The Veterans Entrepreneurship
Program (VEP) provides a rigorous entrepreneurial learning and development opportunity fir service disabled veterans and those
who distinguished themselves in their military service. It is designed for the veterans who are interested in starting
venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow profitably.
The evidence suggests a strong association between military service and successful entrepreneurship,
and veterans tend to be more likely than non-veterans to start businesses. However, there is also evidence that the
barriers to entry are higher and access to quality entrepreneurial training programs more limited for veterans with service-related
disabilities. To support men and women who have served our country above and beyond the call of duty, and risked their
lives for a world free from tyranny and terrorism, the VEP helps make the transition from military life to the entrepreneurial
world a successful one.
The VEP offer a unique, highly innovative training program built around hands-on learning, personalized
interaction and exposure to inspiring role models. Our purpose is to foster the creation of successful, profitable ventures.
A team of world-class faculty, distinguished entrepreneurs and experts work closely with delegates, providing a challenging,
interactive and informative experience. The program provides opportunities to develop entrepreneurial ideas while also
learning leading edge concepts, tools and frameworks. Most importantly, VEP participants will learn how to apply these
principles and tools to current or potential businesses.
The VEP is FREE to eligible veterans
who are selected for the program. Travel expenses, lodging and meals for the Phase II Bootcamp are provided at no cost
to each delegate. The costs of the VEP are underwritten by sponsors and private donors, with operations and program
development provided by the School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at the Spears School of Business
at Oklahoma State University.
targets candidates who meet the following requirements:
- Have separated from active
duty service (or are currently in the administrative process of separating)
- Are identified as disabled by the Veteran’s
Administration or Department of Defense authority based on a “service-connected” disability
- Are “service
distinguished” for exemplary military conduct
- Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and commitment
to small business ownership