Entrepreneurship requires traits that the U.S. military instills in its service members like leadership, resilience and focus. More than 20 disabled veterans will travel to Louisiana State University (LSU) on February 20 to expand on those traits and learn the basics of business ownership during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV). The program, hosted in partnership between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and LSU, helps post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities develop skills and tools needed to launch and maintain a successful business.
IVMF launched the EBV program at Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management in 2007. EBV has since expanded to seven additional universities throughout the U.S., including LSU, and will expand further in 2015. Assistance from U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors, LSU allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program cost-free.
The program takes place from February 20 – 28 and is the fourth time LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute has hosted EBV.
“LSU recognizes the qualities our nation’s veterans have that make them great entrepreneurs, and we are proud to host EBV again,” said Robin Kistler, interim director of the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute. “This is one of the most important programs LSU will hold all year.”
EBV is three phases, beginning with a three-week online instructor-led course. During the online phase, participants began to shape business plans and learn business language. The second phase of the program revolves around a nine-day residency at LSU where participants learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership from established entrepreneurs and educators. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through the EBV Technical Assistance Program.
“Nine percent of all U.S. small businesses are owned by veterans. After attending EBV, these veterans will have the entrepreneurship tools and skills required to open and grow successful businesses, building on a legacy that stretches back through the last century,” said Tina Kapral, director of residency programs at IVMF. “IVMF is pleased to work with LSU again and provide these veterans support to get their businesses off the ground.”
Elements of the LSU program will be open to the media upon request, and program leaders and attendees will be available for interviews.
More information on the nation-wide EBV program can be found at ebv.vets.syr.edu. Details specific to the EBV at LSU program, including information on donation opportunities, can be found at ebv.lsu.edu.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES (IVMF)
The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. For more information, visit vets.syr.edu.
ABOUT THE STEPHENSON ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, the LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses, and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and to positively impact students, the regional economy, the state of Louisiana and the nation. For more information, visit sei.lsu.edu or call 225-578-0313.