During this initial five week period, selected delegates will participate in a self-study curriculum developed by UND School of Entrepreneurship. This will include reading materials and an online assessment module moderated by our entrepreneurship faculty. This phase will enable delegates to work on the further development of their business concepts and prepare for the on-campus boot camp experience in October 2016. Those with existing businesses will work on understanding and shaping relevant business issues.
Like a military boot camp, this eight-day residency at the UND Center for Innovation in Grand Forks, ND is intense, rigorous and demanding. It is an opportunity for hands-on learning and interaction with faculty, guest entrepreneurs, business experts and peer delegates. The boot camp exposes VEP participants to the “nuts and bolts” of business ownership through experiential workshops and lessons from world-class entrepreneurship faculty representing nationally ranked programs around the country.
Delegates are provided with 8 months of ongoing mentorship from entrepreneurship experts at the UND School of Entrepreneurship and online peer-to-peer networking. This phase of the VEP gives specific feedback regarding ventures, provides access to professionals who can answer specific technical questions and offers extended hands-on support.
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