Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab

About the Lab

The Michigan Veteran Entrepreneur-Lab (MVE-Lab) offers military-connected people entrepreneurial skills, knowledge, and opportunities.  It is open to veterans, military spouses/partners, and reservists.  A program of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), in partnership with the GVSU Veterans Network, MVE-Lab offers a cohort experience for military-connected people with a startup idea or concept.

Participants work on their business launch over a 3 month period.  Guests include other veteran entrepreneurs,  mentors, and experts like attorneys and marketing specialists.  MVE-Lab equips participants to engage with the entrepreneur ecosystem.  It concludes with a Pitch Showcase including at least $10,000 in prize money.





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What We Provide

  • A peer group of veteran entrepreneurs 
  • Facilitated learning from GVSU 
  • Feedback on business strategy
  • Customized support
  • Access to grants and loans
  • New relationships in the  ecosystem

What we do: funding, learning, support, cohorts

We are looking for military-connected people who are:

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You know what you want and have a vision.

Flexible and Determined

It's not going to be easy! But we and your cohort will be right there with you. 


We trust that you will take advantage of these opportunities to the fullest. 

Encouraging Veterans

Grand Valley State University has been recognized by GIJOBS.com. Military Advanced Education, and Military Times for exemplary support of veterans. Additionally, GVSU has been awarded Gold status for the past three years by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency. 


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