Launch Lab Online
250,000 military service members transition out of the military every year. Nearly 25 percent of those transitioning express a desire to start a business, yet only 4.5 percent of post-9/11 veterans currently do so. The Launch Lab Online program’s core goals are that members of the military community who are interested in entrepreneurship will be empowered to assess whether entrepreneurship is the right path for them at this time in their life, determine if their business idea is viable, understand the steps they need to complete to start generating revenue, and navigate to relevant resources and opportunities to support their business or their non-entrepreneurial personal/professional goals. These goals are achieved online in a supportive community of military-connected entrepreneurs from across the country. This NFL-BWF Salute to Service grant will expand the resources available through the program and refine the content on Launch Lab Online to equip 1,600 military veterans, active-duty service members, military spouses, and caregivers with tools to make informed decisions about their professional future and to navigate next steps and resources to achieve success whether they pursue entrepreneurship now or at a later date.