Aspiring veteran entrepreneurs will converge on campus for intensive nine-day residency to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership
Baton Rouge, LA – Today, seventeen disabled veterans from around the country will converge on the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus to expand on the traits (resilience, focus and leadership) they developed in the military, and learn the basics of business ownership during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).
Hosted in partnership between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business, the EBV helps post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities develop skills and tools needed to launch and maintain successful businesses.
The 5th annual LSU program, hosted by the LSU Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, takes place Feb. 26 – March 5. During their stay in the Capital City, EBV participants will have the opportunity to engage in the classroom, network with local entrepreneurs and experience the city’s rich culture. From entrepreneurial advice to small business development insight, EBV at LSU strives to ready participants for the challenges and opportunities they will face in starting and sustaining a business for the long term.
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome another group of veterans to campus. This program is one of the most meaningful learning events we are involved in,” commented Robin D. Kistler, interim director for LSU’s Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.
The national EBV program was launched at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007, and this year celebrates its tenth year of operation. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded EBV to a total of ten world class universities throughout the U.S., including LSU. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program cost-free.
EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a 30-day online instructor-led course. Participants have already begun to shape business plans and learn business language during the online phase. During the second phase, participants will complete an intensive nine-day residency at LSU, learning 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.
“EBV has produced more than 1,250 graduates since 2007, with 68 percent having launched a new venture after completing the EBV program,” said Tina Kapral, director of residency programs at IVMF. “The IVMF at Syracuse University is excited to continue its partnership with LSU and the E.J. Ourso College of Business in support of our nation’s veterans and aspiring entrepreneurs.”
Elements of the LSU program will be open to the media upon request, and program leaders and participants will be available for interviews.
Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
EBV – national program
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Joshua K Duplechain, LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business
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ABOUT THE Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program: The results are in for graduates of the national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program:
- More than 1,250 aspiring entrepreneurs have graduated from the EBV program;
- $196 million (and growing) in revenue has been generated by EBV graduate businesses;
- 68% of EBV graduates have started their own businesses; 92% of those are still in business today;
- 1 out of every 4 EBV graduate businesses grosses over $100,000/year
- 72 – The average number of people employed by an EBV graduate
- EBV graduate businesses currently employ 1,886 people
About the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at LSU: The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute, an integral part of LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, utilizes the Fellows Program, LSU Executive Education, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), and the Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker Series to address the challenges of entrepreneurship and 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.
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 IVMF.