Innovation Accelerator is Veteran's Cup of (Bubble) Tea

Fanni Xie

Innovation Accelerator is Veteran's Cup of (Bubble) Tea

FVTC program helps another participant start her business

| By: Daley-Hinkens, Carmelyn

Fanni Xie has big plans for the rest of 2021.

After successfully completing the Innovation Accelerator Program for Veterans at Fox Valley Technical College, Fanni drew up a business plan, secured funding and will open a bubble tea shop later this year in downtown Appleton.

Fanni is among dozens of veterans who have launched their own business ventures after completing the 14-week program offered at FVTC. The accelerator began in 2017 with ten participants. Today, there is a waiting list.

“It’s a big success,” says Amy Pietsch, director of FVTC’s Venture Center. “Word has spread. The veteran community is a tight community. When they find something that works, they tell each other about it. And so, we have a waiting list.”

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