Bunker Labs has announced that it has been selected as a grant recipient to form the first-ever Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network, an alliance of organizations that will bring the voices of entrepreneurs to policy debates at the state level.
Bunker Labs is one of six entrepreneurial support organizations selected from an invitation-only nationwide RFP process. The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network seeks to remove barriers to new business creation and entrepreneurial success by improving public policy at the state level. Applicants included nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide technical assistance, access to finance, education and other resources to entrepreneurs.
“This first-ever Kauffman policy advocacy RFP drew strong interest among entrepreneur support organizations,” said Jason Wiens, policy director at the Kauffman Foundation. “Bunker Labs recognizes the role public policy can play in removing barriers to entrepreneurship so that more makers, doers and dreamers can pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.”
Among other actions, grant recipients will:
- Identify state policies that inhibit entrepreneurship,
- Educate policymakers about the impact of those policies in erecting barriers to
- Build support for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship generally, and
- Facilitate informational interactions between policymakers and entrepreneurs.
“This grant will support Bunker Labs’ efforts to educate state and local policymakers about the needs, challenges and opportunities military veteran entrepreneurs have, leveraging our nationwide network and local presence in 13 states to compare best practices,” said Bunker Labs CEO Todd Connor. “More than 200,000 service members transition off of active duty every year, and 1 in 4 of them want to start their own business. Policymakers frequently seek the Bunker’s advice on how to better facilitate entrepreneurship among veterans and military spouses. Through this grant, Bunker Labs will assemble comprehensive information to answer these questions, and provide our nationwide team with toolkits and peer-to-peer training to empower them to advocate for military veteran and spouse entrepreneurs in their states.”
Entrepreneurs are the beating heart of the American economy, but they typically are too
busy building their businesses to make their voices heard in public policy, resulting in
more barriers to new business creation and waning business startup rates. The
Kauffman Foundation is forming the Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network to bring the voices
of entrepreneurs to policy debates by empowering the support organizations that
The Entrepreneurs’ Policy Network is part of the Kauffman Foundation’s Zero Barriers
movement, which seeks to identify and remove barriers to new business creation.
About Bunker Labs
Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Chicago and built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans to start and grow businesses. Through local chapters organized in cities across the U.S., Bunker Labs provides educational programming, industry experts, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans succeed and thrive as entrepreneurs.
About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.