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Hosted by Venture Project and Powered by Salute the Troops
Deadline to apply is September 15th, 2023
What is the Vetrepreneur Project?

The Vetrepreneur Project is a collaboration between the Venture Project of Oshkosh and Salute the Troops of Fond du lac, to help support local veterans with an entrepreneurial spirit, achieve their dream of financial independence.

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Our program offers local veteran entrepreneurs the opportunity to attend a 7 week small business accelerator program hosted by Venture Project, and powered by Salute the Troops, Inc. At the end of our 7 week educational program, veterans that complete the entire program will have an opportunity to "demo" their business in front of a panel of judges for a chance to earn $5000 in seed funding from Salute the Troops.

What do we teach?
Here is a general outline of the course curriculum and the material we will cover throughout the 7 week program.
• Overview of accelerator expectations 
• Introduction/lesson on lean business development 
• Problem/Solution Fit 
• Introduction to identifying your customer market 
• Customer development process/Customer persona 
• Customer interview template 
• Discussion about first hypothesis statement 
• Legal need assessment
• Funds requests
• 4F Validation Method 
• Product/Market Fit 
• Understanding your target market 
• Determining competitive position  
• Tactics to reach your market, channels 
• Differentiation 
• Marketing Goals & Metrics 
• Mission/Vision Statements 
• SWOT Analysis 
• Profitable & Scalable Business 
• Legal Process
• Revenue Model Designed 
• Introduction to three year forecasting 
• Insurance Needs 
• Startup Cost 
• Bottoms Up vs Top Down 
• Introduction to the selling process 
• EQ Assessment 
• Pitch Practice 
• Raising Capital 
• Persuasive Presentations 
• Next Six Months
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What else do we offer?

Each Veteran that completes our program will be given 1 year of free access to Salute the Troops' subscription based co-working space in Fond du Lac, WI, which offers many different amenities such as free wi-fi, free printing, desk and computer usage, conference room usage, access to our network of professional services like consultants, tax professionals, marketing agencies, and professional development coaches,  and best of all free coffee.



What if you're not selected to receive the $5000 grant? What if you're not a veteran or even an entrepreneur? No worries, this program has A LOT to offer to everyone!

In addition to the $5000 grant, each veteran also has an opportunity to compete in other "Pitch Contests" around Wisconsin AND The Vetrepreneur Project is giving an open invitation to investors from around the community to provide additional funding opportunities for our participants, or the opportunity for YOU to invest and/or become a partner in a veteran's business.

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How do I qualify?
- Be a veteran

- Be a resident of Wisconsin

- Own at least 25% of your business

-Have an EIN number

(EIN numbers are free and easy to apply for.
Click here for a demo on how to apply on the IRS website.)
How do I qualify for the $5000 Grant?
In order to be eligible to participate in our pitch contest and compete for the $5000 grant, the applicant must own at least 50% of the business and have an EIN number. If a the veteran does not have an EIN, Salute the Troops will can assist in acquiring one before applying.
What if i have a business partner?
Business partners may attend the classes regardless of veteran status, but only the applying veteran may pitch in the contest.
Previous Cohorts

Vetrepreneur Project, Cohort One 10/3 - 11/17, 2022

Location: The Venture Project
          210 N Main St
          Oshkosh, WI 54901

Time/Dates: 6:00PM
            Every Monday from 10/3/2022 through                11/7/2022. Pitch Contest held                      on 11/17/2022

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Vetrepreneur Project, Cohort Two 4/10 - 5/25, 2023

Location: Envision Greater Fond du Lac
          23 S Main St Suite 101
          Fond du Lac, WI 54935

Time/Dates: 6:30PM
            Every Monday from 4/10/2023 through                5/22/2023. Pitch Contest held                      on 5/25/2023

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Are you a Vetrepreneur? To apply click the button below!

You may submit your finished application along with your DD-214 or NGB-22 via email or you can mail it to us at:

Salute the Troops, Inc
P.O. Box 901
Fond du Lac WI, 54936

(Mailed applications must be post marked by the current application period end date)

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