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Experiential Training in Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) national program is a novel, one-of-a-kind initiative designed to leverage the skills, resources and infrastructure of higher education to offer cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with a passion for entrepreneurship. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for veterans by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.

In 2015, the national EBV program expanded its consortium of schools to include the University of Missouri in Columbia. MU’s program is sponsored by the employees of Veterans United Home Loans through the VU Foundation.

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EBV is delivered in three phases

Phase one

A 30-day online course teaches participants business fundamentals and research.

Phase two

An eight-day residency at MU exposes students to accomplished entrepreneurs, educators and business executives through workshops and coaching.

Next residency: June 7-14, 2024

Phase three

Participants receive 12 months of ongoing support delivered through the EBV Technical Assistance Program, a robust, comprehensive network of mentors, resources and national partners.

Grants for graduates

Mizzou offers microgrants through a competitive application process for our EBV graduates with established businesses. The intent is to continue helping them grow their ventures. 

Meet our staff

Greg Bier

Gregory L. Bier, PhD

Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs
U.S. Army veteran

Kelly Mattas

Kelly Mattas

Senior Program/Project Support Coordinator 

Veteran Business Ventures

Training opens doors

Going through EBV gives participants a group of "battle buddies" who continue to support each other as they pursue their business dreams.

Read about EBV 2023
Veterans who participated in the 2023 EBV program

Success Realized

Bootcamp businesses

View a list of companies owned by veterans who participated in the university’s EBV program.

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Jesse Hall at MU with three American flags


In service to those who have served

D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families

The EBV Program, founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU), is operated by SU’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). To date, more than 2,200 veterans from across the nation have graduated from the EBV, which has spurred the creation of hundreds of new veteran-owned businesses.

The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through its focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families.

More about IVMF