STRIVE Program

Assisting Veterans through all stages of their business plan.


East Tennessee State University’s Department 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 University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).  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.


East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology (CBAT) serves over 2,800 students and consists of seven departments that offer a diverse range of academic programs. Within the college, you will find undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as: Accountancy, Computing, Digital Media, Economics and Finance , Engineering, Engineering Technology, Interior Architecture, Management and Marketing, and Surveying and Mapping. For more information, visit

Who Should Apply?

Veterans who are ready to start or grow their business. Applicants are encouraged to apply whether they have an idea, a business in the early stages, or an established business looking to grow.

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 grow their businesses.

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