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Pivoting your company’s business model during this challenging time could mean the difference between your company’s continuity or closure. RISE (Resilience. Innovate. Sustain. Evaluate.) is a virtual, bootcamp-style program focused on sustainability and tackles head-on topics such as the financial, operational, strategic planning and communication challenges small businesses are facing during these unprecedented times.

Hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, part of Florida State University’s College of Business, and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, RISE is a six-week program dedicated to veteran business owners and military family business owners. Over the course of six weeks, participants will walk away with the tools and training needed to continue to pivot and grow their business during these challenging times. Topics include redetermining your company’s business model, content ideation, rebranding for reopening, determining a sustainable growth rate, strategic assessment and more.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in R.I.S.E. It has been a total game changer. I am proceeding with both pivot points as fast as my legs (& finances) can take me. If not for R.I.S.E., I think I would have puttered along, living off of my savings, waiting for COVID 19 to become a distant memory & playing catch up/make up dates with my existing clients. I estimated that it would take me an entire year to honor all of the 2020 bookings & who knows when I would able to book brand new events. I would be operating on financial fumes & hoping for an unrealistic amount of sales. Not to mention, I would be in a completely different place emotionally & mentally. R.I.S.E. help me quantify/qualify some hard realities & also helped me realize that my interests really do lie elsewhere.”
Navy Veteran

Application & Schedule

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 RISE program! The program will run from March 22 - April 30, 2021. You can find the complete schedule below. All of the following sessions are mandatory attendance.



RISE Spring 2021 PROGRAM Schedule

Date: Activity:
January 11, 2021 Application Open
February 10, 2021 Webinar
March 4, 2021 Applications Close
March 5, 2021 Notice of Acceptance
March 15-18, 2021 Pre-program Enrollment
March 22-April 30, 2021 RISE Program


  • One year in business
  • Military family member (first degree) or veteran owned business or veteran operated business
  • Company is in a position where it needs to expand or contract
  • Graduates of other IVMF or EBV programs are eligible
  • If accepted, veteran participant is permitted to invite civilian C-suite colleague to participate in RISE program alongside veteran

Length & Format

The RISE program will take place over the course of six weeks virtually on Zoom and Blackboard. The program will consist of a mix of live sessions, recorded sessions and weekly deliverables. There will also be a weekly opportunity for participants to network with their peers.

Costs and Logistics

As a result of the generous support of our donors and the IVMF, applicants accepted to the RISE Program will have expenses covered at no cost.


What does RISE stand for?

  • R = Resilience
  • I = Innovate
  • S = Sustain
  • E = Evaluate

What size company is this program suited for?

RISE is useful for businesses as small as sole proprietorship to large companies.

What is the weekly time commitment?

Each participant will be required to dedicate 6 to 10 hours a week to the RISE program.

What type of course content can I expect from the program?

  • Problem Analysis - SWOT & Data Analysis
  • Ideation - Design Thinking
  • Logic of Profit & Economics
  • Operationalization - Action Planning, Talent Assemble, Decision Making & Business Modeling
  • Strategic Assessment & Long-Term Planning

What platforms will R.I.S.E. be facilitated on?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inaugural RISE program will be facilitated virtually on Zoom and Blackboard. The program will consist of a mix of live sessions, recorded sessions and weekly deliverables. There will also be a weekly opportunity for participants to network with their peers.

What documents are required for the application?

  • DD-214 (showing dates and character of service)
  • Proof of business ownership is required
  • Capability Statement (Optional, click link below for example)

What is a capability statement?

A capability statement is a concise, one-page document of your business competencies. Think of it as your business's resume. Its purpose is to provide specific information that will convince potential customers to do business with you. Click HERE to view a sample Capability Statement. This document serves only as an example, applicants do not have to submit a document with the same layout or design.

Am I eligible if I have gone through another IVMF program?

Yes. Any IVMF program graduate is eligible to take this program.

Am I eligible if I have not participated in an IVMF program?

Yes. Previous participation in a past IVMF program is not required.

What is the Institute for Veterans Military Families (IVMF)?

The IVMF at Syracuse University is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the post-service lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families to serve those who have served. Supported by a world-class advisory board and public and private partners, their professional staff delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active-duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to veterans of all eras. The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; and works with communities and non-profits across the nation to enhance service delivery for the 22.5 million veterans throughout the United States and their families.

For more information, contact:

Email: IVMFEducation@syr.edu

Phone: (315) 443-6898

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