The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), born at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management in 2007, has added a fifth partner to its national consortium. The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University officially joins Whitman, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Mays Business School at Texas A&M and Florida State University's College of Business as part of a groundbreaking free program designed to assist veterans with disabilities and offer training in small business start-up and management to servicemen and women injured in the line of duty since 2001.
"By offering veterans with disabilities the tools to create and grow their own businesses, we are helping them fight yet another battle â€" the battle for their own economic freedom," says Mike Haynie, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School, creator of the EBV, and a former U.S. Air Force major. "There is, perhaps, no better way to thank them for their extraordinary service than to demonstrate our confidence in their bright futures."
The EBV integrates world-class faculty, entrepreneurs, disability experts and business professionals in an educational program focused on training veterans in the competencies associated with small business ownership. Entrepreneurship is a way for veterans to make a way for themselves and their families, and to re-engage the economic engine of their communities and ultimately the nation.
The Whitman School of Management says business ownership offers veterans the opportunity to "own their futures" while also offering the flexibility to accommodate the unique challenges associated with a service-connected disability. Participating schools say this consortium represents one of the first, significant partnerships of its type since World War II.
Applications for the EBV are accepted on a rolling admissions basis and are on a first-come, first-served basis."The Krannert School is honored to be part of the EBV consortium," says Rick Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds professor of management. "Helping the veterans with disabilities of this millennium understand how to start their own businesses and become entrepreneurs is a noble calling for any business school. The faculty and staff at the Krannert School eagerly look forward to our first EBV class."