Philadelphia, Sept. 27, 2017 – Bunker Labs Philadelphia, a peer-learning environment for veteran entrepreneurs, today announced it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Boeing [NYSE: BA]. The grant is designed to help veterans start and grow successful businesses in the Philadelphia region. Boeing helped commemorate the grant during The Muster 2017 with a check presentation from Boeing Community Investor Peg Sweeney
In addition to the grant, Boeing will be supporting Bunker Labs PHL Launch Labs program, its monthly Bunker Brews events and an upcoming BrainTrust event that will occur in the spring of 2018.
“I would like to thank The Boeing Company for recognizing the work that we are doing in the Philadelphia community to help veteran business owners,” said Joe Witte, Executive Director of Bunker Labs PHL and a former Captain in the US Army. “As a non-profit organization, this is extremely important to us to continue to fund our initiatives, and we’re all very humbled by Boeing’s support and belief in Bunker Labs PHL.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Bunker Labs Philadelphia, an organization that is making a difference for military veterans,” said Sweeney. “The programs they provide help veterans build skills critical to entrepreneurial success and further strengthen our community.”
Today’s announcement will aid Bunker Labs PHL to further run programs that nurture relationships, inspire transitioning veterans to start their own company and help current business leaders connect with key stakeholders. Its EPIC course, an 18-week program, educates entrepreneurs on the importance of branding, communication, fundraising and sales. Veterans have the opportunity to learn from seasoned mentors and advisors who have run organizations from startups to Fortune 500 companies themselves and connect with the resources, investors and the network needed to be successful in the chaotic world of entrepreneurship.
In addition to Boeing’s grant, Bunker Labs PHL programming is made possible through generous contributions from companies like Comcast and JPMorgan Chase committed to supporting veteran entrepreneurs.
About The Boeing Company
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems and also provides numerous commercial airline and military support services.
Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its more than 145,000 employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with the company’s strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning as well as workforce and skills development, and supporting the military and veteran communities. Visit the Boeing Global Engagement Portfolio for more information.
About Bunker Labs
Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military Veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military Veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 14 different cities including Philadelphia, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military Veterans start and grow businesses. Bunker Labs works to inspire, educate, and connect Veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. Our online platform, Bunker in a Box, gives active duty and Veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military Veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses. For more information, please visit bunkerlabs.org or http://bunkerlabsphl.com/, follow us on Twitter @BunkerLabsPHL and #BunkerBuilds or like us on Facebook.
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