More than 40 disabled United States veterans who faithfully served their country will be traveling to Stillwater the first week of February to participate in an intensive, eight-day entrepreneurial bootcamp on the campus of Oklahoma State University.
The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) continues to attract national attention as it enters its fourth year in empowering disabled American military veterans as they turn their business ideas into workable business models. The program offers a unique, highly innovative training program built around hands-on learning, personalized interaction and exposure to inspiring role models.
The eight-day VEP begins Saturday, Feb. 2, and runs throughout the week before concluding with the VEP Gala Celebration Saturday, Feb. 9. Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts will be the featured speaker at the VEP Gala Celebration at 6:30 p.m. at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.
Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts will be the featured speaker at the 2013 VEP Gala Celebration, honoring the group of military personnel participating in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program presented each year by the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship and School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.
The 2013 VEP Gala Celebration will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.
“We are pleased that J.C. Watts will be addressing the 2013 graduates of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “His insights on inspiring the student in everyone to dream big, stretch their leadership potential, transform organizations and make a difference in the world will be beneficial as they embark on this new challenge in their lives.”
The Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business announced today that it is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.
The grant was presented to the Riata Center to support the highly successful Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), which was created to empower disabled American veterans to turn their business ideas into reality, and to find a path to financial independence through entrepreneurship.
“The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is one of the most rewarding outreach programs that we put on each year and we are privileged to be able to offer our resources and expertise to men and women who have paid a price for our freedom,” said Michael Morris, OSU’s N. Malone Mitchell, Jr. Chair in Entrepreneurship and founder of the VEP. “Our goal is to help these veterans become entrepreneurs as a way to make their transition into the private sector successful and sustainable.”
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