Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who were disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
“It’s been absolutely eye-opening learning the things I didn’t know I didn’t know—everything from pricing and costing, to the financials, to the analysis of my business, to little things we can do for the service, to marketing concepts.” Alex Van Breukelen, EBV Cornell ’12 graduate
The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and also by helping them coordinate their efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities.
The EBV was first introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007. The EBV is designed around two central elements—focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth, reflecting issues unique to disability and public benefits programs and the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program.
The EBV at Cornell University is the first to offer a specialized program focused on hospitality entrepreneurship. Sessions are led by more than a dozen School of Hotel Administration faculty members as well as other faculty members from across the Cornell University campus; speakers from the Culinary Institute of America, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, and the U. S. Small Business Administration; and finance, real estate, community banking professionals.
The Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship (PIHE) organized and hosted the 2012 EBV at Cornell University during the first week of October. It began with an online curriculum that participants completed before they arrived on campus for the weeklong residency program. After they graduate, they have access to ongoing technical assistance from faculty experts and EBV partners.
“We’re offered a lot of things, and promised a lot of things, as veterans. Some of them aren’t followed through on, but EBV is such an organized thing that we know that when we look to them for something, we know they’re going to follow through on it and we know we have that guarantee from them.” Rick Yarosh, EBV Cornell ’12 graduate