Entrepreneurship has always been a challenging and rewarding journey, but it can be even more difficult for members of underrepresented communities. That’s why Bunker Labs, created Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program to provide resources, mentorship, and community to minority veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs.

We are thrilled to welcome 65 Black, AAPI, Latinx, and female entrepreneurs from across the United States. These entrepreneurs are joining a community of passionate and innovative individuals who are breaking down barriers and creating solutions to today’s business problems.

Join us as we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and entrepreneurship, and welcome the newest members of Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program cohort 23C. Click here to learn more about each entrepreneur.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs

  • Michael Jacobson, Tactical Animal Rescue Unit 
  • Farrakh Khawaja, Old Dogs New Tricks Blockchain Corp 
  • Anita Joshi, Chai Five Organics 
  • Raya Arbiol, Thrive Consulting 
  • Joy Patton, Silver Hair Confidence Coach 
  • Stephiney Foley, Yuzi 

Black Entrepreneurs

  • David Henry, Keystone 69 
  • Keith Tademy, JAERIMY Inc. 
  • Tari Ham, TherapeuticLiving, PLLC 
  • Charles Stokes, Debbies Doors, LLC 
  • Latonya Bolling, Tonya Bee’s 
  • Kahlil Lindsey, Majestic7clothing 
  • Nyota Gordon, Transition365 Property Soulutions 
  • Dana Young-Askew, Connection Point Services, LLC 
  • Yusuf Henriques, IndyGeneUS AI 
  • Carey Reddick II, ACD Group 
  • Boluwatife Daodu, ACTIVMO 
  • Katherine Rose, Luxury Help Line 
  • Meosha Thomas, Snow Fabulous Cones 
  • Wanda Petty, SHE VET Creative Network 
  • Joshua Moten, NailSent, LLC 
  • Stanford Anderson, Amazing Dream Homes, LLC 
  • Bobby Posey, Campaign Covid-free Communities 
  • Jasmine Paul, The Wealth Playground 
  • Alton Weekes, Cellful Organics 
  • Genie Dawkins, The Parenting Cipher 
  • Afrika Williams, NIA Worx Talent Development 
  • Jerry Williams, Elite Photoz 
  • Kim Cross, ZHI BATH AND BODY 
  • Jasmine Motupalli, The Data Love Co. 
  • Carlton James, Providr LLC 
  • Dewayne Kimble, KMD89 VA Claims Consulting 
  • Rebecca Wilson, Riveting Wellness Cosmetic Solutions and Training Institute, LLC 
  • LaHarold Woodhouse, iGolf4VETS, Inc. 
  • Hyacinth Tucker, The Laundry Basket, LLC 
  • Donna Whitaker, Sew Chic Fabrics and Crafts 
  • Jeremy Spratling, Corporate Facilities Management, Inc. 
  • Latoya Clark, Maylon Media 

Female Entrepreneurs

  • Marie Bailey, Mortgage Me Free 
  • Marvina Brown, Belle Ju Spa 
  • Tanesha Simon, Goddess Fleet Trucking 
  • Crystal Jordan, Joy Travel Inc. 
  • Elecisha Pope-Bradford, Rhoyal Distinction, LLC 
  • Christie Rankins, Redress Lives In Logistics, Inc. 
  • Kamekio Lewis, Career Concepts 
  • Kenji Ono Mundy, TaraKenji Photography 
  • Harriet Sims, Hair Therapy Studio, LLC 
  • Renee Dickerson, Victory Place 
  • Denise Knowles, The DUE Over Coach Denise Knowles 
  • Ramona Pozek, Access to Creative Expression 
  • Laura Hatcher, Laura Hatcher Photography 
  • Nisa Pottinger, NisaCreates 
  • Maria Luque, Fitness In Menopause 
  • Kelley Frable, Kelleys’ Picture Framing 
  • Aleha Ingle, Work Culture Works 
  • Kailah Murry, Leadership Enrichment Group 
  • Eldonna Fernandez, Baskets and Beads Kenya 
  • Sheila Buswell, Buswell Biomedical Inc. 

Hispanic & Latinx Entrepreneurs

  • Alejandro Diaz, Xcelerant Marketing Solutions 
  • Oscar Gracia, Grace HealthPros, LLC 
  • Victoria Ochoa, Victoria Ochoa Social Media Consulting 
  • Dr. Anita Miranda, Miranda’s Creative’s, LLC 
  • Carlos Carpio, Healthy Nourishments 2 Go 
  • Erika Mendoza-Montez, Lotus Craft Co Texas 
  • Carlos Rodriguez, Parachute Group 
  • Oscar Cruz, Lil Bit of Learning, LLC 

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship Program

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship is an 8-week virtual program that facilitates business growth and support within AAPI, Black, Latinx, and female veteran and military spouse communities. The program is designed to create an immediate impact for early to growth-stage businesses by providing access to business tools, resources, capital opportunities, mentorship, and a stronger peer network. Learn more about the program or fill out an interest form for future application windows here. A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this program cohort possible: PwC Charitable Foundation, General Motors, Macy’s, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and ADP.

Bunker Labs is Now Part of IVMF

As of January 2024, Bunker Labs is now a part of Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). In addition to ongoing Bunker Labs programming, we’d encourage you to browse IVMF’s deep wealth of entrepreneurship programming, much of it available virtually or at locations across the country. Find the program to help your business take the next step today!