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 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 by developing competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. This is also achieved by helping veterans 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 partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Management, Florida State University's College of Business, and Mays Business School at Texas A&M. Each of these world-class business schools offered EBV on their campuses in Summer 2008. The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University also joined the EBV consortium, and all five schools offered the EBV on their campuses in Summer 2009.
Like the bootcamp you know, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of FSU's nationally-ranked entrepreneurship curriculum, the bootcamp 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. The EBV program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans accepted into the program.