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Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program

The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program, a partnership between Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs, the Louisiana National Guard, the Louisiana Business & Technology Center and LSU Executive Education is a program designed to boost business opportunities for Louisiana veterans.

Selected participants will take part in a three-week, online-learning program, followed by a face-to-face training session. This intensive model will outline critical steps to start, operate, fund and launch a business while giving veterans the tools needed to develop their business ideas. Training will include business planning, marketing, financing, capital formation and other aspects of business development.

Tentative topics include:

Three-week online course:

  • Value proposition
  • Customer segments
  • Competitor analysis
  • Market research
  • Distribution channels
  • Overview of small business finance

In-person business boot camp:

  • Veteran-specific initiatives
  • Government procurement assistance
  • Small business banking
  • Investor prep
  • Introduction to local assistance providers
Once veterans complete LVEP, they will be provided small business resources in their communities for follow-up support and small business counseling. Louisiana’s Small Business Development Centers, business incubators and other small business partners will be available for ongoing business coaching after completion of the program.


The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program is open to Louisiana military personnel (active duty, Reservists and Veterans) who have the intent to start a business.

Getting Started

Interested military personnel (active duty, Reservists and Veterans) should submit an application through the LSU Innovation Park website to be considered for participation in the program. Participants must have access to a computer and internet connection to participate in the three-week online portion of the course and complete assignments.

Next Steps

  1. Go to the LSU Innovation Park website.
  2. Submit an application for the Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program
  3. Participants will be notified whether or not they are accepted into the program.