Applications being taken for disabled veterans' program

July 11, 2012  

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 eight 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 Oct. 26 through Nov. 3. The Purdue session will begin in Indianapolis before moving to West Lafayette.

Those accepted into the program are assigned to one of the participating universities. The curriculum is coordinated at all eight 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.

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; E.J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University; and Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration.

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

Go to for more information or to apply. People wanting more information also can call Melissa Evens, Krannert associate director of special events and EBV, at 765-494-4392,

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, 

Source: Tim Newton, Krannert director of external relations and communication, 765-496-7271,

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