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UTSA and Soldiers’ Angels partner to offer academy for veteran entrepreneurs


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(March 12, 2013) -- The UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) has partnered with Soldiers' Angels to form an entrepreneurship training program for veterans in San Antonio interested in starting a business venture as a route to financial independence.

The Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy is a six-month program that 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.

Additionally, veterans in each class will compete for venture capital to establish their new businesses when they exit the academy. By the end of the six-month program, the goal is that each participating veteran will have developed a start-up business and appointed an advisory board.

Under the coordination of CITE assistant director Anita Leffel, CITE will provide curriculum, instruction, program materials, mentorship and advising for the academy.

The entrepreneur academy launches a new endeavor by Soldiers' Angels called Project-360°, which will be a full-circle, drop-in support center for service members of all branches. In addition to the entrepreneur academy, Project-360° will include a resource center for veteran issues and transition support and a health and wellness center addressing both physical and mental fitness.

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.

Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-based, award-winning nonprofit organization that provides aid and comfort to members of the U.S. armed forces as well as veterans and military families.

CITE is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering, which fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.

The first Soldiers' Angels Entrepreneur Academy class of 20 onsite students in San Antonio is scheduled to start in July.

For more information and to apply for the entrepreneur academy, visit the Soldiers' Angels Project-360° website or email



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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