STRIVE coming to Kingsport in March 2022

Nearly a year ago, we posted this announcement in that Kingsport’s Sync Space Entrepreneur Center had forged a partnership with East Tennessee State University (ETSU) to bring the “Start-up Training Resources Inspiring Veteran Entrepreneurship” program to Northeast Tennessee.

Now, ETSU’s College of Business and Technology and the ETSU Research Corporation are partnering with Kingsport’s Academic Village to offer a cohort of the eight-week program to Kingsport in Spring 2022. Known by the acronym STRIVE, the program is available to all veterans who are ready to start or grow their business.

Scheduled for March, the program will be held in-person at the Kingsport Higher Education Center with a virtual attendance option also be available. The content is designed to assist veterans through all stages of their business plan – from an idea to an established business wanting to grow.

“We are excited to announce STRIVE is now accepting applications for our 2022 program,” said William H. Heise, Program Director. “This will be the third year that the program has been offered to local veterans and our first year to bring the program to Kingsport.”

ETSU is only 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). IVMF has trained more than 70,000 veteran entrepreneurs by leveraging the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education institutions.

In addition to the ETSU Research Corporation and Sync Space, STRIVE is also supported by BoxDrop and and Tennessee Small Business Development Centers. Applications are open for the spring 2022 cohort with the deadline set for December 31. For more information and the application, click here.



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