Veteran Capital Readiness Initiative

The Veteran Capital Readiness Initiative (V-CAP) is an entrepreneurship training initiative offered through our partners at Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).

Funded through the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) Capital Readiness Program, V-CAP provides free technical assistance and educational resources to help veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs become financially ready and build a path to success.

About the V-CAP Initiative

V-CAP meets transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses where they are in their entrepreneurial journey and connects them to the resources, services, and programs they need to thrive.

Through a combination of online and in-person training, V-CAP helps entrepreneurs develop the core competencies needed to create and sustain an entrepreneurial venture. V-CAP participants will get connected to local networks and educational resources in their community to support and advance their entrepreneurship goals.

The initiative provides free resources and support in key areas, including:

  • Capital access and financial readiness training
  • Business training and mentorship
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Alumni services and support

Get Started Today

The V-CAP initiative is included within the Startup Training Resources to Inspire Veteran Entrepreneurships (STRIVE) program at participating NACCE community colleges.

V-CAP Phases

  • Phase 1: 1 week of online training
  • Phase 2: 5 weeks of in-person training
  • Phase 3: Post-program support


Current NACCE colleges offering STRIVE/V-CAP include:

  • Central Oregon Community College
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Hillsborough Community College
  • Houston Community College
  • Kaua’i Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • University of South Florida

Interested in becoming a V-CAP College?


For veteran and military-connected entrepreneurs interested in participating in V-CAP, visit IVMF’s V-CAP website to learn how the initiative can kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.