About Bunker Labs 2017-03-15T15:40:19+00:00

Who We Are

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in cities across the nation, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

We work to inspire, educate, and connect veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. Additionally our online platform, Bunker in a Box, gives active duty and veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses.

Our Mission

Inspiring veterans as leaders in innovation.

Bunker Labs was created to help military veterans start and grow businesses. There will be 200,000 service members coming off of active duty each year over the next five years, and 25% of them want to start a business. They need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, the resources, and the support that they need in order to start and grow their businesses. Bunker Labs network is designed to fill that space. 

What We Do

Inspire New Entrepreneurs

Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to attend our monthly Bunker Brews events. This program is designed to provide you with a mix of thought leadership, guest speakers, entrepreneurial pitches, and networking in a casual and relaxed environment. Contact your local Bunker Labs location for the date and time of their next Bunker Brews event.

For those not near a Bunker Labs location, we have developed Bunker in a Box, an entrepreneurial on-boarding program that can be completed in your own time, at your own pace, and from any location with internet access. This is a great option for active duty personnel getting ready for transition.

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Educate Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

Early-stage entrepreneurs are invited to apply for our Entrepreneurial Program for Innovation and Collaboration (EPIC). This 14-week evening course is specifically tailored to fit the schedules of busy professionals who have a desire to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. Participants in this course will experiment in a laboratory environment, where their ideas and business concepts can and will be put to the test. EPIC also includes valuable lessons from seasoned mentors and advisors, who have run organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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Connect Mentors

Mentorship is critical to our businesses’ success, and we invite veterans and non-veterans alike to consider serving as mentors. Our mentor pool allows our resident companies to learn from established and experienced entrepreneurs. Our diverse and wide network helps expand the reach of our companies. It also gives mentors the chance to get involved with and support interesting and exciting veteran-owned startup enterprises, and to become a part of the broader Bunker Labs community.

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2017 State of the Bunker: Where We Were + Where We’re Going

2016 was all about capacity building, expanding our network and developing a strong veteran-focused community. As we move into 2017 our focus will be on strengthening our 4 stage programming model, leveraging technology solutions to bring our community together and supporting our local chapters across the country.

In this video, CEO Todd Connor gives us a breakdown on all the amazing things that happened in 2016 and the progress we’re planning for 2017.

Our Leaders

Todd Connor
Todd ConnorCEO
Todd Connor is the CEO of The Bunker, and Co-Founder of Flank 5 Academy. A Navy veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), Todd has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sector. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Justin Walker
Justin WalkerExecutive Director of Chicago
A recognized leader and innovator with 12 years of extensive Naval Special Operations management. An inspirational and focused individual acknowledged for project management, curriculum development and exceptionally strong strategic planning.
Becca Keaty
Becca KeatyDevelopment Director
Becca Keaty is a 20-year retired veteran of the Army National Guard with extensive experience in corporate and non-profit strategic partnerships and development. Prior to joining the Bunker, she worked with the Tribune Media Group and co-founded the literacy social enterprise, Open Books. She holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
William Crane
William CraneCTO
William Crane attended DePaul University after serving in the US Air Force. As a Junior at DePaul, William designed, developed and launched a financially integrated social crowdfunding application with his brother Tom (USMC). William has strong technical knowledge, and demonstrates creative and innovative problem solving methods.
Devin Sizer
Devin SizerDevelopment Manager
Devin Sizer is an alumna of the Northwestern University Public Interest Fellowship Program with experience in non-profit management, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and research. Prior to joining the Bunker, she worked for the Military Academy High School network at Chicago Public Schools. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from Queen’s University Belfast.
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