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College launches startup lab for veterans
A local college has established a new entrepreneurial program for veterans.
Grand Valley State University said this month it established the Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab, or MVE-Lab, which is designed to give veterans the skills, resources and network to start or grow a company in the region.
The program is being led by Grand Valley's Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Seidman College of Business, in partnership with the GVSU Veterans Network.
"MVE-Lab is an intensive and accelerated program designed for veterans and military-connected families that combines instruction and hands-on learning with mentorship, networking and access to funding," said Julie Cowie, MVE-Lab program manager, GVSU.
The program begins with a two-day ideation boot camp on Aug. 23 and 24.
Up to 15 participants will be selected for an accelerated nine-session course beginning in September, which includes being paired with mentors.
An MVE-Lab Pitch Night will be held in November.
The MVE-Lab is free to veterans who are selected for the program.
"We know that many people with military experience prefer self-employment," said Shorouq Almallah, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, GVSU. "Through rigorous and supportive entrepreneurship education, MVE-Lab will help veterans launch a new business in about three months."
Veterans can register for MVE-Lab online.