LSU’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Program Being Held Feb. 25-March 4

02/22/2012 12:30 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute is holding its inaugural Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans, or EBV, with Disabilities Program from Feb. 25-March 4, 2012, at LSU.


The EBV program 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.


“We are very pleased to have such an amazing program at LSU. With LSU’s storied military history and tradition, it was a natural fit for us to offer the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans program,” said Robin Kistler, director of LSU Executive Education and EBV at LSU. “We are looking forward to it being one of the jewels of LSU SEI.”


There are 12 veterans expected to participate in the program at LSU. Many are from around the country, but four participants are from Louisiana. Applications were accepted from veterans with a service-connected disability, as designated by the Veterans Administration, who served on active duty after September 2001.


LSU is one of a consortium of eight schools around the country offering the program, which began at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. In addition to LSU and Syracuse, other schools offering the program include UCLA, Florida State, Connecticut, Purdue, Cornell and Texas A&M.


This program is entirely free to the veterans. 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, are covered. More information can be found at


Contributions to the LSU EBV program can be made online or by mailed check. To make a gift online, visit To make a gift by mailed check, make the check payable to “LSU Foundation” and write EBV in the memo line.  Mail the check to Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities c/o Lisa O’Beirne, LSU SEI, P.O. Box 67027, Baton Rouge, LA 70896.


The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows, LSU Executive Education and Social Entrepreneurship to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. A generous donation by LSU alumni Emmet and Toni Stephenson made the continued development of the college’s entrepreneurship institute possible. For more information, visit or call 225-578-1190.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012