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Program Calendar


Application Process: Application Deadline is April 30, 2018.

  • Applications will be accepted through midnight, April 30th by mail or via web.


Final Notification of Admission:  May 10, 2018

  • Applicants are notified of admission or rejection on a rolling basis, with final notification to all applicants by this date. As we have limited spots, a signed commitment letter must be received by us within one week of acceptance.


VEP Phase I:  May 21 - June 25, 2018

  • Self-study curriculum and business concept development.

  • Applicants must successfully complete this phase to be eligible for Phase II.


VEP Phase II:  July 21-29, 2018

  • "Boot Camp" at UTC – delegates arrive in Chattanooga on Saturday, July 21st and depart on Sunday, July 29th.


VEP Phase III:  August 2018 - May 2019

  • Follow up mentoring, business development support, and online peer-to-peer networking.