UCLA offers 3rd annual entrepreneurs bootcamp for veterans with disabilities
By Neha Patil July 09, 2010 Category: Campus News
For the third consecutive year, the UCLA Anderson School of Management is joining a select group of business schools to offer the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV).
The summer program, which runs from July 10 to 18 at UCLA Anderson, provides education and training in entrepreneurship and small business management free of cost to military personnel injured in the line of duty. The program is designed to help participants learn essential skills that will help them start, grow and successfully manage entrepreneurial ventures.
“It’s a privilege to work with disabled American veterans for the third year,” said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson and the school’s John E. Anderson Professor of Management. “UCLA Anderson’s expertise in entrepreneurship is a way for us to provide resources to veterans who have sacrificed so much on behalf of the nation and who want to realize their own business dreams and desires to support their families and communities.”
The EBV was introduced by the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2007. The following year, the EBV Consortium was launched as a national partnership with UCLA Anderson, Florida State University’s College of Business and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. Purdue University joined the consortium in 2009, and the University of Connecticut was added in 2010.
The EBV is designed around two primary objectives. The first focuses on practical training in new venture creation and growth, including information on programs and opportunities specific to disabled veterans and the businesses they own. The second focuses on establishing a support structure for graduates of the program.
The UCLA Anderson EBV program, which is administered by the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, is divided into three distinct phases. Students develop initial concepts during the online component of the program. They then participate in experiential workshops and in-class learning at UCLA. Finally, they receive ongoing support and mentorship from UCLA Anderson faculty and alumni in the year following the residential component.
Thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors and private individuals, the entire program — including tuition, travel and accommodations — is offered at no cost to the veterans.
“The response that we have received to the EBV program has been tremendous,” said Elaine Hagan, executive director of UCLA’s Price Center. “We look forward to providing this year’s class with an unparalleled learning experience and in continuing to work with them as they become members of the EBV alumni network, which will soon include over 300 participants across the consortium.”
The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management is an internationally recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research. With a distinguished faculty as its cornerstone, the center oversees activities that advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurship as well as the related fields of technology and innovation, venture capital and private equity, and social enterprise. Known for the impact of its outreach programs, the Price Center fosters a spirit of innovation in individuals, enhances the managerial capacity of organizations, and prepares entrepreneurial leaders who will provide significant, sustainable and economic value to society.
The UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. Faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in M.B.A., fully-employed M.B.A., executive M.B.A., UCLA-NUS Global Executive M.B.A., master of financial engineering and doctoral programs and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a worldwide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.
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