The National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) provides a rigorous entrepreneurial learning and development opportunity for veterans with service-connected disabilities and those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in the military.

VEP is designed for veterans interested in starting a new venture as a means to financial independence and for veterans who have an existing business for which they would like to increase profits.

The VEP is comprised of three phases: a five-week self-study component, an intense eight-day training program at the University of Florida, and a five month mentorship period with online peer-to-peer networking. This three phase program offers an innovative and effective combination of focused, practical training in venture creation and growth, as well as a support structure for graduates of the program.

The program is free to veterans who are selected for the program. Instruction, materials, travel expenses, lodging and meals for the Phase II Bootcamp will be 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 Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the University of Florida.

VEP targets veterans who meet the following three requirements:

  1. Have separated from active duty service (or are in the administrative process of separating) with an honorable discharge
  2. Either:
    1. Identified as disabled by the Veteran’s Administration or Department of Defense based on a “service connected” disability (or)
    2. “Service distinguished” based on exemplary military conduct
  3. Demonstrate an intense interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership/management


Source:  Washington College of Business, University of Florida

More information:   352-273-0330