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Riata Center for Entrepreneurship

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Apply to the VEP


Applications to the VEP will be accepted from candidates who:

  1. Have separated from active duty service (or are currently in the administrative process of separating)
  2. Preference will be given to applicants who are identified as disabled by the Veterans Administration based on a “service-connected” disability OR are “service distinguished” based on exemplary military conduct
  3. Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership/management

Costs and Logistics:

This program is entirely free to the veteran. As a result of the generous support of OSU and the private giving of individuals and corporations, we are able to cover all costs (including travel, lodging, and meals) for delegates accepted to the VEP.

Application Procedures:

The VEP program represents a unique opportunity for men and women who have sacrificed for America’s freedom to take an important step toward realizing their own freedom – economic freedom – through entrepreneurship. VEP is a selective, rigorous, and intense educational initiative that has been created to make a difference. Accordingly, the application process itself is rigorous and selective.

Successful candidates for admission will demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship, high motivation for owning and managing a business, and a high likelihood of successful completion of this intense training program. Click here to apply online.

Application/Program Schedule:

Date Event
December 15, 2019 Application deadline
January 13 – February 16, 2020 Phase 1 - Online Self-Study Curriculum
February 22 – 29, 2020 Phase 2 - Residency Program
April 1 – August 31, 2020 Phase 3 - Mentoring, Business Development Support, and Online Peer-to-Peer Networking

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2019. Admission is on a rolling basis so you are encouraged to apply early!