Bank of America donates $10,000 to veterans entrepreneurship program

Bank of America check presentation
Above, left to right: Mahmoud El Hamamsy, VLV faculty member; Timur Pakay, director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Eric Mason, senior vice president of Bank of America; Daniel Wischnevsky, dean of undergraduate programs in the Silberman College of Business; and Alan Levitan, VLV mentor coordinator.

By Timur Pakay

October 19, 2017 — Bank of America recently awarded Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Veterans Launching Ventures program with a $10,000 grant of support. Part of FDU’s Silberman College of Business, the certificate program provides veterans with the skills and support they need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch a successful small business or nonprofit.

In a check presentation ceremony at the Florham Campus, Eric Mason, senior vice president at Bank of America, noted how impressed he is with the impact the program has had, and said how important it is for Bank of America to prioritize helping veterans. More than 200 veterans have graduated from the program since its inception in 2010.

Combining in-person instruction with online education and active mentorship, Veterans Launching Ventures helps veterans develop the skills to build their own businesses and organizations. For more information about Veterans Launching Ventures, visit or email