Are you a veteran with entrepreneurial aspirations?
Veterans, their spouses and dependents who are considering starting or expanding a business can apply for Rider University’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Program through May 12.
Offered by Rider’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the free seven-week program provides a platform to develop a business concept and explore its feasibility. Participants will conduct market research, write a market plan, and study their business operations and finances. The program runs from May 16 to June 29.
Now in its ninth year, the free program offers:
- Personalized attention and feedback from teachers Rider’s Norm Brodsky College of Commerce
- Eligibility to apply for one year of ongoing mentorship upon completion of the program
- The possibility of following the university credit program
- Access to resources from the Rider University Library
During the 2021 program, former Marine Keith Guarino investigated the feasibility of a real estate venture.
“I believe this opportunity has increased my success as an entrepreneur-in-training,” he says. “Our teacher was engaging, motivating and determined to make sure we were comfortable and supported while learning.”
Dr. Mayank Jaiswal, Assistant Professor and Program Instructor, sees a lasting effect from participants’ hard work during the program.
“The course teaches participants the skills needed to evaluate business ideas, which can be applied to multiple ideas even after they leave the program,” he says. “As an instructor, it is an honor to teach veterans who have done so much for the country.”
Classes will be held online on Mondays and in person on Wednesday evenings at Rider’s campus this summer. Participants can receive college credit for the course with separate registration and additional academic work, and a limited number of scholarships for the credit option are available.
The program receives support from the New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation and the Uncommon Individual Foundation. The New Jersey Bankers Charitable Foundation was established to honor service members who died or were permanently disabled in the post-9/11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq by providing scholarships to their eligible dependents. The Uncommon Individual Foundation is a nonprofit leader in mentorship-based learning.
Rider has a long history of helping veterans and the military. Since 1865, the University has opened its doors to veterans and military service members with most of the inaugural class consisting of Civil War veterans. Today, the University continues its proud tradition of helping current and former members of the Armed Forces transition from enlistment to enlistment. Rider has always been recognized as a military-friendly school.
For more information and to apply for Rider’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Training program, please visit rider.edu/vetprogram. For any questions contact Assistant Professor Dr. Mayank Jaiswal at [email protected].