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Accenture and Kauffman FastTrac Announce Veterans Courses

3/6/2012

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Elizabeth Steinberg
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Kauffman Foundation

Kansas City, Mo., March 6, 2012 – Accenture and Kauffman FastTrac announced today that they are offering two 10-week classes to veterans interested in starting and growing their own companies. The courses, developed by FastTrac with support from Accenture, are designed to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce.

Accenture recently awarded Kauffman FastTrac a grant of nearly $250,000 to help equip veterans with the skills they need to re-enter the workforce. The grant includes training implementation and development of supplemental course materials specifically aimed at veterans. Accenture employees will also help facilitate classes alongside FastTrac-certified instructors who are both veterans and experienced entrepreneurs. The initiative reflects Accenture’s Skills to Succeed initiative, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business.

“Military professionals are known for their strong work ethic, commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and ability to succeed in a challenging environment, exemplifying many of the same core values we live at Accenture,” said Michael D. Scimo, managing director, Accenture US Human Capital & Diversity. “By working with Kauffman FastTrac, we hope to help military men and women take the valuable skills they gained in the service and support them as they start their own businesses.”

The FastTrac curriculum is tailored specifically for veterans seeking to start a new business or expand an existing company. The two classroom-based courses offered include:

·         FastTrac® NewVenture,™ which helps aspiring entrepreneurs determine the viability of their business concepts and enables them to engineer a plan to successfully launch their companies.

·         FastTrac® GrowthVenture,™ which provides the tools and support to evaluate important aspects of existing businesses, explore next stage growth and opportunities, and reshape companies for future profitability and improved performance.

“Through this initiative, Accenture and Kauffman FastTrac are equipping veterans with the skills to create their own jobs through entrepreneurship,” said Alana Muller, president of Kauffman FastTrac. “Through delivery of FastTrac courseware, we will help to bolster their ability to start and grow successful firms by providing them with additional resources and relevant, immediately useful information.  The skills and experience our veterans possess – leadership attributes as well as the ability to manage risk and build teams – are strong assets to create and build businesses.”

Courses will be offered in seven cities across the United States: Atlanta; Fayetteville and Jacksonville, NC; Houston; Kansas City; San Diego and Washington D.C. In addition, online courses will be available to interested U.S. military veterans.

For more information about the FastTrac veterans initiative, please visit www.fasttrac.org/veterans .

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 244,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.  Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.  Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$25.5 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2011.  Its home page is www.accenture.com .

About Kauffman FastTrac®

Kauffman FastTrac, a not-for-profit educational organization, is the leading provider of learning curricula that equip aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and networks to start and grow successful businesses.  Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States devoted to entrepreneurship. For more information about Kauffman FastTrac, visit www.fasttrac.org or follow us on Twitter @fasttrac.