Saint Joseph’s University Joins Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities Program

SJU joins national consortium of world-class schools offering entrepreneurship and small business management training to post 9/11 veterans

Thursday, April 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA: (April 23, 2015) – The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), an entrepreneurial and small business education program founded in 2007 at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (SU), and operated by SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), has announced the expansion of its consortium of schools to include Saint Joseph’s University.

The program will be offered through the Erivan K. Haub School of Business (HSB), an internationally AACSB-accredited institution with undergraduate and graduate degree programs consistently ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.  Named in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rankings of “Best Colleges for Veterans,” SJU ranked No. 2 among colleges and universities in the North for helping veterans and active-duty service members apply to, pay for and complete their degrees. Saint Joseph’s, also recognized as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by, launched a smaller-scale entrepreneurial program for veterans in 2015.

Saint Joseph’s joins a national consortium of world-class schools that participate in the EBV program, including the SU’s Whitman School of Management at SU, the College of Business at The Florida State University, the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University, the Krannert School at Purdue University, the School of Business at the University of Connecticut, the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

To date, 998 veterans from across the nation have graduated from the EBV, which has spurred the creation of more than 200 new veteran-owned businesses. The 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 and their families. The aim of the program is to open the door to economic opportunity for veterans and their families by developing their competencies in creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture.

 “Saint Joseph’s University is a wonderful addition to the EBV family.  We are very excited about its inclusion in the consortium and the impact they will have on the Mid-Atlantic veteran community,” says Dr. Mike Haynie, EBV founder and executive director of the IVMF at Syracuse University. “The passion that St. Joe’s has for veterans’ support initiatives will complement the EBV National Program tremendously. We are certain that its graduates will gain the skills and tools necessary to achieve success with their entrepreneurial aspirations.  This partnership will be beneficial for both veteran participants and the Philadelphia area.”

"Saint Joseph's University and the Office of Veterans Services are absolutely delighted to join the Syracuse national consortium,” says Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of veterans services. “In our first year of operation, we committed to serving the veteran community on our campus, and formalized our relationship with the Haub School’s Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship. Our pilot program − the Veterans Entrepreneurial Jumpstart − provided us with a solid foundation in skills and logistics that will enable us to accelerate our implementation of EBV."

The EBV is widely acclaimed as the nation’s premier veteran entrepreneurship training program, recognized as a national best practice by the Department of the Army and one of the 10 best entrepreneurship programs in the United States according to Inc. Magazine. Syracuse University serves as the EBV Consortium’s National Headquarters. On the SU campus, the EBV is administered under the auspices of the IVMF, the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service.

“Acceptance into the EBV provides Saint Joseph’s with another opportunity to serve our veterans, and to fulfill our mission as the largest Jesuit business school in the country,” says HSB Dean Joseph A. DiAngelo, Jr. Ed.D ’70. “We are proud to collaborate with Syracuse and the other nationally acclaimed colleges and universities to bring this program to our nation’s servicemen and women.”

The Saint Joseph's University Office of Veteran Services is committed to honoring those who have served our country by providing opportunities for education and career advancement. Veterans Services understands the unique needs of the veteran population and strives to create a welcoming environment for veterans and their families. The office designs and implements customized education programs and ensures that veterans gain access to all eligible federal, state and local programs and services, and is committed to preparing veterans for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.

About the IVMF: The Institute for Veterans and Military Families 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 our 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. Learn more about IVMF at


Media Contact

SJU Media Contact: Colleen Sabatino ’11 (M.A.), Associate Director of Communications, 610-660-3256,

IVMF/Syracuse University Contact:  Wayne Westervelt, Director of Communications, 315-443-5690,


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni — over 68,000 strong — provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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