A business incubator for Veteran-owned
and military spouse-owned startups

COMMIT TO GROWTH

Veterans in Residence is a business incubator that provides Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners with co-working space, local community, a national business network, and targeted support to grow their business.

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

Meet the Current Cohort

We at Bunker Labs are so proud to present our newest Veterans in Residence cohort, 22B! This cohort features 320 entrepreneurs across 35 cities and five virtual cohorts and is the largest we’ve ever had. We are so excited to go on this journey with our new entrepreneurs, so without further ado, Bunker Labs presents the Veterans in Residence 22B Cohort members. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

WHO

Veterans and military spouses who have launched a business and are ready to grow.

WHAT

A business incubator for early-stage startups and growth-oriented small businesses.

WHERE

A local WeWork Veterans in Residence coworking space or virtual space.*

WHEN

New cohorts launch every January and July. Each cohort runs for six months.

WHY

Gain a cohort of peers who hold each other accountable for business growth and success.
*If Veterans in Residence is offered in a 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.

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

The Veterans in Residence program prepped me on how to properly articulate my business idea in a pitch and in conversational networking. Bunker Labs helped put our organization on the map at a national level which led to sponsorships, grants and endless opportunities within the veteran community.

Robyn Grable

Founder & CEO, Veterans ASCEND

Thank you Bunker Labs for the incredible mentoring, support, connections, and ecosystem. Being in the Veterans in Residence program was precisely what my business needed to take flight!

James A. Samuel Jr.

Founder & CEO, AnjelTech

Since starting in Veterans in Residence, my business has grown from a couple of agents to 32 and we are set to have $1 Million dollars in revenue by the end of the year, which is our first full year of being in business… It’s been so great, as a startup, to have other people in the space to talk to. It’s been invaluable.

Nadia Anac

Owner, 1st Class Real Estate - Gulf to Bay

A benefit my company has gained since joining Veterans in Residence program is being connected to Veteran entrepreneurs, not just in DC, but across the country. We’ve also been connected to thought leaders and information through Bunker Online.

Harrison Floyd

Managing Partner, Commonwealth Holdings

My Veterans in Residence experience was filled with growth and self-development. It was the chance to take the next step forward in my entrepreneurial dreams with a community of folks to support me along the way.

Jay Sachetti

Founder, Bundl Home

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FAQ

FEATURED STARTUPS

IMPACT

89%

of Veteran-owned businesses reported accelerated business growth.

44%

of Veteran-owned businesses increased their run-rate revenue.

23%

of Veteran-owned businesses raised funding between months one and six.

Why Veterans in Residence?

There are many business incubators in the United States. There are few business incubators created by and for the veteran and military spouse 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.

See Past Cohorts

Program Timeline:

Month 1 (July & January)
Onboarding and orientation

Month 2-5
Weekly huddles
Monthly masterclass

Month 6 (June & December)
Capstone Event
Pitch Competition
Entrepreneur Showcase

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is eligible to participate in Veterans in Residence?
Veterans and military family members who have formed a legal business entity (an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or registered nonprofit).
Are nonprofit startup organizations eligible to apply?
Yes, provided they are registered as a legal entity and are growth-oriented.
What kind of commitment does the program require?
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

There is no Veterans in Residence cohort near me. Can I still apply?
Yes, there is a virtual cohort that brings together entrepreneurs from across the country who do not have a local cohort.
How big is each cohort?
Generally, participation ranges from 8-10 Veterans in Residence per city. Some virtual cohorts may have up to 12 Veterans
What is the difference between a virtual cohort and city-based cohorts that meet virtually?
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, some city-based programs are meeting virtually for the time being.

The virtual cohort provides program access to entrepreneurs who do not have a local option available and always meets virtually.

Are there any fees?
No.
Do Bunker Labs or WeWork make investments in cohort businesses?
No. Bunker Labs and WeWork do not make investments in participating businesses, nor do they facilitate external investments. However, there may be opportunities to connect with investors through program events. Bunker Labs also organizes periodic pitch competitions, and Veterans in Residence participants are invited to apply to pitch.
How are participants selected?
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.
Can teams apply, or is Veterans in Residence open only to individuals?
Teams are welcome to apply but only one representative from an entity is selected as the official program member. Cofounders can participate in monthly masterclasses and come as guests to the WeWork space, but they do not have full access to WeWork and do not participate in the weekly huddles.
Do all people on a team need to be military veterans or family members?
No, but at least one founder must be.
I was rejected from Veterans in Residence in the past. Can I apply again?
Yes. Please ensure you meet the qualifications, in particular, that you have formed a legal business entity.
What are other criteria of competitive candidates?
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
Can I be employed at my day job and still participate in Veterans in Residence?
Yes, as long as you 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.
Can I access the shared coworking space during the pandemic?
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.
What happens after the six months are done?
There are many possible paths: 

  • Apply to become a Veterans in Residence alumni captain. Alumni captains provide support for subsequent cohorts, drawing on their own experience as an entrepreneur and program participant. 
  • Apply to become a local Ambassador for Bunker Labs
  • Apply to join the CEOcircle program for more established founders and executives. 
  • There are also courses and workshop series for additional learning opportunities, local and national events, and a robust digital community.
What's the difference between Veterans in Residence and TechStars or Y Combinator?
TechStars and Y Combinator are startup accelerators, which means that they financially invest in all admitted startups in exchange for an equity stake. Veterans in Residence is an incubator, not an accelerator, and the most important distinction to note is that Bunker Labs does not make a financial investment in the admitted companies, nor does Bunker Labs take an equity stake.

There are some similarities between Bunker Labs and TechStars and Y Combinator, such as providing coworking space, a strong business network, and targeted resources, programming, and support to facilitate growth.

Do I have to be a start-up, or can I be a small business?
Small businesses with a focus on growth are welcome to apply!
Do I have to be earning revenue?
Yes. Applicants should have generated some revenue, but not more than $100,000, at the time of application. We recommend interested applicants that have not yet generated revenue start with Launch Lab Online or other courses and workshops to help move from idea to revenue before applying to Veterans in Residence.

Founding Partner

This program is made possible in part by USAA, Macy’s, & WeWork.