Apply Now for the 2018 EBV Program

Apply Now!

Applications for the 2017 program are now closed. However, applications are being accepted on a rolling-admissions basis for the 2018 program. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and early application is encouraged.

Eligibility: EBV applications will be accepted from veterans who have separated from active-duty service after 2001 (or are currently in the administrative process of separating) and have been identified as having a 'service-connected disability' as a result of their military service (including activated National Guard and Reserves).

Please Note:

  • A veteran can be in process of evaluation of disability through VA.
  • The percentage of your disability is not a factor in determining your acceptance into the EBV program.

Costs and Logistics: This program is entirely free of cost to the veteran. As a result of the generous support of the universities in the EBV consortium and the private giving of individuals and corporations, we are able to cover all costs (including travel, lodging, and meals) for delegates accepted to the EBV.

Application Procedures and Requirements: The EBV program represents a unique opportunity for men and women who have served in the interest of America's freedom, enabling them to take an important step toward realizing their economic independence through entrepreneurship. EBV is a selective, rigorous, and intense educational initiative; accordingly, the application process is rigorous and selective.

Successful candidates for admission will demonstrate a strong interest in entrepreneurship, high motivation for owning and managing a business, and a high likelihood of successful completion of this intense training program.

There are five required uploads for successful completion of an application. While you will have the opportunity to save and resume your application, please make sure that you are prepared to submit the following, as you will have only 30 days to access your in-progress application after the first time you have saved your application:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • VA disability rating or proof of request for disability rating
  • DD214 or Leave and Earning Statement (LES)

Program Schedule: Specific dates for the EBV will vary by university. You will be assigned to an EBV campus following your admission into the program. All candidates interested in opening a business in the hospitality industry will first be assigned to Cornell University. A phone interview will be conducted to confirm whether you are eligible for the Cornell program. If not, your assignment will be determined, in large part, based on your proximity to an EBV campus.

The general schedule for the EBV-Cornell program is as follows:

  1. First week of September: commence online training
  2. Last week of September: commence EBV residency
  3. First week of October: commence technical assistance program

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