ETSU and Sync Space Partnership to Bring Entrepreneurial Program for Our Region’s Veterans.


East Tennessee State University’s College of Management and Marketing and Sync Space Entrepreneur Center are partnering to bring the STRIVE veteran entrepreneur program back for a second term beginning Spring 2021. The program is offered to veteran’s who are ready to start or grow their business.

ETSU is just the second institution in the country selected to host a STRIVE program through a partnership with Syracuse Universitys Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). The IVMF program has trained over 70,000 veteran entrepreneurs by leveraging the skills, resources, and infrastructure of higher education institutions.

This program is designed to assist Veterans through all stages of their business plan. Whether they have an idea, a business in the early stages, or an established business looking to grow, everyone will benefit from this training course.

Throughout the course, participants will develop their entrepreneurial knowledge and interact with subject matter experts to create a strategy for growing their business and expanding their network.

“Especially in times of uncertainty, ETSU will continue to take a lead in helping our veterans as they start businesses and continue their careers in our region” says Dr. Allen Gorman, chair of College of Management and Marketing “and we are thankful and appreciative of Sync Space’s partnership in helping us bring the STRIVE program to our region for its second year.”

The 8-week course consists of evening meetings and is accepting applications through December 31, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the accelerator program at

“On this Veteran’s Day, we are excited to announce our continued partnership with ETSU to provide resources and support as we help our veteran entrepreneurs start and grown their businesses.” says Heath Guinn, President of Sync Space.

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