Oklahoma State University
At the heart of the VEP is an intense, eight-day training program at Oklahoma State University, which is a modified version of our successful Cowboy Entrepreneurs’ Bootcamp for aspiring entrepreneurs. It will cover topical modules comprising the critical areas of success for new and early stage ventures. These eight days are preceded by a five-week self study component and are then followed by a ten-month period of mentorship and online peer-to-peer networking. This integrated model — a three phase program covering the key elements of successful entrepreneurship — offers an innovative and effective combination of focused, practical training in venture creation and growth, accompanied by a support structure for graduates of the program.
VEP Phase I: Concept Development and Self Study December 1, 2011 – January 20, 2012
Over the initial five-week period, delegates will participate in a self-study curriculum developed for the VEP, facilitated by an online discussion and assessment module that will be moderated by entrepreneurship faculty from the Spears School. This phase enables delegates to work on development of business concepts and prepare for the Bootcamp to be held at the OSU Stillwater campus in early 2012. Those with existing businesses will work on understanding and shaping relevant business issues.
VEP Phase II: VEP Bootcamp / February 4, 2012 – February 11, 2012
Like a military bootcamp, this eight-day residency in Stillwater, Oklahoma 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 Bootcamp 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.
VEP Phase III: Mentoring and Venture Development March 2012 – December 2012
Delegates are provided with 10 months of ongoing mentorship from entrepreneurship experts at Oklahoma State University and online peer-to-peer networking. This phase of the VEP will enable delegates to get specific feedback regarding their ventures, provides access to professionals who can answer specific technical questions and offers extended hands-on support.
Soon to be or discharged veterans that would like to start their own business or further the growth of their existing business
Contact Name: Brooke Stuart