Veterans launching startups is a pretty big thing these days. Techstars holds a Patriot Boot Camp, and several different agencies are trying to help veterans create their own businesses and bring their ideas to life.
That’s the idea behind Chicago’s Bunker incubator space which is part of the upcoming expansion at Chicago’s 1871 tech hub. The Bunker was announced back in June by 1871 CEO Howard Tullman along with Rahm Emmanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the Pat Tillman Foundation, reports DNAinfo Chicago.
Ridescout has been chosen as the Bunker’s first tenant. Ridescout is an app that helps users find the quickest or cheapest mode of transportation from point A to point B. The company debuted in SXSW’s accelerator two years ago.
Based in Austin, Ridescout was looking to take up residence in Chicago and 1871 and the Bunker are a perfect fit.
“RideScout has been a great 1871 supporter, even hosting their Chicago launch in our space,” 1871 CEO Howard Tullman said in a release Tuesday. “Today, we are excited to officially have them as part of our community and as the first company in the space that is focused on fostering jobs for veterans.”
Ridescout’s founding team is made up entirely of veterans and they plan to continue to hire veterans. They plan to add 3 or 4 veterans to their Chicago team where they app rolled out last month.
Bunker’s CEO Todd Connor is a US Navy veteran and is happy to welcome Ridescout as the space’s first tenant.
“Already, The Bunker is creating a community for veterans, their businesses, and the investor community that amplifies the potential of veterans to create and grow successful businesses,” Connor said. “We welcome RideScout to Chicago, 1871, and The Bunker.”
If you are a veteran looking to grow your startup in Chicago you can check out The Bunker here.