Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) program offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.

The UConn School of Business is proud to participate in this very special program that helps give back to individuals who have sacrificed for our country. EBV demonstrates the power of entrepreneurship in our communities by fostering an essential route for job creation and economic vitality.

The EBV is designed to give focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth and the establishment of a support structure for graduates of the program.

In the past decade, the program has graduated 218 Veterans and caregivers who have launched 187 businesses, producing more than $150 million in gross revenues, and creating 430 jobs. In addition, 34 graduates have found career-track, full-time employment, and 21 have accessed career-track educational opportunities.

Our mission in the next 10 years is to help transition those retiring from the long-term military posts into civilian careers that can sustain them and their families. The University of Connecticut remains committed to making the University a national leader for Veteran entrepreneurship in 2021 and beyond.

In Memoriam

Michael J. Zacchea
EBV Founder and Director
1968 - 2022
We are forever grateful for Michael's vision, passion, camaraderie and leadership of the EBV program. This life-changing program will live on in his honor.


RSS Veteran Stories

  • In Memoriam: EBV Director Michael Zacchea
    UConn Today – Michael J. Zacchea, a decorated military hero and the founder and director of UConn’s highly successful Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV), has died at 53. Read article
  • 2 Military Veterans Help Other Vets Transition to Purposeful Civilian Life
    Next Avenue – Career transitions are hard for everyone, but the shift from military to civilian life can be particularly challenging. Soldiers coming back from the Vietnam War were too often treated as damaged goods by employers, according to research by Alair MacLean, sociology professor at Washington State University, it remains to be seen how...  […]
  • Retired Professor Offers $100K Matching Gift to Save Veterans’ Entrepreneurship Program
    UConn Today – United States Marine Corps veteran Tony Audette builds custom motorcycles for celebrities, business titans, and other enthusiasts who want a bike that’s unlike any other. His exclusive motorcycles sell for upwards of $130,000. After two years in business, Audette Motorcycles, in Canton, is thriving. Audette credits much of his business knowledge and...  […]

EBV: Helping Our Veterans