In concert with National Military Family Month, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans’ Families (EBV-F) has welcomed 17 participants to the second annual program on the Syracuse University campus. The program began Sunday, Nov. 13, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 20. The EBV-F provides a vocational and economic path forward for military family members who now find themselves caregivers to a wounded warrior, and surviving spouses of servicemen and women who gave their lives in service to our nation.
Sixteen women and one man, all military family members and/or spouses of veterans representing all branches of the armed forces, are taking part in the EBV-F. The eight-day residency includes exposure through course work, lectures and keynote speakers to accomplished entrepreneurs, academics, disability experts and business leaders from across the country. The EBV-F experience is intense; a typical day for participants in the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m.
Founded in 2010 at SU’s Whitman School of Management and operated by the University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), the EBV-F is part of the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) portfolio. These programs open the door to business ownership to America’s veterans and their families by providing cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small-business management.
“Our portfolio of EBV programs, including the EBV-F, has spurred the creation of more than 200 new veteran- and military family-owned businesses since 2007,” says Tina M. Kapral, director of education programs at the IVMF. “The training continues to be offered without any cost to participants who have already given so much to our country through their service and sacrifice, both as veterans and members of military families. We are thrilled to welcome the newest cohort of EBV-Families to the SU campus, and look forward to the wonderful things they will accomplish upon completion of this program.”
The next session of EBV-F will take place at Florida State University in February. It is FSU’s inaugural EBV-F program.