Free entrepreneurship program for veterans at FDU

The Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program provides the skills and support that veterans need in order to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses if they so choose. It is offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s nationally ranked Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. One of its advantages over other veteran programs is that VLV veterans are each matched with a mentor who will assist and guide them for a period of 10 months following the completion of the 10-week course.

This unique program combines in-person instruction with online education to teach students the fundamental entrepreneurial skills required in today’s business environment, as well as the competencies needed to launch a new business. Particular emphasis is placed on developing a robust marketing plan as well as a realistic business plan to help the veteran make an informed decision to start a business or assist and prepare the student for the general business environment.   A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will work with the veterans, providing an interactive and informative experience. Over a 10-week period, they will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to potential business opportunities.

This certificate course will be taught at an undergraduate level and includes five workshops. At the first in-person session there will be an evening introductory workshop that includes a dinner reception. Veterans are assigned a mentor on the first day, and meet him or her in person. The second in-person workshop will focus on developing a marketing plan. The third in-person workshop will teach the student financial forecasting and how to create a financial plan. The fourth in-person workshop will help students sharpen presentation skills and focus on an operations plan. And on the final day of the program, students will present their business plans to faculty and mentors. New this year, students will compete for prize money, which will be awarded to the best and most innovative business plan.

The graduation and reception will take place at the end of the presentations on the final day; it will include the instructors, guest speakers, business leaders, and mentors. Included in the program is a complimentary admission to a full year of the Rothman Institute's popular entrepreneurship and innovation events (a $900 value).

The program is free and open to all veterans as well as well as their spouses and/or children. The cost of the program is being fully supported by the generous support of The Walmart Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, and Target. A refundable deposit of $100 will be required of veterans who participate in the program.   This deposit will be secured by credit card or check, and will be returned to the veterans who successfully complete the course. The next in-person class begins on October 6th, 2016 in Madison, NJ. A strictly online version is also available for veterans in the winter of 2017. For additional information, visit:

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