Investing in Veteran Small Business Success
Realizing Your Dream is a collaborative partnership between the Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), Citi SalutesSM, the Citi Foundation and the Accion U.S. Network. Realizing Your Dream is committed to fostering veteran entrepreneurship in America. Working closely with leading nonprofits and public agencies, we offer tools, resources and strong networks of support for veterans and their families to become successful business owners.
Business Plan Competition: Working with IVMF and graduates of the V-WISE and Boots to Business programs, Citi Salutes began a national search for the next generation of veteran entrepreneurs. Twelve winners will each take home a share of $130,000 in prizes to start their own business.*
Access to Capital and Networks: With support from Accion, graduates of V-WISE and Boots to Business who are ready and able to build strong businesses will be able to apply to secure financing, access local workshops and networking events and serve as resources to fellow veterans and their families seeking to build businesses as pathways to long-term financial security.
*Funding provided by the Citi Foundation