Company Name: Veterans Business Owners Initiative National Scale-Up
Team: Tim Youmans MC/MPA ‘12
Company Description: I am doing the national scale-up of the Veterans Business Owners Initiative (VBOI), an existing Boston-local non-profit with zero funding and only voluntary and in-kind support. Over the past few years, the VBOI has taught over 400 “how-to-start-a-business” classes to disabled veterans at the Bedford VA Campus. This “Business Gym” has launched over 65 successful small businesses, including some by veterans with severe mental disabilities who have moved out of the shelter and become totally self-supporting. There are also clinical and micro-finance pieces of this venture.