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About the VEP

VEP Phase I: Concept Development & Self Study
May 22-June 26, 2017

During this initial five week period, selected delegates will participate in a self-study curriculum developed by UTC College of Business. 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 July 2016. Those with existing businesses will work on understanding and shaping relevant business issues.

VEP Phase II: VEP Boot Camp
July 15-22, 2017

Like a military boot camp, this eight-day residency at the UTC Campus in Chattanooga, TN 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.

VEP Phase III: Mentoring & Venture Development
August 2017-May 2018

Delegates are provided with 10 months of ongoing mentorship from entrepreneurship experts at the UTC College of Business 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.


Applications to the VEP will be accepted from candidates who:

  • Have been Honorably Discharged from active duty (or are currently in the administrative process of separating).
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership or management.
  • Preference is given to applicants who are identified as disabled by the Veterans Administration based on a “service-connected” disability



VEP is free to eligible veterans who are selected for the program. Travel expenses, lodging, and meals for the Phase II "boot camp" are provided at no cost to each veteran. VEP costs are underwritten by sponsors and private donors, with operations and program development provided by the UTC College of Business.

All travel, hotel accommodations, meals, materials, and instructional costs will be covered for veterans participating in the UTC Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.



The UTC VEP will be held on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus in Chattanooga, TN.

Lodging has been pre-arranged with the Chattanoogan Hotel in downtown Chattanooga. Selected veterans do not need to worry about making hotel reservations.

Selected participants traveling by air or bus will be picked up and taken to the hotel. Parking will be available at the hotel for those driving to Chattanooga. A car will not be necessary during the program itself, as all transportation to/from the venues will be provided.

All sessions of the actual program will be held in Fletcher Hall, which houses the College of Business on the UTC campus.