Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (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 intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to these individuals by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and also by helping them coordinate their efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities.
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 as a national educational initiative. The EBV Consortium is composed of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, the College of Business at The Florida State University, the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the College of Business at the University of Connecticut, the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business joined the consortium in 2010.
The EBV is designed around two central elements—focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs and the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program. The practical elements of the program involves three phases.
The EBV program represents a unique opportunity for men and women who have sacrificed for America's freedom to take an important step toward realizing their own freedom—economic freedom—through entrepreneurship. EBV is a selective, rigorous, and intense educational initiative that has been created to make a difference. Accordingly, the application process itself 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 EBV program are collected by Syracuse University. You are not guaranteed a spot in the EBV at LSU program, and may be accepted at another of the consortium universities.
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.
Costs and Logistics
This program is entirely free to the veteran. As a result of the generous support of the EBV Universities and the private giving of individuals and corporations all costs, including travel, lodging, and meals for delegates accepted to the EBV, are covered.