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EBV National Program

The EBV National Program 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 with service-connected disabilities and a passion for entrepreneurship as well as military family members who serve in a caregiver role to a veteran with a service-connected disability. 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.


…EBV is offered at no cost to post 9/11 veterans and their families.


…of our EBV graduates have started their own business.


…of EBV graduates use the EBV Technical Assistance Program.


10 Years

Celebrating 10 years,
10 universities in 2016.

The EBV National Program offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post 9/11 veterans with disabilities and their family members.

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EBV is delivered through a three-phased approach, providing premier training and support:



Phase 1

30-day instructor led, online course focused on basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business.

Phase 2

Nine-day residency at an EBV university where students are exposed to over 30 accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the U.S.

Phase 3

12 months of support and mentorship delivered through the EBV Technical Assistance Program (EBV-TAP), a robust, comprehensive network of mentors, resources and national partnerships

EBV Consortium

What EBV National Grads have to say:

  • "Not only should you, you have to check EBV, you have to apply for it. If you don't, you're squandering a huge resource that's out there. Starting and running a business is incredibly hard and there are so many things to do and take care of that one wouldn't think of, until you're in the middle of it. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to be a small business owner, but I do now, and I think running a small business is part of the American dream, where you're taking on the world and you have a chance to really succeed on your own."
    Justin Constantine, EBV – Syracuse University, 2009
  • “I thank the EBV program for being so great and helping veterans like myself. I was truly at the brink of considering unthinkable thoughts about myself and my future until this miracle happened with EBV that breathed new life into me and cast a gleaming pathway into my future…Me and my fellow EBV classmates fought for the American dream and yet when we return home, we sometimes feel alienated from it, either by our own will or other personal circumstances. I no longer feel that way because of the EBV program and for that, I thank you!”
    Edward Aguasanta, EBV – Syracuse University, 2013
  • "EBV was one of the most professionally run and impactful courses I have ever attended. The EBV program has provided me not only the tools to become an established business owner, but also the vision and ambition. Before being accepted into the EBV family I did not have a clear direction in mind, but the instructors, mentors, and connections I have made during and since attendance have made the difference between flailing about in a sea of attempted entrepreneurship and aggressive pursuit of my business goals. I cannot vouch for this program enough, and would encourage any motivated veteran that wants to start their own business to apply to this program; it is truly world class."
    Marty Skovlund, EBV – Syracuse University, 2013
  • “I had no idea what I was in for when I applied for EBV-F! The volume of business knowledge I received in one week is impossible to describe. I arrived in Syracuse with a vague business idea and went home with enough information - and confidence - to launch my business a few months later. The program not only reaches out to veterans, but to their families as well. Being the wife of a Marine who suffers from PTSD due to two deployments and a bout with cancer, I felt honored to attend such an exceptional program.”
    Kelly Hoffman, EBV-F Syracuse University, 2013


The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through our focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families. Learn more about the IVMF at