EBV – The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

“I attended EBV at one of the lowest points in my life. EBV was a fresh start and a new beginning; it provided me the opportunity to take a dream and turn it into a reality. My life and business would not be where they are now without EBV, period.” - Ryan O., President, Ottosen & Co.

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EBV is a first-of-its-kind initiative that turns veterans into entrepreneurs! The EBV program leverages the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans.

About EBV

The EBV opens the door to economic opportunity for veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Founded at Syracuse University in 2007, the program has since expanded to additional universities across the U.S., including Texas A&M, Purdue University, UCLA, the University of Connecticut, Louisiana State University, The Florida State University, Cornell University, Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Missouri –with Syracuse University serving as national host of the consortium of schools.

What You Will Experience

  • World class entrepreneurship training with fellow veterans (or family members)
  • Lifelong mentors and friends established at the course
  • A community of like-minded entrepreneurs, veterans and program graduates


  • Post 9/11 veteran


  • Phase I: 30 day online, instructor-led business fundamentals and research course work
  • Phase II: 9-day residency experience at one of the ten EBV consortium schools
  • Phase III: 12-month ongoing support focused on small business creation and growth


  • The entire EBV experience, including travel and lodging, is offered without any cost to participating Veterans.

The EBV Impact

Named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “10 Best” entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. (2011)

72% of EBV graduates have launched their own businesses, with 92% of those businesses still in operation today

Awarded the McGraw-Hill Prize from the Academy of Management for the most innovative entrepreneurship program implemented by U.S. business schools in 2010

What Our Grads Have to Say About EBV

Edward Aguasanta

Syracuse University, 2012

“I thank the EBV program for being so great and helping veterans like myself. I was truly at the brink of considering unthinkable thoughts about myself and my future until this miracle happened with EBV that breathed new life into me and cast a gleaming pathway into my future…Me and my fellow EBV classmates fought for the American dream and yet when we return home, we sometimes feel alienated from it, either by our own will or other personal circumstances. I no longer feel that way because of the EBV program and for that, I thank you!”


Kari Brizius

UCLA, 2011

“As a veteran, I knew I had strengths in leadership, communication, organization, and time management; now I needed to figure out how to use those skills.”

Brizius says that the EBV program has helped her make invaluable connections in her industry and has made her more aware of areas of improvement she can work on as a business owner. “EBV has helped me learn how to use the skills gained in the military and apply them to my entrepreneurial journey.”


Justin Constantine

Syracuse University, 2009

“Not only should you, you have to check out EBV, you have to apply for it. If you don’t, you’re squandering a huge resource that’s out there. Starting and running a business is incredibly hard and there are so many things to do and take care of that one wouldn’t think of, until you’re in the middle of it. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to be a small business owner, but I do now, and I think running a small business is part of the American dream, where you’re taking on the world and you have a chance to really succeed on your own.”