The 'Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities' (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and also by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities.
The EBV was first introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007. In 2008, the EBV Consortium of Schools was launched, a national partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University's College of Business, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M. The consortium has expanded and now also includes the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and the University of Connecticut School of Business, the E.J. Ourso College of Businees, and the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
The EBV is designed around two central elements: a) focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs; and b) the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program. The practical elements of the program will involve three phases. During Phase I, participants engage in an online curriculum moderated by entrepreneurship faculty. Phase II is a nine-day residency at the host university, where students engage in lectures and workshops with world-class faculty and entrepreneurs.
EBV applications will be accepted from veterans with a 'service-connected disability' as designated by the Veterans Administration, and who have served on active duty after September 2001.
Costs and Logistics
This program is entirely free to the veteran. As a result of the generous support of the EBV Universities and the private giving of individuals and corporations, we are able to cover all costs (including travel, lodging, and meals) for delegates accepted to the EBV.