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Rider University, the New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation, and The Uncommon Individual Foundation are pleased to offer the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program for the fifth year.

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

Applications are now open for the 2018 course!

Apply here! 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 nine week entrepreneurship program during the summer. This program will have veterans develop a business concept and work on a business plan for a new venture idea or to grow an existing business. All classes will take place at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus. The program has two phases. Phases one will have veterans develop their business concept. This concept must be finalized (and approved) before moving onto phase two, which is the full business plan creation process.

Please be aware that business concepts that cannot be sufficiently developed during phase one cannot move into phase two. In order to build a business plan at this rapid pace, it has to be based on a solid concept.

Each veteran will receive instruction, one-on-one mentoring, access to Rider University resources, and plenty of feedback.

While the great majority of costs for instruction, mentoring, textbooks, refreshments, and access to Rider University resources are covered by Rider University and sponsors, we are asking veterans for a co-pay of $199*.

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 $199 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.

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

*If the $199 co-pay causes economic hardship, please contact Dr. Ron Cook ([email protected]) to discuss for further arrangements.


Upon completion of the program, veterans will receive 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.

Phase 1

Course Structure & Business Concept Development - May 23, 2018
*Note* - Concept must be approved before continuing onto phase 2

Phase 2

Business Plan Overview and Business Description- June 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

Financials- July 18, 2018
Cash Flow, Income Statement and Balance Sheet

Exec. Summary, Appendices, Wrap up- July 18, 2018

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.

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:
Kyle Rubin
[email protected]

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