SJU Hosts 20 Veterans with Disabilities for Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Saint Joseph’s will host its first Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) as a member of the national consortium of schools offering training to post 9/11 veterans

EBF-10thFrom April 9 to 17, Saint Joseph’s University’s Office of Veterans Services, in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, will welcome 20 post-9/11 military veterans with disabilities for participation in a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program.

Saint Joseph’s was accepted into the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) in 2015, an entrepreneurial and small business education program founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU), and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).

The April 2016 class is the first to participate in the EBV program at SJU.

The 20 service men and women, who represent four branches of the United States military and twelve states, will arrive to campus on Saturday, April 9, for the on-campus portion of the three-phase program. The first phase, a series of online classes, began March 1.

The on-campus instruction will include lectures, seminars and breakout sessions led by successful business owners, entrepreneurs and faculty members from SJU’s Haub School of Business.

“A team of 87 people will be helping us throughout the weeklong event – including SJU faculty and alumni, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and veterans – all with the singular focus of providing the best professional education we can to our budding veteran entrepreneurs,” says Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of Veterans Services. “It is an ambitious program, but we have a committed Cohort of veterans who are ready for the challenge.”

The program will culminate with a “Shark Tank” style venture pitch competition and a graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 16, featuring keynote speaker the Hon. Patrick J. Murphy, acting secretary of the Army.

Following the April session, members of the cohort will be provided with mentorships and a suite of in-kind services over the course of a year, designed to help them jumpstart their businesses.

Recognized nationally for its best practices by the Department of the Army and named among the 10 best entrepreneurship programs in the United States by Inc. Magazine, the EBV is widely acclaimed as the nation’s premier veteran entrepreneurship training program. To date, 1,247 veterans from across the nation have graduated from the EBV with 68 percent having launched a new venture after completing the EBV program.

In January 2016, Military Times named Saint Joseph’s the top university in the Philadelphia region for the second consecutive year among its “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016,” with a No. 58 ranking. A Yellow Ribbon school, SJU was also ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings of “Best Colleges for Veterans” and was named a 2015 Military Friendly® School by


About the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program: The national EBV program was launched at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007, and this year celebrates its tenth year of operation, leveraging 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-related disabilities.  Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded EBV to a total of ten world class universities throughout the U.S., including Saint Joseph’s University. 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.

About SJU’s Office of Veterans Services: The Saint Joseph’s University Office of Veterans Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by providing opportunities for education and career advancement. Veterans Services understands the unique needs of the veteran population and strives to create a welcoming environment for veterans and their families. The office designs and implements customized education programs and ensures that veterans gain access to all eligible federal, state and local programs and services, and is committed to preparing veterans for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.

About the IVMF: The Institute for Veterans and Military Families 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 its 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 IVMF at

Background: As Philadelphia’s Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


SJU Media Contact: Colleen Sabatino ’11 (M.A.), Associate Director of Communications, 610-660-3256,

IVMF/Syracuse University Contact:  Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications, Office: 315-443-5690, Mobile: 315-558-9483,



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