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3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Kicks Off at Cornell University

September 27, 2014

3rd Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Kicks Off at Cornell University

A group of Post-9/11 military veterans have ascended on the campus of Cornell University with a new mission – business ownership.  The 3rd annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) began September 26th and will run through October 5th. The program is hosted at the Cornell School of Hospitality and is the EBV’s fist specialty program with a unique focus in the food and beverage industry. Participants have ideas ranging in size from a food truck to a full-service gastropub.

For its 2014 class, the Cornell EBV will be hosting 26 participants from across New York and the United State at its campus in Ithaca, New York. The EBV program provides the cutting-edge training in entrepreneurship and small-business management needed to make the dream of owning a business a reality. The EBV continues to be largely privately funded, and is offered at no cost to Post-9/11 veterans with a service-connected disability and a desire to start their own business.

“We are excited to welcome the 2014 EBV class to Ithaca and the beautiful campus of Cornell University this week,” says Cornell University EBV Director Neil Tarallo.  “After working with this year’s class during the Phase I online training we are eager to meet these dedicated men and women in-person as we kick off the Phase II residency portion of our program here at Cornell.”

By the end of 2014, more than 950 veterans will have graduated from the national program since 2007. Though some participants operate previously established ventures, 70 percent of all EBV graduates have launched a new venture following their time in the program, and 92 percent still have those ventures operational. Through their ventures, EBV graduates have added more than 1,120 employees to the national workforce, and many of those employees are veterans as well.

“We are excited to welcome the newest class of EBV students at Cornell University for the Phase II in-residency portion of this invaluable training,” says EBV & EBV-F National Program Manager Jared Lyon. “Our world-class team of speakers, instructors and entrepreneurs cannot wait to start working with this most deserving population of future business owners, creating an economic path forward for our military veterans.”

The EBV was founded at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Managementin 2007 and is operated under the auspices of the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). A national consortium consisting of a network of eight world-class schools offers the EBV nationwide through programs at the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles; the College of Business at Florida State University; the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University; the School of Business at the University of Connecticut; the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University; and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Today, each of these world-class schools offers the EBV program on their campuses, with Syracuse University serving as the national ‘host’ for the program. The EBV Consortium represents the first major partnership of America’s schools and colleges of business since the end of World War II, formed with the express purpose of serving military veterans and their families.

For more information on the EBV or EBV-F program, please contact Jared Lyon, National Program Manager, at 315-443-6007 or jslyon@syr.edu.

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