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UCLA Anderson Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Helps Kick Start Vets

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On Saturday, July 11th, a group of disabled veterans will use their military abilities of resilience, focus and leadership to learn the basics of business ownership at the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) at UCLA Anderson. The event, co-hosted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA Anderson School of Management, helps post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities develop skills and tools needed to launch, grow and lead successful businesses.

EBV is a three-phase program, beginning with a three-week, online curriculum that ensures that participants arrive on campus with the foundations of a business plan and familiarity with the tools and language necessary to succeed in business. During the second phase, participants complete an intensive nine-day residency at UCLA Anderson, learning from UCLA Anderson faculty and established entrepreneurs. Following the residency, EBV graduates will receive access to a year-long support and mentorship program through the EBV Technical Assistance Program.

“We are honored to welcome this distinguished group of veterans to UCLA Anderson,” Elaine Hagan, executive director of the Price Center, said in a statement. “Their leadership abilities, when combined with the skills that they develop during the EBV Program, provide them with many of the tools required to build a successful entrepreneurial business venture.”

EBV has produced more than 1,100 graduates since 2007, 68 percent of whom have launched a new venture upon completing the program. Now in its eighth year, the program will take place from July 11th through 19th.