The University of West Florida’s Military and Veterans Resource Center has partnered with Veterans Florida to offer a 60-hour Veterans Entrepreneur Advanced Master Class to qualified Veteran Entrepreneurs.  The first Cohort begins August 18, 2018 and culminates on November 3 with a Celebration and Pitch Competition between the attendees. For the previous Cohort the MVRC raised almost $40,000 in Cash and In-Kind Services that were distributed between the top three Pitch Winners.  This Cohort is based upon the CO.STARTERS Model. Our Program is designed to have 10 -16 entrepreneurs work in a Collaborative, Mentored environment with structured Modules. Our Program takes the entrepreneur “from the tip of their pencil” to a proven idea or product that is ready to launch.   The MVRC has added 33 additional Classroom hours to ensure that all participants receive the maximum benefit from their efforts.


Advanced Program

60 hours of in-class training held at one of our six participating organizations designed to prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. For veterans with well-defined business ideas or early-stage companies. Acceptance required. Register


Discover Online Courses

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship at your own pace with our online curriculum. Perfect for veterans contemplating entrepreneurship. Open to all vets.

About the Instructors

Marc Churchwell

Marc Churchwell, Master Chief Petty Officer U.S. Navy (Retired) is the founding director of the University of West Florida’s (UWF) Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC), currently ranked 5th in the country by Victory Media.  Serving on active duty in the US Navy Submarine Force (1976 – 2004), his career culminated in a series of senior leadership assignments in the Navy Submarine Force.  In UWF’s MVRC, Marc has created a model for other institutions to emulate, providing dedicated support and guidance to all military affiliated students (`24% of total student population) built on a concierge concept of customer service. Marc has created and continues to nurture a powerful network hub of veteran support organizations in the Florida panhandle, an advocacy focused on the needs of veterans and their families as well as active duty service members.

Robert Foster

Robert Foster, is currently Program Coordinator for the University of West Florida and Veterans Florida Entrepreneurial Training Program out of Pensacola.  Previous to his UWF position, he was Director of the Fort Walton Beach-Venture Hive Veterans Business Accelerator.  Concurrently, for the last twelve years he has held the position of Division Manager for www.Apogee.us a telecommunications company that he helped found twenty years ago; Apogee is the largest provider of combined telecommunications services to Higher Education in the United States.  Mr. Foster’s Division takes advantage of Apogee’s Coast-to-Coast and Border-to-Boarder technology footprint to facilitate Warrant-based Intercepts (“Wire Taps”) for the Law Enforcement.  Foster, a serial Entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded 12 Technology Companies in Austin, Texas, began his business Career as an IBM Field Engineer in Pensacola, Florida.  Foster’s 17-year International career with IBM included Engineering, Sales, Management, International Strategy Advisor, Sr. Product Planner and Division Manager.  Foster, who has authored and had 13 patents issued in his name, is a Fellow and Mentor at the UWF College of Business in Pensacola.  Foster’s speaking engagements have included the Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Association, ITEN Wired, the University of Texas MBA Honors class, among others.