Logo for grant to provide business development education for disabled veterans, Cave Junction, OregonThe Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV ) is a program for post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability who want to learn how to start and manage a small business. The objective of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for disabled veterans.

The entire EBV training program is offered without any cost to participating veterans. This includes covering all costs associated with the Phase II Bootcamp portion of the program where the veteran travels to a university for a nine day intensive training course (see list of universities below). Travel expenses, lodging, meals, program materials, textbooks, and the cost of the program itself will be funded entirely by EBV for those who are accepted into the program. Transportation will be provided throughout the bootcamp residency for EBV students including transportation to and from the airport.

EBV Program Structure

The EBV program is delivered through a three-phased approach:

  • PHASE 1—is a 30-day instructor led, online course focused on basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business.
  • PHASE 2—is a nine-day residency at an EBV university (see below) where students are exposed to over 30 accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the U.S. The residency includes more than 80 hours of instruction in the “nuts and bolts” of business ownership. The residency is intense, and designed to both educate and motivate.
  • PHASE 3—involves 12 months of support and mentorship delivered through the EBV Technical Assistance Program (EBV-TAP), a robust, comprehensive network of mentors, resources and national partnerships.
EBV Phase 2 Program Schedule
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA): Feb. 26 – Mar. 5, 2016
  • Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA): April 9-17, 2016
  • University of Missouri (Columbia, MO): June 4-11, 2016
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL): June 7-14, 2016
  • University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA): July 9-17, 2016
  • Texas A&M University (College Station, TX): July 16-23, 2016
  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY): July 16-23, 2016
  • **Cornell University (Ithaca, NY): October 1 – 9, 2016
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT): October 6 – October 16, 2016
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN): October 21 – 29, 2016

**(emphasis only on Hospitality/Food & Beverage)

More information about the EBV program.

Application guidelines for the EBV program.

The EBV is operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).

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