughout the program)
Bi-weekly office hours with attorneys and accountants
There will be various speakers and presentations during the program
All applications for the Spring 2017 Veterans Business Accelerator Series are due by April 7th 2017.
Learn remotely using our library of world-class online content. If you’re in the Fort Walton Beach Area area you’re welcome to join us at our offices for weekly mentoring sessions and stand-up meetings.
Work from Our Offices
We invite you to move in while in our program! You’ll be in the middle of the infectious energy of our ecosystem. We provide an amazing space to network and grow. Our facility at 139 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
The Venture Hive Accelerator is a part-time program to take your concept or business to the next level. It runs for twelve weeks from Monday, April 10 - Friday, June 16, 2017. We have two offerings to accommodate companies at different stages:
Bob, a Gulf Coast Native, first began his experience in Information Technology and Fortune 500 Business as an IBM Field Engineer in Pensacola. Foster’s subsequent seventeen-year career with IBM included positions in Engineering, Sales, Product Development, Education, and Evaluation (PEDE); Executive Management and Corporate Strategy.
He is returning to the Emerald Coast from Austin, Texas where he managed an IBM Development Laboratory Team before moving into the Entrepreneurial world. Following his exit from IBM he went on to found, fund, help launch and mentor numerous Central Texas start-ups, where he often acted in multiple capacities. A number of these start-ups were led by Veterans.
An Honorably Discharged Veteran of the Army Reserves, Foster is a Member of the Navy League of the United States and a Member of InfraGard and the Information Systems Security Association.
A serial entrepreneur, Dr. Amat built businesses in the entertainment industry for over a decade, including the first CD-ROM magazine and a national television show. After completing her MBA, Dr. Amat developed pediatric health monitoring products and earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship (coursework in industrial engineering, business, and education).
While teaching at the University of Miami, she founded The Launch Pad, which was considered the top model in entrepreneurship education. Her program and platform was replicated throughout the United States as Blackstone LaunchPads.
Dr. Amat served as the founding Chair of the STEM Board for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and actively speaks about entrepreneurship education internationally. She has consulted with the US State Department, The Kauffman Foudation, and the World Bank on ecosystem development. In 2012, Dr. Amat was honored as a 'Champion of Change' at the White House.