July 07, 2015

UCLA Anderson Hosts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Participants to engage in intensive nine-day program to learn the essentials of business ownership

LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2015) - Over the course of their service, military personnel often develop many of the traits required of successful entrepreneurs, such as resilience, focus, and leadership. On Saturday, July 11, 2015, a group of veterans with disabilities will arrive on the UCLA Anderson campus to build upon those traits and learn the basics of business ownership during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Hosted in partnership between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management, the EBV program helps post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities develop skills and tools needed to launch, grow and lead successful businesses.

EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week, online curriculum. By the time they arrive on campus, participants have already begun to shape business plans and learn the tools and language of business. During the second phase, participants complete an intensive nine-day residency at UCLA Anderson, where they learn the essentials of business ownership from UCLA Anderson faculty and established entrepreneurs. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through the EBV Technical Assistance Program.

The program, which runs between July 11 and 19, is the eighth time UCLA Anderson has hosted EBV.

“We are honored to welcome this distinguished group of veterans to UCLA Anderson,” said Elaine Hagan, executive director of the Price Center. “Their leadership abilities, when combined with the skills that they develop during the EBV Program, provide them with many of the tools required to build a successful entrepreneurial business venture.”

The program was launched at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007. Since the inaugural class, EBV has expanded to nine additional universities throughout the U.S., including UCLA. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and individual donors allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program at no charge.

“EBV has produced more than 1,100 graduates since 2007, with 68% having launched a new venture after completing the EBV program,” said Tina Kapral, director of residency programs at IVMF. “The IVMF at Syracuse University is excited to work with UCLA Anderson again to support our nation’s veterans and help them create and maintain their own small businesses.”

More information on the nationwide EBV program can be found at
http://vets.syr.edu/education/ebv/. Visit http://ebv.vets.syr.edu/about/consortium/ucla-anderson/ for details specific to the EBV at UCLA Anderson program.

About the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. For more information, visit http://vets.syr.edu/.

About the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies 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, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson’s MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, and doctoral and executive education programs embody the school’s Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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