January 6, 2014

From Boots to Suits

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) is a consortium of business schools and universities hosting a program for veterans interested in starting and owning businesses. The University of Connecticut School of Business is one of eight participating institutions. The veterans who participate in the program receive business suits, laptops, and training on the fundamentals of business ownership.

Veterans interested in participating apply to the program at one of the eight institutions. To qualify, applicants should:
  • have separated from active duty service after 2001 or be in the administrative process of separating,
  • have a ‘service-connected disability’ as a result of military service (including activated National Guard and Reserves), and
  • demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship and small business ownership or management.
UConn has participated in the program since 2010 and welcomed 23 veterans in 2013. The program is largely privately funded and offered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities. Participating veterans also receive ongoing technical assistance after the bootcamp.