Break through systemic barriers to business success, together

WELCOME TO BREAKING BARRIERS

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Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship is a virtual program that facilitates business growth and support within Asian American & Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, 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.

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Meet the Current Cohort

We at Bunker Labs are so proud to present Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship cohort, 24A! This cohort features 80 Black, Asian, Latinx, and female entrepreneurs. We are so excited to go on this journey with our new entrepreneurs, so without further ado, Bunker Labs presents the Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship 24A cohort!

Breaking Barriers Black Entrepreneur Workshop Series at Bunker Labs exceeded my expectations. I was introduced to key professionals who wanted to see me “win”. I have no doubt that my business will thrive over the upcoming months as a direct result to be part of Bunker Labs. I am grateful for the opportunity. 

Anthony Cosby

Founder & CEO, STZY Socks

Breaking Barriers is a game changer for ANYONE who has the opportunity to participate. I love the opportunity provided to learn and grow with like minded entrepreneurs. I will continue to attend every opportunity provided AND share with others.

Tanya Russ

Founder, Classy Touch CHIC Boutique

Bunker Labs Breaking Barriers sessions were so powerful. You can take the lessons you learned and immediately put them into action to scale your business, not just theory. I can not say enough great things about this program!!

Marty Martinez

Founder, Joint Task Force 214

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Topics are curated for each cohort based on the most requested topics from applications to ensure the most relevant information is being covered. Topics are subject to change from cohort to cohort but often include the following:

01.

How to Obtain & Retain Your First Customers

02.

How to Build a Strong Network

03.

Sales Best Practices

04.

Accounting and Finance

05.

Branding and Marketing

06.

Funding Opportunities & Best Practices

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.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Program cohorts are formed by community group and meet the following days/times below:

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Entrepreneurs: Thursdays @ 1 pm CT
  • Black Entrepreneurs: Tuesdays @ 11 am CT
  • Female Entrepreneurs: Tuesdays @ 1 pm CT
  • Latinx Entrepreneurs: Thursdays @ 11 am CT

The Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship program offers three cohorts a year, so you can find a time that best fits your schedule.

If selected to participate, you must attend at least 50% of the program meetings to be considered an “alumni” of the program. If you miss more than 50% of the meeting times, you’ll be dropped from the program and removed from the online platforms. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

Veterans, military spouses, and military family members from Asian, Black, Latinx, and female entrepreneur 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 cohort or the Female Entrepreneur cohort, select both when applying.)

What kind of commitment does the program require?
Meet weekly virtually for one hour and connect with cohort members weekly offline for one hour.

If selected to participate, you must attend at least 50% of the program to be considered an “alumni” of the program. If you miss more than 50% of the meeting times, you will be dropped from the program and removed from online platforms.

The cohorts meet at the times below:

AAPI Cohort meets weekly on Thursdays at 1pm CST
Black Cohort meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11 am CST
Female Cohort meets weekly on Tuesdays at 1pm CST
Latinx Cohort meets weekly on Thursdays at 11 am CST

Is the program online or in-person?
The program is offered virtually and can be accessed from anywhere.
How many people participate in each cohort?
Generally, participation ranges from 10 to 20 people per cohort.
Are there any fees?
No fees, thanks to our generous partners that keep this program free.
Does 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 cohort 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, PwC Charitable Foundation, GM, and Macy’s.