Bunker Labs Entrepreneurs Talk About The Benefit Of The Veteran Focused Accelerator Program
We’ve been writing about the Bunker Labs the startup accelerator for veteran led startups since they opened their first location at Chicago’s 1817 in 2014. We’ve seen the organization grow since it was first announced by founder and CEO Todd Connor, along side Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn.
Bunker Labs has grown from one accelerator program in Chicago to 16 programs in cities across the country. They also host national events and are currently on a nationwide “Muster” tour. Their growth has been explosive to say the least and entrepreneurs at every one of their programs raves about it.
When we first learned about Bunker Labs we saw the clear value of the program but had preconceived ideas in our heads about 50-60 year old men who looked like Major Dad trying to create the next big technology for the Department of Defense. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Bunker Labs founders come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Men and women alike are turning to the organization to launch everything from food businesses, to digital advertising technologies and everything in between. That variety and diversity is a trend through every one of Bunker Labs’ programs, and evident at the Austin location, a city known for it’s diversity.
The Bunker Labs Austin startups feature a variety of startup ideas. The digital advertising technology referenced above, is a Bunker Labs Austin startup called Abraxas. There’s a woman led company creating extra large 3D printers that can print almost anything imaginable. As expected, there are companies that draw from their military experience, like a company called Sempulse that is revolutionizing mass casualty and multiple injury triage with IoT. There’s also a cyber security company that draws upon a decade of cryptography experience that “may or may not” have been learned in the Department of Defense.
But like any accelerator, their PR people and leadership team can spin whatever way they want. We wanted to get to the nitty gritty and “in the trenches” (you see what I did there), and talk to some of the entrepreneurs that participated in the Bunker Labs program. Check out the video above to see what they had to say about Bunker Labs’ Austin program. For more info visit bunkerlabs.org