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Jump Start: Purdue program gives vets a business boost

Lafayette magazine  

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December, 2014

New Academic Director for the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

Rick Cosier is our new  Academic Director of the EBV (Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities) program at Krannert School of Management.   Rick served as the Dean of Krannert from 1999-2010, and has close and ongoing relationships with the Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at Purdue University and he was instrumental in bringing EBV to Purdue originally.  Mr. Cosier has a real passion for the program and its initiatives of focusing on the veteran participants and helping them to learn how to start a business of their own.


October, 2014

Krannert to host entrepreneurship program for disabled veterans

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Krannert School of Management will host 26 veterans from around the United States on Oct. 31-Nov. 8 for its sixth annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program. 

Participants are post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities and a desire to start their own businesses.  

Created at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management in 2007, EBV teaches participants principles of entrepreneurship and small-business management.

Students are accepted into the program based on the quality of their proposals for starting their own businesses. All expenses are paid.

The program, hosted at eight university business schools around the country, is conducted in three phases: an online learning program; an intensive, on-campus residency session where veterans learn to develop their own business concepts and understand the basic elements of small-business management; and a 12-month mentorship with faculty experts at the participating universities.

EBV integrates faculty, entrepreneurs, disability experts and business professionals. Veterans receive instruction on topics such as feasibility and market analysis, supply chain management, and financing new ventures.

The veterans will present their commercialization plans on Nov. 7 at Rawls Hall. The EBV class will be recognized at the Purdue–Wisconsin football game Nov. 8 as part of Military Appreciation Day.

Some activities during the week are open to the public:

* An opening ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter will speak.

* A Veterans Affairs luncheon and program will be at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Krannert Drawing Room on campus. Speakers will be Marine Cpl. Michael Egan, a Purple Heart recipient who lost his legs in combat, and James F. McCarthy Jr., assistant deputy chief of naval operations.

* The EBV Class of 2014 graduation ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Purdue Armory. Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will speak.

Those planning to attend the Oct. 31 opening event or Nov. 7 luncheon program are asked to register in advance

Those with questions also can email or call 765-494-4392.


Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,  
Source: Muna Oto, interim EBV program director, 765-494-4392,



March, 2014

The Purdue Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) volunteer team at Krannert was awarded the  2014 Focus Award, in the organization category by Purdue University.

The Office of Institutional Equity hosted an event recognizing the award winners on March 4, in conjunction with Disability Awareness Month.

We appreciate the Purdue faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, civic groups, football team, and friends who all support the EBV program.

The Purdue volunteer EBV team community is over 400 members strong and we thank everyone of our volunteers and donors.

Your efforts and contributions of time and resources are furthering Purdue University’s Commitment to Disability Accessibility and Diversity.  

A Special THANK YOU to all of the EBV Volunteers and to our Veterans!


The Purdue EBV Team