Kicking off its second year, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities will hold summer sessions around the country to teach recent veterans on how to start a business or new career. The first group of 20 veterans has reported for duty at Florida State University’s College of Business. They’ll immerse themselves in entrepreneurship ideas and concepts during the week-long program, which is run by faculty and successful entrepreneurs.
Veterans will also get to hear from professionals in various industries about entrepreneurship. In this the second year of the program, the students will hear a keynote address by a 2008 boot camp graduate, J.R. Martinez, who attended the program to learn how to market his persona and now is a regular cast member on the television show “All My Children.”
The EBV program begins with a three-week online course and culminates in the on-campus residency “boot camp.” There is an application, but no cost to participate. The on-site classes are followed by 12 months of ongoing support and mentorship from faculty experts and industry professionals.
The program began in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, and is offered at a several schools including Florida State, Texas A&M University, the University of California, Los Angeles, Purdue University and Syracuse. It is sponsored by schools, corporations — including The McGraw-Hill Companies and Xerox Corporation — as well by private donations.
While the 2009 program is already underway, veterans can apply for the 2010 program at the website for Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management. The only qualifications to be eligible for the program are having “a service-connected disability, military service post-9/11, and a passion for starting your own business,” according to the website.