Veterans gain critical business experience at Purdue

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities finished its ninth year on Purdue's campus this week.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 12:33 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 12:33 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities finished its ninth year on Purdue's campus this week.

The program is hosted by the Krannert School of Management and members of Discovery Park at Purdue. Purdue's goal is to help the veterans.

The EBV invited 23 veterans to campus this year. Courses last from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. over the course of nine days. Professors from
Krannert give the veterans full access for questions and activities during the classes.

Graduates of the EBV program receive similar benefits to students including access to the school's libraries.

Local veteran Dom Oto says the professors in the program taught him to transfer his skills from service to civilian life.

"Knowing how to organize, how to plan, how to lead people, how to be on time, that your word is your bond, that those skill sets that you learned in the Army would also make you a great small business owner or entrepreneur and we want to show you how to do that," Oto said.

Some veterans who have completed the program have gone on to start successful businesses nationwide.

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