VEP Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have a college degree, or have taken some college courses, to attend?
No. The VEP is designed to take any veteran and military family member, regardless of prior educational experience, through the steps and stages of starting a new business.
How many spaces are available for this program?
Stage I: does not have any limits, as many as possible to fit in the breakout rooms at GRB during the EXPO
Stage II: We have 40 seats available in the VEP. Participants must submit an application before the deadline for consideration by the VEP Admissions Committee.
Stage III: Events do not have any limits; competition does not have any limits; however, only top finalists will be invited to pitch in front of a panel of Judges.
Can I my spouse or family member register?
For Stage I: Yes! Open to all veterans and military family members.
For Stage II: We have 40 seats available in the VEP. Participants must submit an application before the deadline for consideration by the VEP Admissions Committee.
For Stage III: Events are open to family members. Competition is open to only business founders/co-founders and/or executive team members recommended.
When can I apply?
A Registration for Stage 1 Opens: September 1, 2023
Applications for Stage 2 Opens September 13, 2023 (or earlier, depending on interest and demand)
Business Pitch Applications for Stage 3 Pitch Competition: Opens in September 23, 2023
What are my commitments? Do I need to attend all phases?
The VEP Stage I requires attending the Veteran Business Expo on September 22 & 23rd and participating in up to 4 training sessions. The VEP Stage II requires a Saturday commitment to complete the five (5) week program. The VEP Stage III (Pitch) requires the submission of a Business Idea. Participants are encouraged to participate in all VEP stages.
What does the program cost?
There is no cost to participate in the HCC Veterans Entrepreneurship Program.