By Stephanie Courtright
A few former students from Texas A&M University were among the 25 veterans who came to campus in mid-July to bring to reality their visions of business ventures. These visions, ranging from real estate to tele-health enterprises, are honed through the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), sponsored by Mays Business School’s Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship.
The EBV initiative offers cutting-edge experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to military men and women who were disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership by developing competencies associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and helping coordinate efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities. The program consists of a three-week online self-study, an eight-day residency period on the Texas A&M campus, and a year of mentorship and support as participants launch their new ventures.
Opening remarks for the event, held in the lobby of Texas A&M’s Clayton W. Williams Jr. Alumni Center, were provided by Jerry Strawser, Dean of Mays Business School. After welcoming the assembled crowd of guests, participants and sponsors, he announced to the EBV participants that they will learn how to become entrepreneurs. Strawser explained how participants will become leaders through the EBV program. “You will be supported by the best, here at Texas A&M,” he said.
Richard Lester, CNVE director, introduced the participants, who each had the opportunity to speak about their branch of military service, hometown and the type of business he or she would like to create.
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ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.
The Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, a part of Mays Business School’s Department of Management, provides encouragement, education, networking and assistance to entrepreneurially-minded students, faculty and Texas businesses. Since its launch in 1999, the center has enhanced student education through campus speakers, competitions and programs, work experiences and financial support. For more information about CNVE please visit: http://cnve.tamu.edu/