VEP serves veterans who meet the following three requirements:
VEP is free to eligible veterans who are selected. Travel expenses, lodging, and meals for the Phase II boot camp are provided at no cost. VEP costs are underwritten by sponsors and private donors with operations and program development provided by the UND Center for Innovation Foundation.
The program will be held in the James Ray Idea Lab at the UND Center for Innovation on the campus of the University of North Dakota.
Lodging has been pre-arranged with the Hilton Garden Inn on the campus of UND. Selected veterans do not need to worry about making hotel reservations.
Selected participants traveling by air, bus or train can be picked up and taken to the hotel. Parking will be available at the hotel for those driving to Grand Forks. A car will not be necessary during the program as all transportation to/from the venues will be provided.
No. The VEP accepts any qualified veterans, regardless of prior educational experiences.
Yes. Participants are limited to 25 so early application is encouraged.
Yes. Any service member who meets the eligibility requirements and has a passion for starting their own business may apply.
Starting a business is hard. The VEP program was developed and designed as an intense, rigorous program positioned to help those individuals with a drive, determination, and passion for business ownership take the first steps toward that goal. Letters of recommendation from current or former co-workers, commanders, supervisors, counselors, etc., help make such an assessment. Letters of recommendation from family members will not be accepted.
Yes, every effort will be made to accommodate these requests.
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