It’s not every day that you get an opportunity to work for an accelerator. What’s even more special is the accelerator, Bunker Labs, targets early-stage veteran-owned startups. That’s why I’m proud to announce that I will be joining Bunker Labs DC as Managing Director.
Being raised, educated and employed in Washington, DC I’ve witnessed this city’s transformation from a Government town into a thriving tech startup ecosystem. About 79 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech. Having the opportunity to intern and work at formidable VCs in DC and even scaling my own startup to exit, I’ve come to realize that working at an accelerator has always been the dream. As an undergrad, I never knew how to answer the question of what I wanted to do when I “grew up”, but I knew who I wanted to associate with, entrepreneurs.
Bunker Labs DC’s mission is to integrate military veterans into the greater business ecosystem by launching sustainable and scalable startups. We offer three primary series over a 21-week program: education, mentorship and access to capital. Bunker Labs DC will build upon our national network of more than 500 global leaders and industry partners, and access to partners. There also couldn’t be a better time for a startup to matriculate into an accelerator. 1/3 of U.S. startups that raised a Series A in 2015 went through an accelerator.
February 3rd marked the Spring 2016 cohort class of 15 tech-enabled startups. To give you a visual of the growth occurring at Bunker Labs, the inaugural cohort this past Fall had seven startups on campus. The new cohort is targeting large markets with potential for serious growth such as: wellness tech, medical wearables, cyber security, entertainment and social networking, human resource transformation, food tech, international services.
Being the grandson of a Tuskegee airman and the son of an entrepreneur who served in the Army, I truly appreciate the sacrifices given by military service alumni. Bunker Labs DC’s drive for supporting veteran-founders can’t be possible without the tremendous leadership of Emily McMahan (veteran), Mary Iafelice (Marine Corps spouse) and Ray Crowell (veteran). I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside such impressive teammates to produce quality graduates with potential to make an economic impact.
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