June 14, 2012

UCLA Anderson Presents Fifth Annual Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans

Teaches skills necessary to create and sustain a business

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management is offering its fifth annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) from June 16 to June 24, 2012. The program, which currently enrolls 24 students, is designed to assist veterans who have endured a service-related disability with a foundation in entrepreneurship and the steps necessary to create and sustain a business.

Since its inception at UCLA Anderson, 77 graduates have utilized the fundamental tools procured during the program to advance business ventures and opportunities in industries that range from mechanical services and public relations to hospitality.

"We are proud to see the success graduates of this program have achieved," said Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "Returning to civilian life can be challenging. EBV provides veterans with the necessary skills and mentorship to thrive as entrepreneurs and business owners."

The program is divided into three phases: a self-study segment facilitated through an online learning platform during which students develop their business ideas; a nine day residency at one of the universities where they are trained on the process of business ownership through workshops and lectures from top entrepreneurial faculty; and twelve months of continuing consulting and mentorship from EBV faculty experts.

"EBV synthesizes everything you learn in an MBA program into a three month process, providing a comprehensive understanding of entrepreneurial principles from business planning and marketing to technology and operations management," said Joel Mjolsness, a retired army colonel and 2010 EBV graduate, who currently serves as regional sales director for northern California commercial business at Dell Inc. "I have always worked in the technology sector and UCLA EBV gave me the tools to continue to grow and succeed in the industry."

The program was founded at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and has since become a national consortium of schools throughout the country, including UCLA Anderson, Florida State University College of Business, Mays Business School at Texas A&M, Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, University of Connecticut School of Business, E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Each year, select EBV alumni return to provide guidance and support to their fellow veterans.

"Attending EBV taught me critical skills in business acumen, such as forecasting and business planning, that really helped take my company to the next level," said Amy Sufak, 2009 UCLA EBV graduate and president of Colorado-based Red Energy Public Relations. "My successful EBV experience motivates me to 'pay it forward' and return each year to teach, mentor and inspire my fellow veterans."

Through the generous support of its sponsors, EBV is a free program to veterans.

For additional information on EBV, please visit: 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 at UCLA Anderson School of Management is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the Center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity and social enterprise. Well known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations, and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 37,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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