National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

The National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) at UT-Chattanooga provides military veterans with practical training in venture creation and growth, accompanied with five months of advising from subject matter experts, all free of charge.


Now in its tenth year, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a highly innovative immersion program built around hands-on learning, personalized interaction, and exposure to inspiring role models. Our mission is to foster the creation of successful, profitable ventures owned by veterans. A team of world-class faculty, distinguished entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts work with delegates, providing a challenging, interactive, and informative experience.


The Gary W. Rollins College of Business and its location in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are an ideal venue for the VEP. Chattanooga is an emerging global entrepreneurial hub, steeped in history, and on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial practice and education.


At the heart of the VEP is an intense, eight-day immersion experience at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It will cover topical modules comprising the critical areas of success for new and early-stage ventures. These eight days are preceded by a five-week self-study component and are then followed by a five-month advising period and online peer-to-peer networking. This integrated model, a three-phase program covering the key elements of successful entrepreneurship, offers an innovative and effective combination of focused, practical training in venture creation and growth, accompanied by a support structure for graduates of the program.


We are currently accepting applications until April 30 for our 2021 program! If you would like to apply, please visit our website using the link provided and complete the online application form.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting


  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources


  • Business Plan Training and Assistance

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator (Specialty)
  • Incubator (Specialty)
Contact Information
Sandra Cordell
615 McCallie Avenue, Dept. 6056
307-C Fletcher Hall
Chattanooga, TN 37403