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Our 2017 Innovator’s Academy is currently in session.

The Bunker Labs Madison “Innovator Academy” course is specifically tailored to fit the busy schedules of aspiring entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, including working professionals who want to “pressure test” and validate a business idea before disrupting full-time employment to pursue it.

The course will follow the same 14-session curriculum that helps an entrepreneur develop the talents and skills required to be successful. However, it is reformatted to 7 (longer) sessions every other Saturday at the request of entrepreneurs who want to commute to University Research Park in Madison to participate.

At least 10 individuals or teams with a business idea or existing business will be accepted into the accelerator program. It is free for military veterans or spouses and only $995 for non-veterans and companies that want to innovate their businesses or create new products and services.

The Innovator Academy will grant at least $45,000 provided by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) – intended to match angel investments as large as $10,000 – and scholarships from sponsors for legal, accounting, and other professional services.

Each session is led by a subject matter expert from a Bunker Labs sponsor and integrates peer-to-peer collaboration with classmates, mentors, and investors. Jonathon Horne, Managing Director, Idea Fund of La Crosse, will lead the first session – “Demystifying Investment Capital” – on Saturday, February 4th. The weekend format enabled an Apple iPhone executive in California, former Google Product Manager in Colorado, and Goldman Sachs Investment Advisor in Chicago to commute and teach in Madison, in addition to local angel/venture investors.

(Note: We don’t call it “EPIC” in Madison because the name gets confused with “Epic Systems” nearby – but it is the same program Bunker Labs runs in other cities.)

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Michael Ertmer
Michael ErtmerExecutive Director
Michael is an entrepreneur and experienced private equity, real estate, and startup executive who serves as an Advisor to Polco_us, PatriotBootCamp, and TheBunkerLabs. Captain Ertmer, U.S. Army (Ret.) served on active duty overseas and is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

After completing military service, Mr. Ertmer began a decade in Silicon Valley as a New Product Introduction Engineer, Product Manger, and Vice President of Business Development at KLA-Tencor Corporation (NASDAQ: KLAC), 3Com Corporation (NYSE: HPQ), and start-up acquired by E-Trade Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: ETFC).

Ertmer earned a B.S.E.E. Electrical & Computer Engineering from Marquette University on a Four-Year Army R.O.T.C. scholarship and studied Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Engineering. He is a native of Onalaska, WI, and resides in Madison.

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