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Application Process: Applications open Nov. 11, 2019. Application Deadline is April 30, 2020.

  • Applications must be received by midnight on April 30, 2020 to be considered.


Final Notification of Admission:  May 8, 2020

  • Applicants are notified of admission or rejection on a rolling basis, with final notification to all applicants by this date. As there are a limited number of spots, the selection committee must receive a signed commitment letter within one week of acceptance.


VEP Phase I:  May 26 - June 29, 2020

  • Self-study curriculum and business concept development.

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


VEP Phase II:  July 18-25, 2020

  • "Boot Camp" at UTC – delegates arrive in Chattanooga on Saturday, July 18and depart on Sunday, July 26.


VEP Phase III:  August - December 2020

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