CEOcircle powered by JPMorgan Chase provides networking, mentorship and master classes to growth-stage military-connected businesses. If you are interested in learning more about this program, visit our website, view the AMA with the CEOcircle team or review the FAQ’s below. Still have a question? Contact Applications close August 6.  

How did this partnership with Bunker Labs come about? 

Since its founding in 2014, Bunker Labs and JPMorgan Chase have fostered a long-standing relationship through their shared goal of empowering veteran-owned businesses. 

In 2019, JPMorgan Chase committed $3 million to help Bunker Labs establish chapters in all 50 states, and in 2016 committed $1.5 million to sponsor the Bunker Builds America tour.The CEOcircle program was the natural next step for us as we continue our journey to best connect military-connected businesses with the resources they need to thrive. 

What is the CEOcircle? 

The year-long program will provide military-connected businesses with targeted educational programming, networking via monthly group meetings, and financial expertise gained from a ten-week mentorship with JPMorgan Chase advisors 

To be eligible for the CEOcircle program, businesses must: 

  • Have at least one military-connected senior executive – defined as a military veteran or military spouse 
  • Operate within the Diversified Industries or Technology & Disruptive Commerce industries 
  • And have achieved an annual revenue of $5 million+, with high growth potential 

Participation in the CEOcircle program is free of charge, as is the application, which is open through August 6, 2021.

Is this a level up from the VIR Program or a new program all together? 

CEOcircle is a great next step for companies who have participated in Veterans in Residence program and reached a certain revenue threshold or are preparing for substantial growth. Bunker Labs currently facilitates industry specific cohorts including Consumer Packaged Goods, Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (2 groups) and Podcasts. Additionally, there are three geographically based programs in Tampa, Houston and Philadelphia. This cohort in partnership with JPMorgan Chase is a new opportunity for even later stage companies to increase our continuum of support for military connected entrepreneurs and pilot ways to increase corporate engagement with our community. 

What do the industry categories mean?  

You can find definitions on the program webpage. As an overview: 

  • TDC – People using technology to disrupt an industry – Falls into a few different categories. Companies that are using technology to disrupt a tradition industry and technology is foundational to what the company is doing.  
  • Diversified Industries – A little more traditional type of company. These are supply service, manufacturing companies and government contractors.  

How do I know if my company fits into one of the industries?  

The industry verticals are intentionally broad. When in doubt, please apply

I was at the revenue criteria before COVID – but I’m not now? Should I still apply.  

You should absolutely apply. The pandemic has affected all businesses and this program is an opportunity for companies to reach their future goals and potential. We encourage you to apply to the program, so that you can take advantage of the opportunity.  

What are the follow up steps after I apply? 

We will notify finalists, via email, in early September. After notification, there will be an onboarding and information-gathering process to prepare selected participants for the November in-person launch.  

When will I hear if I’m accepted into the program?  

We will email notifications for both accepted and non-accepted applications by the first week of September. 

What if I’m not accepted into the program?  

All applications will be saved / filed and we will notify you of future CEOcircle opportunities. You will also receive communications throughout the year about different program and engagement opportunities 

What are the various aspects of the program?  

There are three main components of the program. The virtual monthly 90-minute “huddles” are facilitated by Bunker Labs staff and include a proven and tested framework to help a program group leverage their brain trust to solve company challenges and make progress towards their goals. The four in-person fly-in forums will be a full day of educational programming and include  for networking. And lastly, a 10-week advisor opportunity at the end of the program where you are matched one-on-one with an industry advisor from JPMorgan Chase to help problem solve specific pain points identified throughout the year long program.  

What can I expect to get out of the program? 

Our cohort experience is driven by its members and supported by Bunker Labs and JPMorgan Chase.  

At the first fly-in forum and launch in November 2021, you will set a goal and commitment for the year-long program. Some examples would be rolling out a challenging initiative, reaching a new level of growth, solidifying a new partnership or whatever will help your organization succeed. 

Each month, you will report back to the group and share what you accomplished since the  last meeting and confirm what your commitment will be for the following month as you work towards your company goals and objectives. The facilitator and other members will provide support and accountability as you work toward that goal. 

Does acceptance into the program guarantee fundraising of any kind?  

This program does not include any type of funding. We hope that the progress and goals you accomplish during the program will move your company forward to reach follow-on goals like future fundraising efforts. This program will amplify your network and acumen to grow your business.  

What is the time commitment of the program? 

Participants will have 9 monthly 90-minute meetings. In addition to the monthly meetings, the program will consist of 4 in-person fly-in forums Nov 2, 2021; Feb 3, 2022, June 8, 2022 and Nov 3, 2022 in various locations around the US, including Washington DC and Dallas, TX. The fly-in forums will include an evening social event followed by a full day of programming that will include breakout sessions, high profile speakers and intentional facilitation.  

Am I required to attend the in-person sessions?  

If you are accepted into the program and confirm participation, attendance is required all four fly-in forums happening around the country Nov 2, 2021; Feb 3, June 8, and Nov 3, 2022. Some locations include Washington DC and Dallas TX.  

What am I responsible for financially during the program? 

As the participant, you will cover travel and lodging for each fly-in forum. Once you arrive, food and refreshments will all be provided throughout the event. We will have discounted room rates at a hotel near the venue in the form of a room block. 

When will I know the schedule of all the meetings and in-person fly-ins?  

The in-person fly-in forum dates can be accessed on the website. The dates are November 2, 2021; February 3, 2022; June 8, 2022; and November 3, 2022. The monthly virtual meetings will occur at the same time every month for your group. The time of these meetings will be shared with you if you are a finalist.  

What other documentation should I prepare in case I am a finalist/selected? 

If you are selected as a finalist for the program, to confirm participation we will ask you to provide tax filing information for your company, as well as conduct a background check. These pieces of documentation and information are to protect the integrity of the program and the trust among fellow cohort members. Additionally there will be an intake form to gather general information. All information will be kept confidential and only published in aggregate unless requested by the participant. Information that would be made public with participant approval is their name, biography and basic company information.  

What happens if I withdraw from the program or can’t make a session? Can I send someone in my place? 

All program sessions and events are required. If something unexpected happens that prevents you from attending, please notify us as soon as possible and we will work with you. Companies will not be able to send a substitute participant to meetings and events. 

Apply Today

Dedicate the next year to accelerating your business with mentorship from JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, educational in-person fly-in forums and peer-to-peer connections with CEOs from around the United States, including the opportunity to hear from Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. The first-of-its-kind CEOcircle program will help you solve pressing business issues while providing you with a network of like-minded, military-connected business leaders. 

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