The Veteran Entrepreneur Program

VEP Program

The Veteran Entrepreneurship Project is joint collaboration between The George Washington University School of Business, the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services under the guidance of Operation GW Valor, built to showcase Veteran leadership in the nation's Startup and Small Business Ecosystem.  We all know navigating the risk and complexity involved in business generation is not for the weak of heart, but luckily, neither is what one goes through to wear the badge of honor known as a US Armed Forces Veteran.  Our mission is simple, ensure the strength of the United States Economy by providing our Veteran Student Leaders with the tools and support they need to leverage the leadership skills formulated during their military service, and apply it in support of our Nation's fragile Startup and Small Business Ecosystem.  The GW Veteran Entrepreneurship Program has one simple mantra for our Military Veteran Students: Lead the way!

Colonial Cords 

Starting with a single product that builds espri de corps between the Student Veteran, GW and the civilian student population to create awareness and pride for those who have served this great nation. Handmade bracelets known as Colonial Cords are a part of trench art that dates back to WWI. The Colonial Cord or cobra knot bracelet has become a symbol of the US Armed Forces that have deployed down range in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Operations Iraqi Freedom. Each bracelet is available in the GW Book Store for a monetary donation of $10.00. All proceeds will go into a fund that will be co-managed by the GW Vets and the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services to provide fiscal support for Student Veteran initiatives.

Operation GW StartUp (Summer 2014)

Attention Veteran Students, dependents, and potential students...are you ready to lead the way?

Be part of the inaugural class of Operation GW StartUp. This new free 7 week program will start at the end of May at the National Veterans Center  and concentrate on teaching motivated students Lean Startup methodologies that will help them launch, and get funding for their business or business ideas.

This is not only a chance to get a jump on the 2015 GW Business Plan Competition that provides startups with over $100,000 in startup funds, but a great chance to meet like-minded leaders.

Help kick this program off and ensure that GW continues to back it's veteran student business leaders. For more information, email Sam Altman at altmans@gwmail.gwu.edu.