More than 20 veterans will get the chance to attend the weeklong Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), which starts Saturday at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

The EBV offers training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV at Texas A&M is a significant collaboration between the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship (CNVE) and the Center for Executive Development at Mays.

“We have the opportunity to change lives for men and women who have given so much to us through their service to our country,” says Richard Lester, clinical associate professor and executive director of the CNVE. “It is a great honor and privilege that all of us share who become associated with the EBV program.”

The cost is about $5,000 per participant, but thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and private individuals, the veterans are allowed to attend the entire program — including tuition, travel and accommodations — at no cost. (To help support this program at Texas A&M, visit the Texas A&M Foundation website.)

The week’s schedule starts Saturday (July 28) with an orientation meeting and an opening reception. Workshops and guest speakers will be Sunday (July 29) through Friday (Aug. 3). On Saturday (Aug. 4), the participants will hear from an alumni panel, give their final venture pitches and participate in a closing reception.

FIVE YEARS AND 500 GRADUATES LATER

Statistics from the national EBV program:

  • 69 percent have launched a new venture since attending EBV
  • 65 percent of the ventures remain operational
  • 13 percent went back to school instead of starting their ventures
  • 5 percent went to work for someone else
  • 16 percent are still in the planning stage
  • 91 percent use the EBV Technical Assistance Program

New this year at Texas A&M’s program will be the recognition of a Distinguished EBV Alumnus.

This year’s participants hail from around Texas, George, Louisiana and Florida.

ABOUT THE EBV CONSORTIUM

The EBV Consortium was formed in 2008 as a national educational initiative designed to help veterans with disabilities to make the transition to self-employment, develop professional networks and ultimately start and grow sustainable businesses. In addition to Texas A&M, the EBV Consortium is composed of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, the College of Business at The Florida State University, the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the College of Business at the University of Connecticut, the E. J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

To find out more about the EBV at Texas A&M, visit ebv.tamu.edu or contact CNVE Assistant Director Ashley Crane at (979) 845-4882 or acrane@mays.tamu.edu.