Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

Training Veterans for a New Kind of Challenge


July 6-13, 2024

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.

We have an obligation to support disabled veterans who return to our communities and seek to build meaningful economic opportunities for themselves and others.

Al Osborne,
EBV Faculty Director

Program Details

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:

A rigorous 30-day, online self-study curriculum moderated by UCLA entrepreneurship faculty and teaching associates.

A nine-day residency where students are exposed to business ownership through workshops and courses led by world-class faculty, accomplished entrepreneurs and business executives.

Twelve months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts and EBV resource providers.

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 2022 programs are now being accepted on a rolling admissions basis.

EBV taught me how to get into my business and make it a more profitable, more beneficial business for me and my clients.

Kari Brizius
EBV Participant