Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a one-of-a-kind initiative that leverages the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with service-related disabilities (estimated at up to 30 percent of the 2.5 million post-9/11 veteran population). The EBV opens the door to economic opportunity for veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Founded at Syracuse University in 2007, the program has since expanded to additional universities across the U.S., including Texas A&M, Purdue University, UCLA, the University of Connecticut, Louisiana State University, The Florida State University and Cornell University–with Syracuse University serving as national host. Over 600 veterans have graduated from EBV universities since 2007 and over 670 new jobs have been created. Currently, the cohort of EBV graduates is responsible for the creation of more than 180 new small businesses.
In 2009, the EBV program was named a “National Best Practice” for serving veterans and their families by the Secretary of the Army.
In 2011, Inc. Magazine named the EBV program as one of the “10-Best” entrepreneurship programs in the United States.