Project R.U.S.S.E.L.

The aim of this project is to understand how start-up accelerators and peer networks can be leveraged explicitly to develop entrepreneurial self-efficacy in military veterans

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If you have it in you to take that oath, then you have it in you to start a business and to succeed at it..." Greg Coleman, Co-Founder Nexercise

Seeking a Real-time Understanding of the Social, Structural and Economic Limitations on veterans

The aim of this project is to understand how start-up accelerators and peer networks can be shaped specifically to develop entrepreneurial self-efficacy in military veterans, with the goal of ensuring veterans have the relevant skills and knowledge to launch, lead successful business ventures.

 

Some of the specific research questions to be addressed during this project are:

Building veteran confidence

How can start-up accelerators foster entrepreneurial self-efficacy in veterans?

Overcoming Challenges

What unique challenges do veterans face in starting and managing a business? 

Pulling the Pin

How can veteran entrepreneurs be encouraged to start their own businesses?

Bridging Knowledge Gaps

What specific entrepreneurial skill, knowledge gaps or needs do veterans have?

Empowering Veteran Success

What entrepreneurial ecosystem elements would support veteran business success?

Measuring Success

Broadly, how are outcomes of start-up accelerators defined and measured?

Our Partners

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'People want us to succeed'

“I would absolutely encourage veterans to pursue this path…If you can live with the fact that you might fail, and that’s ok…you can do it…there is no better status symbol right now than to be a veteran entrepreneur. People want us to succeed…we have spent careers defending the American Dream of business ownership, and now it is our time to participate in that dream of business ownership.”

 

– Craig Cummings, Co-Founder RideScout