The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) consortium offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled as a result of their service to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to small business ownership by developing your competencies in building and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. EBV also helps you coordinate your efforts with other programs and services for veterans.
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. Since 2008, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the University of Connecticut School of Business, the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University have joined the consortium.
EBV Faculty Director
The EBV is designed around two central elements: a) focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, with consideration for aspects unique to disability and public benefits programs; and b) establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program.
The practical elements of the program involve three phases:
EBV applications will be accepted from veterans with a “service-connected disability” (as designated by the Veterans Administration) who served on active duty after September 2001.
This program is entirely free of cost to the veteran. As a result of the generous support of the universities in the EBV consortium 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.
The EBV program represents a unique opportunity for men and women who have served in the interest of America’s freedom, enabling them to take an important step toward realizing their economic independence through entrepreneurship. EBV is a selective, rigorous and intense educational initiative; accordingly, the application process is rigorous and selective.
Successful candidates for admission will demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship, high motivation for owning and managing a business, and a high likelihood of successful completion of this intense training program. Applications for the 2015 programs are now being accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
EBV at UCLA Anderson was a chance to bring the leadership strengths U.S. Marine Hunter learned in the military in line with his dreams as he set off in a new career direction.
“Being with fellow vets is great,” said Iraq War veteran Gray, who transitioned from U.S. Marine to inventor. “It is a way to connect with like-minded people but also to connect with others that have been through some of the same experiences.”