Bunker Labs DC, a nonprofit accelerator whose mission is to integrate military veteran entrepreneurs into the greater business ecosystem by launching scalable and sustainable startups, has opened applications for its next cohort kicking off in February 2016.
As the platform for entrepreneurs (both veteran and nonveteran) to overcome hidden hurdles, known pitfalls, and confirmation biases, Bunker Labs DC is where startups are challenged to explore their current reality, envision alternatives, and make their business work in the market. The program amplifies participants’ momentum through critical connections to potential customers, employees, advisors, and investors.
“The value of Bunker Labs DC, especially as a non-equity-stake accelerator, has been immediate and impactful for Snowcreek Consulting,” says Suzanne Dougherty – a graduating nonveteran entrepreneur from the inaugural Fall 2015 cohort. “Working through the critical questions each week with the dedicated facilitators, coupled with access to subject matter experts, mentors, and resources has postured our firm to deliver new products and services. I highly encourage founders – both veteran and “civilian” – to take advantage of the offerings Bunker Labs DC has cultivated.”
The program is framed around the principles of lean startup, design thinking, purpose-based branding and the Darden School of Business case method. Core facilitators throughout the program include Ash Maurya, author of Running Lean, Tim Ogilvie, CEO of Peer Insight, Nancy Belmont, CEO of Belmont, Inc., and Greg Fairchild, Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business. Cohorts move through deliberately sequenced topics presented in a variety of formats including Braintrusts, mentor speed dating days, founders’ roundtables, and pitch competitions.
“Over the course of our five month program, we provide industry experts, dedicated mentors, and staff to help entrepreneurs navigate all of the things that can kill their startups – or help them grow it,” says Ray Crowell, Director of Bunker Labs DC.
The cost of the program is $1500, and includes a membership to a fully-equipped co-working space in Old Town, Alexandria. The Spring cohort will run from February to June 2016, and interested startups can apply at this link.