It was great to welcome to campus Governor Evers and Secretary Mary Kolar of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs last week for a check presentation to the FVTC Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of the WI DVA, almost $100,000 will fund new cohorts of veterans in an “Innovation Accelerator” program offered by our Venture Center. This program is designed to provide entrepreneurial training and technical support, networking opportunities, one-to-one mentoring and seed funding for start-up/growth expenses for veteran-owned businesses.
We are very pleased to be able to continue our partnership with the WI DVA this year in offering Innovation Accelerator to more veterans. Over the last two years, 37 veterans have completed this customized entrepreneurship training, a group that has gone on to launch 25 successful new businesses and expand 8 existing businesses.
Recently, I crossed paths with one of those businesses – Iron Alliance – which focuses on all aspects of personal health and well-being, including organizational cultures and how leadership factors into a work culture. Iron Alliance is owned and operated by a couple of very impressive young men trying to make a real difference in people’s lives. They asked me to be part of their podcast series. Check out their website at https://www.teamironalliance.com.
And if you’re interested in listing to my Iron Alliance podcast, here’s a link: https://www.fvtc.edu/news/Story/college-president-on-leadership