We are thrilled to welcome 100 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.

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.

Join us as we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and entrepreneurship, and welcome the newest members of Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program cohort 23D.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs

  • Jen Amos, The New Filipina 
  • Bea Bautista, Bautista Brands/Selling Security 
  • Dannis Fu, Bydannis 
  • Aubrey Hall, Town Hall Marketing 
  • Eric Infanti, I Got Your Six 
  • Jonathan Kim, ThumBrand 
  • Tony King, G-FORCE Parking Lot Striping of Jacksonville 
  • Tilak Kumar, ARUN GEMS INTERNATIONAL 
  • Jeff Marzo, In-State Advantage, LLC 
  • Kimberly Nguyen, Kimberly Nguyen 
  • Ron Parungao, RENEGADE AI 
  • Pina Shah, Pioneer, LLC 
  • Rei Sikora, Rei Sikora, LLC 
  • Jeffrey Tam, Pesce Lulu Seafood Kitchen 
  • Floramie Welch, Photon Aerial Tech 

Black Entrepreneurs

  • Marla Albertie, Truth Speaks Group, LLC 
  • Rosa Avant, True Mission Services 
  • Willie Bass, The WC Group 
  • Jerry Bell, JBJBusinessGroup Inc 
  • Donte Burney, Function Academy 
  • Terrance Chaplin, 2C Coffee and Tea 
  • Latoya Clark, Maylon Media 
  • Fred Dais, The Days Group 
  • Charmella Daniels, Bates & Boys Trucking, LLC 
  • Renee Dickerson, Victory Place 
  • Travis Dozier, T. DOZIER CONSULTING 
  • Rhonda Dula, DHS, Harrington & Associates 
  • Nyota Gordon, iHeartSox 
  • Eric Griffin, Be Fed Inc. 
  • Gigi Hamilton, Personal Enrichment Consulting Services 
  • Ron Hantz, Network for Developing Conscious Communities 
  • Rochelle Hemingway, SLAY To Success, LLC 
  • Leotis Hightower, The Real Men Talk 
  • Katisha Jallow, K Luv Culture, LLC 
  • Scotty Jones, Sterile Geeks VR Inc 
  • Raymond Kemp, KEMP SOLUTIONS 
  • Atien Kouassi, Rapha HomeCare 
  • Amy Lindsey, A Pleasant Space, LLC 
  • Ada Lindsey, Fit4Me Adult Daycare 
  • Jason Luntz, UrVoyce 
  • Omar Nelson, Slabulous BBQ Sauce 
  • Kourtney Perry, Privacy, LLC 
  • caleb Peters, Impact Brands Usa 
  • Pete Pinkston, Amandla IT Security Group, LLC 
  • Roxley Pratt, Ror Peace Enterprises, LLC 
  • Keeon Pullen, Scanventory 
  • Telisa Randle, Your Future Begins Here 
  • Teja Ray, T Ray Visions LLC. 
  • Claude Robinson, Onyx Strategic Partners, LLC 
  • Jeffrey Simmons, Millennial Styles 
  • Deidra Taylor, TaylorMade Forme, LLC 
  • Lanisha Taylor, The Color Agent 
  • Fredrick Thornton, phitrAi Corporation 
  • Priestley Williams, Vein Entertainment 
  • Matthew Williams, Taste Good Coffee 
  • Ellsworth Williams, Veterans Counseling Veterans Inc. 
  • Douglas Williams, Calico Sol 

Female Entrepreneurs

  • Nicole Anderson, Skyvoice, LLC 
  • Connie Baptiste, Manna From Heaven Catering 
  • Lindsey Beates, South Branch Outfitters 
  • AnnaMaria Bliven, Prosperity Pathways, LLC 
  • Lateefa Dawkins, The Parenting Cipher 
  • Wendy DeCesare, Career Capital Institute 
  • Nikkea Devida, Mindsonix, Inc. 
  • Carolyn Eagen, Kin Technologies, Inc. 
  • Beulah Floyd, American Oil Changers, LLC 
  • Zepora Folks Kirksey, Revive Nutrition 
  • Noreen Gordon, Mutual Interactive Xchange, LLC 
  • Piper Hill, Healing4Heroes 
  • Lisa Johansen, Retro Warrior Coffee 
  • Julie Kaczmar, Local Date Night, LLC 
  • Maryam Khazraee, Rxpharmacist 
  • Audry McHugh, Amazonian Warrior Foundation 
  • Latasha McNeil, The Varnadoe Group, LLC 
  • Lori Noonan, Capacity Builders 
  • Temi Onibokun, Temi Ajoke, LLC 
  • Christina Oyola, That Day Company: HerStory Unveiled 
  • Tess Partridge, At Home Ads Inc. 
  • Sara Pena, Dr. Stevie 
  • Kirsten Rivas, BYND Beauty 
  • CJ Scarlet, Badass Grandma Ventures 
  • Emilie Schario, Turbine 
  • Chelsey Thomas, Camouflage Perks 
  • Mariangela Walker, Guarantee Happiness, LLC 
  • Melissa Yates, Not established yet 

Hispanic & Latinx Entrepreneurs

  • Mabel Aguirre, Cadena Collective 
  • Alejandra Amegin, Culturus Consulting Firm 
  • Adam Arizaga, Sunny Side Ink 
  • Pedro Correa, Correa Cruises 
  • Martha Cressy, The Bookkeeping Asset, LLC 
  • Jasmin Cruz, MISSION VIRTUAL, LLC 
  • Kirsis Fradin, Soft Serve Succulents 
  • Kevin Herrera, Procurity.AI 
  • Maria Hidalgo, Maria Hidalgo 
  • Oscar Peña, NeatO Cleaning 
  • Christopher Ponce, LFGI Research & Development 
  • Katherine Ramirez, Golfing Buddy 
  • Yvonne Rivera, Cybermyte 
  • Ali Rodriguez, Chicago Landscape Company 
  • Maria Williams, Sweet Melao 

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, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., ADP, and Wells Fargo.

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!