The Mid-America Science Park is inviting Scott County military veterans interested in starting or growing a new business to apply for V2B — an entrepreneur training program for startup and early stage companies. V2B offers coaching and mentoring at MASP, training at the University of Louisville’s Nucleus: Kentucky’s Innovation Center and seed money for eligible startup expenses. There is no cost for veterans to participate. Applications are available now.
V2B participants will use Lean Startup methodology, working with business coaches to learn how to hone ideas, develop strategies and build a network in the business and entrepreneurial communities. One-on-one coaching will be provided at MASP to assist veterans leading up to, during and following a 10-week training program at UofL’s Nucleus. V2B participants will have access to local business owners in Scott County and the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs.
“Military veterans often succeed as business owners because they are disciplined leaders with a strong work ethic,” said MASP Executive Director Joe Pearson, Ed. D. “We are honored to support veterans with this new initiative and thrilled to partner with UofL, a university known for its top-ranked business programs.”
V2B training classes will meet in Louisville from 6-9 p.m. one night a week for 10 weeks, beginning in early September. Each session will feature a presentation by a successful business leader, providing an opportunity to engage the regional entrepreneurial community.
The program is being funded with grants and sponsorships from local businesses, organizations and the Scott County Economic Development Corporation. Companies interested in supporting V2B are asked to contact MASP Director of Business Development David Church at (812) 752-9521 ext. 1235.
Applications for V2B class will be accepted until June 15. Candidates will be interviewed in early July, and veterans selected for the program will begin weekly coaching sessions at MASP the week of July 15. Space is limited, so veterans are encouraged to apply now at maspark.org/V2B.