Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

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Rider University, the New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation, and the Uncommon Individual Foundation are pleased to offer the Veteran Entrepreneurship Program for the 8th time, in 2021. This program is expected to run from mid-May to the end of June. If you are interested, please submit your application here.

Dr. Ronald Cook speaks to the Veteran Entrepreneurship class.
Students listen and participate in the classroom discussion.

Apply to the Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program

Applications for the 2021 course are now open and will close on May 23.

Slots are limited as registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and space is limited. You must be a veteran, veteran spouse, or dependent of 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 free seven week entrepreneurship program during early 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. 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. All classes will take place at Rider’s Lawrenceville campus.

Each veteran will receive access to Rider University library 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. A limited number of scholarships for veterans are available.

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 during Summer I. There will be online class on Mondays each week as well.

May 20, 2020 - Feasibility Study and Business Concept Development

May 27, 2020 - Business Plan Overview and Business Description

June 3, 2020 - Market Research 1
Industry structure, Industry trends, Business Research Skills

June 10, 2020 - Market Research 2
Competitive analysis, Demographics, Competitive Advantage

June 17, 2020 - Market Plan & Management
Promotions, Pricing, Sales Assumptions and Forecast

June 24, 2020 - Operations
Equipment, Supplies, Personnel, Inventory, All Costs

July 1, 2020 - 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.

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:
Robert Trinneer
[email protected]

Mayank Jaiswal
[email protected]