Break through systemic barriers to success, together

WELCOME TO BREAKING BARRIERS

Powdered by:

Wells Fargo

Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship is a virtual workshop series that facilitates business growth and support within Asian, Black, Latinx, and female veteran and military spouse communities.

The eight-week 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.

The workshop series helped me organize my business and set attainable goals. I’ve been able to apply for grants, increase sales, and connect with other like-minded individuals. The instructors helped me own an abundant mindset and apply it to my business.

Kim DeFiori

Author and Founder, Lessons from Thor

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

01.

All About First Customers

02.

Build a Strong Network

03.

Sales

04.

Accounting and Finance

05.

Branding and Marketing

06.

Legal

07.

IT and Operations

08.

Human Capital Management and Human Resources

WHY BREAKING BARRIERS

Representation matters, especially in the entrepreneurship world. Through the power of community and connection, we aim to break the barriers that our society has created for entrepreneurs of historically underserved communities.

ANNUAL WORKSHOPS

Workshops are formed by community group: 

  • Asian Entrepreneur Workshop Series 
  • Black Entrepreneur Workshop Series 
  • Female Entrepreneur Workshop Series 
  • Latinx Workshop Series 
  • Black Entrepreneur Government Contracting Workshop Series

New workshop series launch every quarter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the workshop series?
Veterans and military spouses from Asian, Black, Latinx, and female veteran and military spouse communities.
What if I identify as more than one of the listed demographics?
You are welcome to apply based on the community you most strongly identify with, or to indicate if you are open to joining more than one workshop. (I.e., If you are interested in joining either the Black Entrepreneur Workshop Series or the Female Entrepreneur Workshop Series, select both when applying.)
Do you have to be an existing member of the Bunker Labs community to apply?
Yes.
What kind of commitment does the program require?
Meet weekly virtually for one hour and connect with cohort members weekly offline for one hour.
Where are the workshops offered?
Workshops are offered virtually and can be accessed from anywhere.
How many people participate in each workshop series?
Generally, participation ranges from 10 to 20 people per workshop.
Are there any fees?
No.
Do Bunker Labs make investments in cohort businesses?
No, but we encourage businesses to seek the right resources for investments, and we share a monthly grant and opportunity resource list with workshop participants.
How are participants selected?
Based on having a clear vision and foundation for their business and a desire to be more strongly connected to their respective community.
Do I need to be a military veteran to apply?
No, participants can be either veterans, military spouses, caretakers, or direct family members.
I was rejected in the past. Can I apply again?
Absolutely!
What are other criteria of competitive candidates?

We look for participants with: 

  • A business plan
  • Branding
  • Website
  • The ability to articulate your business.

We also seek entrepreneurs who believe in the power of connection, collaboration, and working as a team. 

Presenting PARTNERs

This program is made possible in part by Macy’s, Ebay Foundation, & Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo