Bunker Labs, together with MetLife Foundation announce our collaboration on The Breakdown, a business news show that airs weekly on Facebook Live, produced entirely by veterans for veterans. MetLife Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to support programs developed by Bunker Labs.
The Breakdown is a free, online, streaming alternative to shows airing on cable news channels like CNN, Fox News, and CNBC. The Breakdown allows viewers insights into conversations between veterans about the latest business news, funding opportunities for vets, tech trends, life hacks, and more.
“MetLife Foundation is proud to support veterans,” said Dennis White president, MetLife Foundation. “Initiatives that contribute to the success of the veteran community have long been a part of MetLife Foundation’s efforts.”
Added Marty Lippert, executive vice president and head of Global Technology & Operations and MetLife Holdings and executive sponsor of the MetLife’s Veterans Initiative, “MetLife and MetLife Foundation’s longstanding commitment to service members and the veteran community dates back to the Civil War. The Breakdown is a natural extension of those efforts, supporting our commitment to veterans and a more diverse and inclusive workplace.”
MetLife Foundation’s support of Bunker Labs will help expand the reach of The Breakdown, especially to tech-savvy veteran millennials who aspire to launch and grow businesses and become leaders in innovation.
After World War II, 49 percent of veterans went on to start and own their own businesses, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. Today, 25 percent of active duty expresses an interest in starting and owning a business. Yet, only 4.5 percent of post-9/11 veterans have started a business.
“The Breakdown opens up the conversation of entrepreneurship to the military community and shares examples of veterans just like them that have succeeded in creating companies. It also connects corporate America to strategically aligned startups that can bring new forms of value and innovation to its customers,” says Todd Conner, Founder, and CEO of Bunker Labs. “MetLife Foundation’s generous support for The Breakdown helps our ambitious plans as we continue to grow innovative programs that inspire, equip and connect the veteran community.”
Upcoming episodes of The Breakdown will broadcast live from locations all over the country. Shows are already scheduled at MetLife locations in North Carolina, New York, and San Francisco. Since The Breakdown’s debut in October 2017, the non-profit’s studio show has been having a huge impact within the veteran community.
“In less than a year, we are now reaching 15,000 live views weekly”, says Will Crane, chief technology officer and co-host of The Breakdown. “Facebook has over a billion active daily users and many of them are untapped millennial veterans. With the support from MetLife Foundation, we can introduce scale into our model and further increase the outreach.”
The first MetLife Foundation sponsored show airs Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from MetLife’s campus in Cary, NC