Veterans Entrepreneurship Training I (VET-I)

Our free, introductory educational program for US military personnel, US military veterans, and their spouses who seek to learn entrepreneurial skills or pursue business ventures


Active duty US military personnel, US military veterans, or their spouses

Program Length

12 weeks. Current program: September 30-December 16, 2020. Applications for VET are currently closed. For information on applying to the next cohort, please email


Almost 50 percent of World War II veterans and 40 percent of Korean War veterans owned or operated their own companies, according to Syracuse University. Today, just 4.5 percent of the more than 3.6 million men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces since September 11, 2001, have launched their own businesses.

We seek to raise that figure through the Veterans Entrepreneurship Training (VET) program. NYC-centric entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and our team at the Veterans Future Lab offer a curriculum that features a capstone project, hands-on experiential learning, and mentorship. You’ll graduate able to leverage learned entrepreneurial skills into new ventures and career opportunities. Graduates of VET-I are eligible to enroll in an upcoming Veterans Entrepreneurship Training - Level II (VET-II) course.


The VET-I Winter 2020 program will be held online.

The program is split into three parts:

  • Week 1: Onboarding
  • Weeks 2–11: Class lectures from 6–9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Week 12: Showcase of participants’ capstone projects to partners of the Veterans Future Lab community. The capstone provides participants with their first real-world, consequential experience presenting their business ideas.

Classes touch on prototyping, customer channels, business models, legal and accounting matters for startups, and more. Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a VET certificate from the NYU Tandon Future Labs.


All course fees for admitted students will be subsidized.

Certificate Requirements

Participants must attend all classes, complete all coursework, and submit a capstone project.


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