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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

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.

Mizzou’s program was launched with the help of the employees of Veterans United Home Loans through the VU Foundation.

Veterans United Foundation logo

EBV is delivered through a three-phase approach:

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3
30-day instructor led, online course focused on basic skills of entrepreneurship and the language of business. Nine-day residency at an EBV university where students are exposed to over 30 accomplished entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators from across the U.S. 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

This Phase 1 online program is June 28 to July 16, 2021. The Phase 2 residency program is Aug. 13-20, 2021, on the MU campus (first and last days are for travel).

Meet the Staff

Photo of Greg Bier Gregory L. Bier, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Programs
Photo of Kelly Mattas Kelly Mattas
Senior Program/Project Support Coordinator

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans
University of Missouri
1211 MU Student Center
Columbia, MO 65211-2600


In 2015, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), a national entrepreneurial and small business education program, announced the expansion of its consortium of schools to include the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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 1,200 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. Learn more about the IVMF