Introduction

Inaugural Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Inaugural Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

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Inaugural Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

First group of EBV participants

The Barnes Family Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a novel, one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage 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 and their families. Originally started at the Whitman School, the aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for our veterans and their families by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture. Since its initiation in 2007, the EBV program has trained more than 1,500 graduates, with 72 percent of graduates launching a business after graduating from the program. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) program was also launched for caregivers of seriously wounded veterans to provide the same educational and mentoring opportunity.