UTSA & Soldiers' Angels Announce Entrepreneur Academy

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New business incubator in San Antonio will equip veterans for financial Independence as part of the initial offering of Project-360°, a full-circle, drop-in support center for service members of all branches.

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The project will include a Resource Center for veteran issues and transition support, a Health & Wellness Center addressing both physical and mental fitness, and an Entrepreneur Academy to teach and prepare veterans to become successful entrepreneurs.

Today, Soldiers' Angels officially announced Project-360° and a partnership with The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) that will form the foundation of the Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy.

Operated out of the Soldiers' Angels Support Center in San Antonio, Project-360° will be a full-circle, drop-in support center for service members of all branches. The project will include a Resource Center for veteran issues and transition support, a Health & Wellness Center addressing both physical and mental fitness, and an Entrepreneur Academy to teach and prepare veterans to become successful entrepreneurs. With a mission to empower veterans with the skills necessary to succeed in life, Project-360° is a comprehensive model expected to be replicated throughout the country.

In conjunction with the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) at UTSA, the Soldiers' Angels Project-360° Entrepreneur Academy is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for veterans interested in starting a business venture as a means to financial independence. Under the coordination of CITE assistant director Anita Leffel, CITE will provide curriculum, instruction, program materials, mentorship and advising for the Academy.

A six-month learning experience for up to 20 veterans, the Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy will take the entrepreneur from concept to business development, business plan and investor pitch. Participating veterans will benefit from a rigorous, structured curriculum with hands-on learning, seminars, networking opportunities, and personalized interaction and mentoring by successful veteran entrepreneurs. In addition, veterans in each class will compete for venture capital to establish their new business when they exit the Academy.

The Entrepreneur Academy will be a three-phase learning experience with the ultimate goal of preparing veterans for a business start-up and an appointed advisory board. Offered both onsite at the Soldiers' Angels Support Center in San Antonio and offsite via the Internet, the Academy's curriculum will equip students to be truly successful in America’s competitive business environment. Designed as a business incubator, the Entrepreneur Academy will include full amenities such as high-speed wireless, conference rooms, meeting rooms, private offices, and a resource room with copiers, scanners, and other resources.

The first Entrepreneur Academy class of 20 onsite students in San Antonio is scheduled to start July 2013. For more information about Project-360°, including application or sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.soldiersangels.org/project360 or email project360(at)soldiersangels(dot)org.

About Soldiers' Angels:
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-based, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing aid and comfort to members of U.S. Armed Forces, as well as veterans and military families. As Soldiers’ Angels celebrates its 10th Year Anniversary and enters an era of peace, we are shifting focus back to our shores by ensuring that over 100,000 deployed troops that are coming home are not forgotten. For more information, visit http://www.soldiersangels.org Tax ID# 20-0583415 CFC #25131

About CITE:
The Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering. The center fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support. For more information, visit http://www.business.utsa.edu/cite.

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