Here at Bunker Labs, we are so thrilled to see the recent surge in military veteran entrepreneurship. Our mission is to catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of the military experience to lead innovation in the American economy and to empower veterans as leaders in innovation.
Bunker Labs Realizes our Mission by:
- Connecting current and former military service members with thriving, diverse, relevant, and local networks.
- Educating by creating a laboratory environment for military service members to build and test new solutions for customers, veterans, and the American economy. Learn more.
- Inspiring with our online gamification platform. Sign up
As most of you know, we recently launched in the Bay Area in partnership with GSVlabs. We know that talent is evenly disbursed across the globe, but opportunity is not.
Bunker Labs’ portfolio companies have raised over $25 million in capital and realized over $17 million in revenue. We have seen first-hand how having a veteran as a co-founder can be part of a startup’s “unfair advantage.”
To inspire, educate, and connect the Bay Area with veterans, we recently partnered with Wells Fargo to hold a pitch event in San Francisco. We brought together veteran-led startups from all over the country to pitch to Wells Fargo senior executives with expertise in innovation, security, and their virtual accelerator. Several other VC and angel investors were on hand to see the best and brightest in veteran startups. Feedback was phenomenal, and we think you will agree.
If you want to meet more phenomenal veterans, come to our next event on December 6. It will be great for startups, investors, and advisors alike. We are hosting a “Mentor Madness Event” – a two-sided marketplace that will bring together investors, mentors, and advisors with the best veteran startups. To participate on either side reserve a spot here.
Great Veteran-Led Companies to Watch
Veteran CEO: Don Rector
Qwykr is a mobile application that helps companies save money on employee expense reports by increasing transparency of their ground transportation costs through its ground transportation scheduling software.
Veteran CEO: Blake Hall
ID.me’s Identity Gateway is designed to increase trust and efficiency in account opening and digital transactions.
Veteran CEO: Zach Scheel
Rhumbix provides a workforce telematics platform for construction, combining data entry in the field from smartphones with data analytics to improve labor productivity on project site.
Company: Simple Disability
Veteran CEO: Ted Stearns
Simple Disability has developed the very first and only end-to- end digital platform for individual disability insurance.
Veteran CEO: Larmine Zarrad
Tokken is a technology platform that extends banking services to cash intensive, un-bankable businesses.
Veteran CEO: Mike Potts
Docio is a real-time product portfolio intelligence and software development analytics solution, helping customers drive operational excellence to manage risk, accelerate growth, and deliver real business value through software
Veteran CEO: Mike McNerney
Efflux is a scalable solution, designed to automate cyber intrusion analysis and investigation. The goal is to bring greater automation and efficiency to incident response
Veteran CEO: Marcus Carey
vThreat allows organizations to find the systems most likely to be hacked and helps organizations mitigate the risk within the first 48 hours of discovery
Veteran CEO: Chris Rentner
Akouba provides an online digital onboarding platform that enables financial institutions to lend money to small businesses simply, efficiently, and profitably through an omni-channel experience.
INSPIRE. EDUCATE. CONNECT.
Founded in 2014, Bunker Labs is a national not-for- profit program. We believe veterans are our greatest national human asset, and we aim to inspire, educate, and connect transitioning service members and veterans as they seek to launch their own ventures. Our locations nationwide, including in the Bay Area, provide our members with programming and entrepreneurship classes, a support network of 500+ professionals, access to fundraising, and more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Author: Derek Distenfield is an Army veteran, serial entrepreneur, and the Executive Director of the Bunker Labs SF-Bay Area.