July 31, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- For the second year in a row, UCLA Anderson School of Management joins a select group of business schools offering the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). The program, scheduled for August 1-9, 2009, at UCLA Anderson, dispenses experiential, state-of-the-art, education and training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting the global war on terrorism. EBV intends to open doors to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to participants by developing essential core competencies and guiding attendees through the various stages of entrepreneurial development and the sustaining of created businesses.

"As we have in the past, it's our true privilege to support disabled American veterans who return home and seek economic and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves and their communities," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "UCLA Anderson's longstanding engagement in entrepreneurial studies positions us well to help veterans build the foundation they will need to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations."

The EBV was first introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007. The following year, the EBV Consortium of Schools was launched as a national partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University's College of Business, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M. Purdue University joined the consortium in 2009. The EBV is designed around two guiding principles. The first focuses on practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, with an emphasis on issues and potential obstacles specific to disability and public benefits programs. Establishing a support structure for graduates of the program is the second, equally vital, element.

"We are extremely grateful for the generous support that we have received for the EBV program," said Elaine Hagan ('91), executive director of the Price Center. "The success of our inaugural class has demonstrated the enormous value of the EBV, and we are looking forward to seeing great results from this year's program as well."

The UCLA Anderson EBV program is administered by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and is comprised of three distinct phases. In Phase I, in advance of arriving on campus, students participate in a self-study curriculum facilitated by an online discussion and assessment module that is moderated by entrepreneurship faculty and MBA students. During this phase, attendees develop their business concepts.

In Phase II, which unfolds during the nine-day residency at UCLA Anderson, students are immersed in the essentials of business ownership through experiential workshops and in-class learning with UCLA Anderson faculty. During Phase III, EBV participants receive twelve months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts and volunteers, including UCLA Anderson alumni and members of the business community.

Throughout the EBV course, students develop strategies for raising capital, attracting customers, and writing business plans that are most effective for their business model. The program is entirely free -including tuition, travel and accommodations- thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and private individuals.

For more information on the EBV, please go to: http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/x20079.xml

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education. Since 1987, the Price Center has supported teaching, research, extracurricular activities and management development programs in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital and social enterprise at UCLA Anderson. 90% of UCLA Anderson's full time MBA students enroll in entrepreneurial electives while at Anderson, and more than half are active members of the student-run Entrepreneur Association. The Center is known for its extensive outreach and the impact of its management development programs, which provide entrepreneurial education to such diverse groups as directors of Head Start agencies and community health organizations; leaders of NGOs in Africa that are working on the HIV/AIDS crisis; founders and executives of entrepreneurial companies (including minority-, women- and disabled veteran-owned enterprises); directors and officers of venture-backed and public companies; and K-12 teachers working to develop entrepreneurial curricula, among others.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, UCLA-NUS Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.


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