Launch your small business

Join the EBV program


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 our veterans by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.

In 2015, the EBV national 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

30-day instructor led, online course focused on basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business.

May 9-27, 2022

Phase two

Nine-day residency at an EBV university where students are exposed to over 30 accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the U.S.

June 24 to July 1, 2022
(first and last days are for travel)
MU campus

Phase three

12 months of support and mentorship delivered through the EBV Technical Assistance Program (EBV-TAP), a robust, comprehensive network of mentors, resources and national partnerships.

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 2022
Veterans participate in Mizzou's 2022 bootcamp.

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

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

The EBV Program, founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU), is operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). To date, more than 1,600 veterans from across the nation have graduated from the EBV, which has spurred the creation of over 200 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