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LSU’s Third Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Begins March 7

03/05/2014 03:18 PM

BATON ROUGE – The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, or SEI, will welcome its third class of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at LSU program to campus March 7-15.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans, or EBV, offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who were disabled as a result of their service supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The 2014 class is comprised of 19 veterans from across the country. Their business plans range from sustainable farming to engineering consulting firms.

The week-long residency phase of the program follows a three week online phase, in which the veterans lay out a blueprint of their business plans and begin to learn the entrepreneurial process. The residency portion of the program covers topics such as entrepreneurial strategy, protecting your intellectual property, branding and effective presentations, and legal issues in small business.

“The intent of the EBV program is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans,” said EBV at LSU director Robin Kistler. “This is one of the most important programs SEI will work on all year because it can have such a significant positive impact on those transitioning from the military. It can and has changed lives.”

As a result of the generous support of the EBV Foundation and the private giving of individuals and corporations, veterans accepted to the EBV attend the program for free.

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. In 2009, The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and the University of Connecticut School of Business joined the consortium. The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business joined the consortium in 2010, and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University joined in 2011.

More information on the nation-wide EBV program can be found at Details specific to the EBV at LSU program, including information on donation opportunities, can be found at

The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation.

For more information, visit or call 225-578-0313.

E. J. Ourso College of Business