Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)

The Meaning of Service Documentary on the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities program offered at Florida State University. Directed by Adam LaBrie.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer the latest, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for veterans by developing their competencies in the steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Program curriculum is designed to take participants through the steps and stages of venture creation, with a tailored emphasis on the unique challenges and opportunities associated with being a veteran business owner. Importantly, the entire EBV training program is offered without any cost to participating veterans.

The EBV was founded by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007. In 2008, the EBV Consortium of Schools was launched as a national partnership with Florida State University's College of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Each of these world-class business schools offered EBV on their campuses in summer 2008. Since then, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the University of Connecticut’s School of Business, the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University and the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri have joined the EBV Consortium bringing the total to 10 world-class institutions.

Like the boot camp familiar to all veterans, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of FSU’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship curriculum, the boot camp consists of a series of training modules designed to assist veterans in growing businesses successfully and profitably. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs work with vets to providing a fun, interactive, and informative experience. These experts introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to current or potential businesses.

Eligibility

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 eligible veterans. As a result of the generous support of the EBV Universities and the private giving by individuals and corporations, all costs, including travel, lodging, and meals for delegates accepted to the EBV, are covered.

Application Procedures

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.

The EBV program ran from June 7-14, 2016 at Florida State University. The EBV National program accepts applications year-round.

*Applications for the EBV program are collected by Syracuse University. You are not guaranteed a spot in the EBV program at FSU, and may be accepted at another of the consortium universities.

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