Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)


The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and  small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities  resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to  open the door to business ownership for our veterans by 1) developing  your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching  and growing a small business, and by 2) helping you leverage programs  and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that  furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.

The EBV program is offered by a  network of eight world-class institutions:

  • Martin J. Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
  • Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles
  • College of Business, The Florida State University
  • Mays Business School, Texas A&M University
  • Krannert School of Management, Purdue University
  • School of Business, University of Connecticut
  • E. J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University
  • School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University  (Hospitality/Food & Beverage Focus)

The EBV is designed around two central elements: a) focused,  practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and  growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits  programs; and b) the establishment of a support structure for graduates  of the program. The practical elements of the program will involve  three phases:

  1. Phase  I: Delegates participate in a self-study curriculum, facilitated by an  online discussion and assessment module, which will be moderated by  entrepreneurship faculty and graduate students from one of the partner  EBV Universities. During this phase delegates will work on the  development of their own business concepts.
  2. Phase II: During  the nine-day residency at one of the eight EBV Universities, delegates  are exposed to the “nuts and bolts” of business ownership through  experiential workshops and lessons from world-class entrepreneurship  faculty representing nationally ranked programs around the country.
  3. Phase  III: Delegates are provided with ongoing technical assistance from faculty experts at the EBV Universities and EBV partners.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Whats a good business concept and how can I determine if my  idea is a good one?
  • Do I really need a business plan and, if so,  how can I write a great one?
  • What do I need to know about my customer and  market, and how can I get answers?
  • How much money do I need and how do I get it?
  • How do I make sense of the numbers, and which  numbers really matter?
  • Whats a  business model, and does mine make sense?
  • What is guerrilla marketing? Are there ways to  do more with marketing while spending much less?
  • Which activities should I outsource and what  do I need to know about hiring employees?
  • Where do I go to get the information I need to  organize my new venture?

Application process:

The EBV program is a selective, rigorous and intense educational initiative. The program is offered by a consortium of schools that includes Syracuse University, The Florida State University, the University of California at Los Angeles, Texas A&M University, Purdue University, the University of Connecticut, Louisiana State University and Cornell University. The Cornell University EBV program is specialized and limited to those veteran entrepreneurs interested in Hospitality/Food & Beverage related businesses. Applications for the EBV will be accepted from veterans who:

  • Have separated from active duty service after 2001 (or currently in the administrative process of separating)
  • Have been identified as having a ‘service-connected disability’ as a result of their military service (including activated National Guard and Reserves) Note: Can be in process of evaluation of disability through VA
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship & small business ownership/management

Beyond the criteria identified above, a complete application is the only remaining requirement to be considered for the program. A complete application package will include the following:

  1. Completed EBV Application Form (including responses to personal statement #1-6)
  2. Résumé
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation

Selection will be based on the ‘whole-person’ concept, with a particular focus on an assessment of potential to excel both in the program, and also excel upon graduating from the EBV in the area of entrepreneurship and small business management. PLEASE NOTE: The percentage of your disability is not a factor in determining your acceptance into the EBV program.

View the story CBS 60 Minutes did on EBV by following this link: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50146678n

Visit the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities web site http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/ for more information and to apply.