October 16, 2017

23 veterans to participate in Krannert Entrepreneur Bootcamp

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Veterans from across the Midwest and country will participate Oct. 27-Nov. 4 in Purdue Krannert’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

The program is free to veterans and offers experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 soldiers, sailors, aviators, and marines with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.

“We have 23 amazing disabled veterans participating in the Purdue EBV program this year,” said EBV academic director Richard Cosier. “The participants are provided, at no charge to them, education and training on entrepreneurship and information on how to set up and run a small business.  We are happy that the Purdue Foundry is a partner with Krannert in offering this truly wonderful program to those who have given so much for our country.”

The program is already underway with one month of online study occurring before the nine days on campus. That will be followed by one year of mentoring from Purdue faculty experts.

The program began at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse in 2007. Purdue joined the annual program in 2009.

Students participating in the bootcamp have started businesses across in Indiana and beyond. They’ve also been recognized for their achievements. Last year Kirk Kudrna, a U.S. Army veteran, won first place at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families Virtual Pitch Competition for his mobile phone messaging application. That competition was held at Syracuse for graduates of the 10 bootcamps across the country.

Writer: Howard Hewitt, 765-494-9541, hhewitt@purdue.edu 

Sources: Muna Oto, 765-494-4392, mdestefa@purdue.edu, Richard Cosier, 765-494-4353, rcosier@purdue.edu

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