Bunker Labs and JPMorgan Chase Empower Veteran Entrepreneurs with Bunker Builds America Tour
$1.5 million grant supports national expansion of nonprofit supporting active-duty military and Veteran entrepreneurs
In conjunction with National Small Business Week and Columbus Startup Week, JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a two-year, $1.5 million commitment to Bunker Labs, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports early phase Veteran-owned startups. The new grant enables the launch of the Bunker Builds America Tour, a 10-month series of events to be held across the country showcasing local Veteran entrepreneurs and heralding new chapters of Bunker Labs.
Veterans interested in starting or growing small businesses in or near Bunker Builds cities will gain access to resources, programs and curriculum designed to translate military experience into starting sustainable and scalable businesses.
Jennifer Piepszak, CEO, Chase Business Banking
Following World War II, roughly 50 percent of returning Veterans started a business. Today approximately 25 percent of post-9/11 Veterans state they want to start a business, yet less than 10 percent of small businesses are actually owned by Veterans.
Bunker Labs is working to present entrepreneurship as a viable post-service opportunity. Launched in 2014 by Navy Veteran Todd Connor, Bunker Labs helps meet the unique needs of Veteran entrepreneurs by providing training, workspace, access to investors and mentors, and a peer-to-peer learning environment.
Todd Connor, CEO, Bunker Labs
Launch of Bunker Labs Columbus
Piepszak joined Connor for a morning event at Columbus Startup Week to announce the launch of the tour, meaningful in part because Columbus will be home to a new Bunker Labs chapter in 2016. Bunker Labs Columbus will be headquartered in the Rev1 Ventures complex.
Tom Walker, CEO, Rev1 Ventures
Programming will launch in late 2016, but local veteran entrepreneurs will have access to Rev1’s monthly founder programming and First Connect network to connect with resources in legal, HR, accounting, marketing and more.
Bunker Builds America Tour Schedule
|Bunker Builds City||Date|
|Columbus, Ohio*||5/05/2016May 05, 2016|
|Chicago||5/12/2016May 12, 2016|
|Nashville, Tenn.||6/28/2016June 28, 2016|
|Kansas City, Miss.||9/21/2016September 21, 2016|
|Raleigh-Durham, N.C.||9/22/2016September 22, 2016|
|Madison, Wis.||9/30/2016September 30, 2016|
|Austin, Texas||10/08/2016October 08, 2016|
|Jacksonville, Fla.||11/05/2016November 05, 2016|
|Philadelphia||11/11/2016November 11, 2016|
|Washington||12/08/2016December 08, 2016|
|Seattle*||2/23/2017February 23, 2017|
|Los Angeles*||3/23/2017March 23, 2017|
*indicates new Bunker Labs location