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Bunker Labs Jacksonville

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Our Programs

Are you ready to be EPIC?

The Jacksonville Application for the EPIC program application is now Live!!!
The program launches October 18th and runs through January 3rd. Do not miss this chance to be part of a carefully developed program that will help build your ability to function as business and market your product or service innovation. Training in marketing, management, leadership, and funding are just a few of the key skills that will be focused on over the 14-week program.

Take your business to the next level with fellow veteran entrepreneurs in an environment that fosters innovation and collaboration with Bunker Labs.

The application deadline is October 11th, 2016. 

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Our Startup Bootcamp is 12 weeks of awesome instruction delivered by people in the startup space to bring your organization to the next level. It culminates with a demo day to the community.

Join Our Meetup Group We would be honored to meet you if you are a military veteran that is starting a business, is interested in starting one, or has a company or work experience that you desire to share with others. If you are not in the military or never have been but have something to offer veteran-owned startups, small businesses, and others we would love to meet you too.

Bunker Labs Jacksonville is now located at LEVEL

Level Office is the entrepreneur friendly home of Bunke Labs Jacksonville. Located at 25 North Market Street the office sits near the Downtown Elbow a center of culture and commerce in Jacksonville area. As a successful startup, Level Office in Jacksonville is seeking to become an entrepreneurial cornerstone for Jacksonville and is partnering with Bunker Labs Jacksonville in order to be a transformative innovation game changer for the Jacksonville veteran community

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Bunker Labs Jacksonville
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Executive Director
John Fails
john.fails@bunkerlabs.org

Bunker Labs Jacksonville
25 N Market St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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John Fails
John FailsExecutive Director
John served with US Army in the 2/325th Scout Platoon HHC in the 82nd Airborne Division. He served as a Light Infantry Scout Radio Operator for a Sniper Team serving in the Initial invasion of Iraq. After this deployment John was honorably discharged having received commendations for his service including the Combat Infantry Badge, 2 Army Commendation Medals, a National Service Medal, and other awards of distinction.

John founded his own construction startup doing J&J Drywall Sanding after his military service and was taking an increasing number of contracts, but liquidated his assets prior to the mortgage crisis in 2007 concerned about the possibility of the severe decline that seemed inevitable and was unfortunately proven to be right.

Following John’s liquidation of his business assets he pursued his bachelor degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from the University of North Florida to find ways to assist veterans using organizational structures. While there he was a Founder and Secretary of the UNF Student Veterans Association, the Army Military Ambassador for the Military and Veteran Resource Center, the Vice President of the Omega chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society), and the Vice President of the UNF Model United Nations team.

After completing his degree program, John became an Americorps member by joining Teach For America. After completing his Americorps Service obligation John returned to UNF to pursue his Graduate Degree in Public Administration with a concentration of Nonprofit Management. John then decided to continue his service to the community by becoming a Military Engagement Manager for HandsOn Jacksonville and Points of Light.

During his time at HandsOn Jacksonville while building a sustainable network of military contacts for the organization he discovered Bunker Labs, and as a former entrepreneur was quickly able to recognize the value it added to the community for veterans. After meeting with Derek Destenfield he was offered a position and immediately took the opportunity to serve veteran entrepreneurs in Jacksonville by helping them realize their innovative potential.

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Nathaniel CrockerProgram Director
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