Veterans in Residence is a business incubator that propels military-connected startups forward.

Applications close April 15, 2021. Cohort 2021-B launches Jul 1, 2021.

Build your life’s work.

Veterans in Residence is a six-month startup incubator that provides veteran and military family member entrepreneurs with a community, a national business network, and resources to grow their business.

Veterans in Residence is a partnership of WeWork and Bunker Labs.

Meet Veterans in Residence Alumni.

Hear from Veterans in Residence alumni as they describe the experience and where their business journeys have taken them.

Randy Sarmiento
Founder & CEO, Eagle 1 CPR

Mike Steadman
Founder & CEO, Ironbound Boxing

Nancy Preston
Founder & CEO, Milk Money Kitchens

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Founder & CEO, Gracefully Global

Kevin Walker
Founder and CEO, Turtlewise

What will your story be?

Program Overview.

Who: Military veterans and military family members who have launched a business and are ready to grow

What: A six-month business incubator provided through a partnership of WeWork and Bunker Labs

Where: A local WeWork Veterans in Residence coworking space or virtual space*

When: New cohorts launch in January and July

Why: Gain a community of peers who hold each other accountable, plus a nation-wide business network, access to business resources and mentors, and WeWork membership benefits—all with a laser focus on business growth and success

*If Veterans in Residence is offered in location without a WeWork, a local coworking space will provide the same or fundamentally similar space. Some cohorts are offered entirely virtually to provide access to entrepreneurs without a local cohort. 

Why Veterans in Residence?

There are many business incubators in the United States. There are few business incubators created by and for the military-connected entrepreneur community. 

When you join Veterans in Residence, you have more than an entrepreneurial endeavor in common—you have a common ethos, shaped by a common experience.

Hit the ground running with a community that never gives up, no matter the challenge.

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Program Timeline.

Month 1

Onboarding and Orientation
Weekly Huddles

Months 2-5

Weekly Huddles
Monthly Masterclasses

Month 6

Pitch Competition
Capstone Event and Entrepreneur Showcase

Program Benefits.

Local & Global Network.

Veterans in Residence gain access to WeWork’s digital Member Network, a global community of 268,000+ professionals in 77+ cities, plus Bunker Labs’ national network of military veteran and military family member entrepreneurs, small business owners, and supporters.

Veterans in Residence collaborates with local and national leaders to organize monthly professional and social events, bringing together members of local veteran and business communities.

Community Events.

Community Spotlight.

Veterans in Residence cohort members receive exclusive invitations to be featured in certain events and programs, such as pitch competitions and entrepreneurship showcases. Veterans in Residence cohort members are also invited to apply to join additional peer groups, including founder roundtables. While in the program, entrepreneurs are featured in the Veterans in Residence Lookbook and may have their companies featured on Bunker Labs’ platforms.  

Throughout the program, cohorts will work through a startup deployment checklist, with segments focusing on customer discovery, sales, marketing, accounting, HR, mentorship, and more. It’s up to the cohort to move through the checklist together and leverage the resources at their disposal, including within the cohort, the Bunker Labs community, the WeWork community, Veterans in Residence alumni, and guest speakers.

Roadmap & Resources.

Leadership Opportunities.

One person from each cohort will serve as a squad leader to facilitate the weekly huddles. After the six months are over, alumni may be invited to serve as Alumni Captains to serve as resources for future cohorts. Some alumni have also become Bunker Labs city ambassadors, connecting people in the community and building the local network.

Fully sponsored WeWork workspace for six months and full WeWork member benefits. (Access  is contingent on public safety guidelines.)

Sponsored Workspace.

Veteran's Quarters.

Veterans in Residence are granted access to uniquely designed lounge and meeting spaces for mentorship, networking, and special events. (Access is contingent on public safety guidelines.)

FAQ.

A: Veterans and military family members who have formed a legal business entity (an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or registered nonprofit).

A: Yes, provided they are registered as a legal entity and are growth oriented. 

A: Cohort participants are required to:

  • Attend onboarding and orientation meetings
  • Attend weekly huddles with their cohort
  • Attend monthly masterclasses in business topics
  • Adhere to WeWork Community Guidelines

Note: Meetings and masterclasses are currently held virtually due to COVID-19.

A: Yes, there is a virtual cohort that brings together entrepreneurs from across the country who do not have a local cohort.

A: Generally, participation ranges from 8-10 Veterans in Residence per city. Some Virtual cohorts may have up to 12 Veterans

A: Cities that have existing Veterans in Residence programs typically work out of the same physical coworking space, share a Veterans Quarters and meeting spaces, and regularly meet in-person. Due to COVID-19, many of these city-based programs are meeting virtually for the time being. The virtual cohort exists to provide program access to entrepreneurs who do not have a local option available, and always meets virtually. 

A: No. Bunker Labs and WeWork do not make investments in participating businesses, nor do they facilitate external investments. There may be opportunities to connect with investors, however, through program events.

A: There is a tiered selection process, with the first round of screening conducted blind to help reduce unconscious bias and ensure a diverse cohort of qualified businesses. Entrepreneurs who advance from the first round will be contacted and interviewed. Candidates will be notified if they have or have not been selected for a cohort.

A: Teams are welcome to apply but only one representative from an entity will be selected to officially be in the program. Co-founders can participate in monthly masterclasses and come as guests to the WeWork space but will not have full access to WeWork and will not participate in the weekly huddles.

A: Yes. Please ensure you meet the qualifications, in particular, that you have formed a legal business entity.

A: We look for: 

  • Revenue that is greater than zero but below $100,000 per year
  • A clear vision for the product or service offered
  • An understanding of specific challenges the business faces

A: Yes, as long as you still have the capacity to focus on growing your business, the flexibility to attend weekly required meetings, and ability to be an active, engaged cohort participant, such as in virtual forums and group chats. It can be a lot to juggle, but many have done it and succeeded—to the point that they’ve quit their day job halfway through.

A: Refer to local guidelines. Each location has its own protocol based on a combination of city, state, and federal regulations. If your location is open for in-person coworking, we urge you to follow safety protocols at all times. If your location is not open for in-person coworking, meetings will be held virtually or outdoors, local weather permitting. 

Locations .

Atlanta

Austin

Bay Area

Boston

Charlotte

Chicago

Columbus

Dallas

Denver

Detroit

Houston

Las Vegas

Los Angeles

Nashville

Philadelphia

NYC

Phoenix

Raleigh

Rapid City

San Diego

Seattle

Tampa

D.C.

Virtual

89%

of veteran owned businesses reported that Veterans in Residence accelerated their business growth.

44%

of veteran owned businesses increased their run-rate revenue

23%

of veteran owned businesses raised funding between Months 1 and 6