Just last week, we held our Winter Summit with nearly one hundred of us gathering together in Atlanta for two days. City Leaders flew in from places as diverse as Seattle to Raleigh from Boston to Los Angeles. They were joined with our leadership team in an effort to focus on making entrepreneurship a more accessible and ultimately successful, journey for veterans in local communities across the country.
The event was hosted inside First Data’s Corporate Innovation Space. First Data is a terrific advocate and supporter of the Bunker Labs Mission.
“Our mission is to ensure that every veteran entrepreneur has the network, tools, and opportunities they need to start their own business.”
Michael Manos, Chief Technology Officer at First Data, stopped by to give an insightful, and often very funny account of his journey to First Data via companies like Microsoft and AOL.
The Winter Summit took off with an opening from Todd Connor, Bunker Labs CEO and Founder where he framed the journey we have been on since founding in 2014 and the opportunity in front of us. New to the Winter Summit this year was a speaker series featuring — inspirational leaders from the national community of veteran – entrepreneurs:
At the Summit we announced planned expansion in San Diego, Boston, Denver and Omaha. If you are interested in supporting the sustainability of these chapters or others please let us know.
In addition to the speakers, the host chapter; Atlanta threw a fantastic Bunker Brews in the Sweetwater Brewery and bottling facility with over a hundred and fifty from the community in attendance.
Finally, in the spirit of openness, we enjoyed the opportunity to welcome so many of our critical partners into the room for two days with leaders from organizations at JP Morgan Chase, ADP, Boeing and others in attendance; offering connections and learnings to local city leader throughout the event.
We now look forward to hosting the Summer Annual Summit in Seattle WA in June 2019!