How to get involved

The easiest way to get involved with Bunker Labs is through your local community and the easiest way to do that is through Bunker Brews, which is a high impact speaker series and networking event to get you in front of the right people at the right time.

You will connect with your city’s top leaders, gain actionable insights, and take your career or company to the next level.

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Upcoming Events in Rapid City, SD

Programs for Veterans




Launch Lab Online

Launch Lab Online gives you tools you need to make your idea a reality. This all-online educational platform is a gamified, interactive way to get an entrepreneurship education – from anywhere in the world, on your time, at your own pace.

Veterans in Residence

For veterans and military families who have started a business, the WeWork Veterans in Residence program provides veterans space, services, and a community they need to find their tribe and create their life’s work.


A continuum of support for Bunker Labs companies that have displayed higher level growth and traction. This group has a separate set of needs from those in the ideational phase, and the CEOCircle operates to serve those needs.

Bunker Labs Local Leadership Team

Reach out to our team directly for assistance with all program-related inquiries.

City Leader

John Schneider

John Schneider is the Founder/Owner of Dakota Optics and Dakota Gun Cleaners. He is a retired Chief Warrant Officer Four that served in the U.S. Army and South Dakota Army National Guard.

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City Leader

Mitch Nachtigall

Client Manager, Ascent Innovation – Fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem to ensure start-ups and small businesses succeed in this fast-paced world – 20-year veteran and active member of the SD National Guard.

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City Leader

David Kneafsey

Servant leader, historian and master parachutist, intelligence community expert, outdoors-enthusiast, entrepreneur and Rapid City, SD – City Leader

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We are always looking for skill-based volunteering to help better our programming and events. We would love to work with you.