Florida State University Hosts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Military Veterans with Disabilities

Florida State University Hosts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp  for Military Veterans with Disabilities

When military veterans leave the service, they possess many traits required to be successful entrepreneurs, such as resilience, focus, and leadership. More than 25 disabled veterans will converge on the Florida State University (FSU) campus today, Wednesday, June 10, to expand on those traits and learn the basics of business ownership during the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).

Hosted in partnership between the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and Florida State, EBV helps post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities develop skills and tools needed to launch and maintain successful businesses.

The program was launched at Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management in 2007. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded EBV to nine additional universities throughout the U.S., including FSU. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program cost-free.

The program takes place from June 10 – 17, and is the eighth time FSU has hosted EBV.

“With the 2015 class, the Florida State program will push over 200 graduates. This incoming class is a very diverse group with seasoned business owners and budding entrepreneurs all ready to make the most of their EBV experience,” said Ashley Edwards, Veterans Center Program Coordinator, Florida State University. “It brings together two of the most important initiatives at Florida State–to be the most veteran friendly university and spread the spirit of entrepreneurship–in one program.”

EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week online instructor-led course. Participants have already begun to shape business plans and learn business language during the online phase. During the second phase, participants will complete an intensive nine-day residency at FSU, learning the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership from established entrepreneurs and educators. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through the EBV Technical Assistance Program.

“EBV has produced more than 1,100 graduates since 2007, with 68% having launched a new venture after completing the EBV program,” said Tina Kapral, director of residency programs at IVMF. “The IVMF at Syracuse University is excited to work with FSU again to support our nation’s veterans and help them create and maintain their own small businesses.”

Elements of the FSU program will be open to the media upon request, and program leaders and attendees will be available for interviews.

More information on the nation-wide EBV program can be found at ebv.vets.syr.edu. Details specific to the EBV at FSU program can be found at http://jmi.fsu.edu/Outreach/EBV.


Ashley Edwards

Program Coor.

Florida State University



Wayne Westervelt

Director of Communications

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

(315) 4430 5690



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. For more information, visit vets.syr.edu.


Founded in 1950, the Florida State University College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet its reputation for excellence has helped it become one of the largest. Consistently ranked as a top business school by U.S. News & World Report, several of its programs rank among the nation’s Top 10. Florida State University is ranked the No. 1 most efficient national university and Kiplinger ranks Florida State one of the best values by combining outstanding education with economic value.  For more information, visit http://business.fsu.edu/aboutus.

Adding to Florida State University’s growing accolades as a military-friendly campus, the College of Business secured the No. 6 spot among all public and private schools surveyed for this year’s “Best for Vets: Business Schools,” a rankings list released by Military Times.


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