SJU Hosts 26 Veterans with Disabilities for Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Saint Joseph’s will host its second Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) as a member of the national consortium of schools offering training to post 9/11 veterans
Friday, February 24, 2017
PHILADELPHIA (February 24, 2017) — This March, Saint Joseph’s University’s Office of Veterans Services, in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), will welcome a cohort of 26 post-9/11 military veterans with disabilities for participation in a nationally recognized entrepreneurship program.
In 2015, Saint Joseph’s was accepted into 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, and operated by IVMF. Recognized as one of the 10 best entrepreneurship programs in the United States by Inc. Magazine, the EBV is widely acclaimed as the nation’s premier veteran entrepreneurship training program.
The March 2017 class is the second to participate in the EBV program at SJU, and is comprised of men and women representing all five branches of the United States military. Hailing from 15 different states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, the veterans will arrive on Saint Joseph’s campus on Sunday, March 26 for the on-campus portion of the three-phase program, after completing the 3-week online portion.
The on-campus instruction will include lectures, seminars and breakout sessions led by successful business owners, entrepreneurs and faculty members from SJU’s Haub School of Business.
"We are excited to welcome our largest and most diverse EBV Cohort,” says Ralph Galati ’70 (USAF), director of veterans services. “Our group of 26 veterans has an outstanding array of ventures, and our task will be to provide them with the skills, training and services to help them jumpstart their businesses."
A Yellow Ribbon school, SJU is consistently recognized by organizations such as Military Times and U.S. News & World Report for its service to veterans.
The program will culminate with a “Shark Tank”-style venture pitch competition and a graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 1, featuring keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Justin Constantine, USMC, (Ret.). Now an inspirational speaker, member of the board of directors for Wounded Warrior Project, and senior advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” campaign, Constantine was shot in the head by a sniper while on a routine combat patrol in Iraq in 2006.
During the ceremony, Saint Joseph’s will also honor Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’72, USAF (Ret.), with the Dr. George Beichl ’39 Award, given to an alumnus of Saint Joseph’s University who has distinguished themselves as a veteran and through public service. Dunlap is a professor of the practice of law and executive director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law.
Following the session, members of the cohort will be provided with mentorships and a suite of in-kind services over the course of a year, designed to help them jumpstart their businesses.
About the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program: The national EBV program was launched at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management in 2007, and this year celebrates its tenth year of operation, leveraging 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 service-related disabilities. Since the original class, the IVMF has expanded EBV to a total of ten world class universities throughout the U.S., including Saint Joseph’s University. Assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate partners and donors allows post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members with service-connected disabilities to attend the program cost-free.
About SJU’s Office of Veterans Services: The Saint Joseph's University Office of Veterans 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 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. Learn more about IVMF at http://vets.syr.edu.