Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

No. The VEP is designed to take any qualified veteran, regardless of prior educational experience, through the steps and stages of starting a new business.

We have 20 seats available in the VEP. Participants must submit an application packet before the deadline for consideration by the VEP Admissions Committee.

Yes. To be eligible, candidates must have served on active duty and received a DD214, have a passion for small business ownership, and can commit to the eight-day residency that takes place on the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga campus in July. 

Starting a business is hard. The VEP was developed and designed as an intense, rigorous program positioned to help those individuals with a drive, determination, and passion for business ownership take the first steps toward that goal. As such, we are seeking applicants who have demonstrated such drive and determination in their approach to life and work. Letters of recommendation from current or former co-workers, commanders, supervisors, counselors, etc., help us make such an assessment. Letters from family members cannot be accepted.

Yes. We have assumed the responsibility to raise the necessary funds to cover all costs associated with the program. Travel expenses, lodging, meals, and the cost of the program itself will be funded by the VEP. You must stay in the lodging provided by the VEP throughout "boot camp" in order to complete the program.

Due to the rigorous demand of the "boot camp," family members are not allowed to accompany you. Successful completion of VEP requires your full attention and commitment. This experience is meant to facilitate camaraderie with your fellow veterans, building relationships that will last long after the program has concluded.

Yes, we will make every effort to accommodate any reasonable request.