Scot Walker '90 July 17, 2017 9:52 AM updated: July 17, 2017 10:03 AM
Aspiring veteran entrepreneurs are at Texas A&M this week to receive small business management training during the annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans.
This year’s program marks the 10th anniversary of EBV at Texas A&M. Veterans who particapte come to the College Station campus to leverage valued skills from military service in pursuit of business ownership. The opening ceremonies and dinner for this cohort of EBV was on July 15 at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center.
Founded in 2007 at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, EBV has now expanded to include 10 world-class universities, including Mays Business School at Texas A&M. These 10 institutes of higher education deliver EBV to post-9/11 veterans who want to develop the skills and tools needed to launch and maintain successful businesses.
Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), corporate partners, foundations and private donors allow participants to attend the program cost-free. This year’s program at Texas A&M is renamed Reynolds and Reynolds Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Program to recognize a $2 million dollar endowment provided by the Reynolds and Reynolds company to support EBV at Texas A&M. The gift is part of Texas A&M’s “Lead by Example” campaign that launched in 2016.
EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week online instructor-led course where participants shape business plans and learn business language. During the second phase, participants will complete an intensive eight-day residency at a university, 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 EBV Technical Assistance — managed by the IVMF.
Visit ebv.vets.syr.edu for more information on EBV.