Hartford, CT – Tonight, twenty-six Post-9/11 military veterans will graduate from one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), which began October 3rd, will culminate with a dinner tonight featuring a keynote speech from noted West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, successful businessman and current Civilian Assistant to the Secretary of the Army William Murdy.
This class features veterans who have traveled from across New England and the nation for an intense week and a half of training at the UCONN School of Business. 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 program is still 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.
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 graduating class of EBV students from UCONN into the ranks of our increasingly successful alumni,” says EBV & EBV-F National Program Manager Jared Lyon. “Business ownership continues to be a growing option for veterans of all generations and fostering entrepreneurship in our newest generation is good for both them and the nation as a whole.”
The EBV was founded at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.