Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

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Pending support from our outside sponsors, Rider University is planning to offer their Veteran Entrepreneurship Program for the 6th time, in 2019. This program is expected to run from mid-May to the end of June. If you are interested, please submit your application to add your name to our preliminary list. You will be contacted when you apply and again once we confirm the program.

Dr. Ronald Cook speaks to the class, session 2015   Students listen, participate in classroom discussion, summer 2015

Applications are now open for the tentative 2019 course!

Apply to the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

Slots are limited as registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and space is limited.  You must be a veteran to be eligible to participate and have a business concept to pursue.

About the Program

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Rider University offers a seven week entrepreneurship program during the summer. This program will have veterans develop a business concept and explore the feasibility of that concept for a new venture idea or to grow an existing business. All classes will take place at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus.

Each veteran will receive classroom instruction access to Rider University resources, and plenty of feedback. This program can be taken for college credit as well. Rider’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs will work with applicants to determine eligibility for veterans benefits. If taken as a paid for credit course, the co-pay mentioned below would not apply.

While the great majority of costs for instruction, textbooks, refreshments, and access to Rider University resources are covered by Rider University and sponsors, we are asking veterans for a co-pay of $180* which will cover the cost of the course and materials if veterans choose to audit the course.

Once your application is submitted, we will reach out to inform you of your acceptance. It is at this point that you submit the co-pay of $180 made out to “Rider University’s Veteran Entrepreneurial Training Program”. This co-pay is refundable until April 30, 2018, if you withdraw from the program  and is only required if you are auditing the course.

If you would like to take the course for credit, there are several options regarding payment. The Uncommon Individual Foundation is offering two full paid scholarships for the summer course. If you are interested in this, please reach out and we will provide you with more details. Veterans may qualify for benefits which we will determine while working with our Veterans Affairs department. Lastly, the tuition rates for the summer can be found here.

The class size is limited to 20 students to allow for instructor feedback and individualized attention, which is vital during the development of the business concept and feasibility study.

*If the $180 co-pay causes economic hardship, please contact Dr. Ron Cook ([email protected]) to discuss for alternative arrangements.

Upon completion of the program, veterans can apply for one year of mentoring as they pursue their venture dreams.

Program Schedule*

All classes will meet from 6-9pm Wednesday evenings on the dates indicated below. There will be online activities each week as well.

May 30, 2018 - Feasibility Study and Business Concept Development 

June 6, 2018 - Business Plan Overview and Business Description

June 13, 2018 - Market Research 1 
Industry structure, Industry trends, Business Research Skills

June 20, 2018 - Market Research 2 
Competitive analysis, Demographics, Competitive Advantage

June 27, 2018 - Market Plan & Management
Promotions, Pricing, Sales Assumptions and Forecast

July 4, 2018 - No Class 

July 11, 2018 - Operations
Equipment, Supplies, Personnel, Inventory, All Costs

July 18, 2018 - Financials
Cash Flow and wrap up

Applying to the Program
Interested applicants should complete the registration form and they will be notified of their acceptance after a review of their information.

Upon approval for the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training Program, you will be sent a link to a page to fill out that will register you for the summer program.  You will become a Rider student for this program, regardless if you are taking the program for credit or not, and will get a Rider ID and parking pass as part of the process.

This program has been made possible through our partnership with our gold sponsors, New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation and The Uncommon Individual Foundation, who share our vision of helping foster veterans’ personal and professional growth through entrepreneurial training.

For further information please contact:
Francesca Karpicki
[email protected]

Check out the publicity of the program: