Virtual Programming & Platforms to Support Military-Connected Entrepreneurs
About 200,000 military service members transition out of the military every year and nearly 25 percent express a desire to start a business, yet currently only 4.5 percent of post-9/11 veterans do so. During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous entrepreneurs in the Bunker Labs community have been forced to cease or dramatically change their operations based on public health guidelines, leading to a sudden decline in cash flow which has required many business owners to grapple with difficult decisions around their staffing, operations, and the future of their company. This NFL-BWF Salute to Service grant will enable Bunker Labs to expand their online community, convene program cohorts and events virtually, and develop resources specifically tailored to empower entrepreneurs to respond to and rebound from COVID-19’s impact on their business. This collaborative work builds on the prior BWF-NFL investment in the Launch Lab Online platform and elevates that effort to the next level of supporting military-connected entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey.