Applications being taken for disabled veterans' program

May 18, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Applications are being accepted for the next class of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities.

Purdue University's Krannert School of Management is one of seven business schools at universities around the country that teach the bootcamp, which is aimed at helping post-9/11 disabled veterans start their own businesses.

Created at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management in 2007, EBV teaches participants principles of entrepreneurship and small-business management. All expenses are paid.

The program is conducted in three phases: a self-study session in which veterans complete courses through online discussions moderated by university faculty; an intensive, seven-day on-campus residency session where veterans learn to develop their own business concepts and understand the basic elements of small-business management; and a 12-month mentorship with faculty experts at the participating universities.

This year's on-campus session will be held Aug. 19-28.

Those accepted into the program are assigned to one of the participating universities. The curriculum is coordinated at all seven to ensure participants receive a consistent and high-quality experience. The bootcamp integrates faculty, entrepreneurs, disability experts and business professionals. Veterans receive instruction in feasibility and market analysis, supply chain management, and financing new ventures.

"We're enthusiastic supporters of the EBV mission," said Jerry Lynch, Krannert interim dean. "That is why we were one of the early schools to take on this program and why we are looking forward to welcoming our third class to the West Lafayette campus.

"We have received tremendous feedback from prior participants about their experiences. Many have started their own businesses, and all have taken skills from the program that will serve them well in their careers."

In addition to Krannert and Syracuse, others in the consortium are the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management; the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University; the Florida State University College of Business; the University of Connecticut School of Business; and E.J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University.

Students are accepted into the program based on the quality of their proposals for starting their own businesses.

Go to http://www.whitman.syr.edu/ebv for more information or to apply. People wanting more information also can call Cathy Garrison, Purdue EBV program manager, at 765-494-1554.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu 

Source: Jerry Lynch, 765-494-4388, lynch@purdue.edu