We Are A Program Built By Veteran Entrepreneurs—For Veteran Entrepreneurs.
The Bunker targets existing veteran-owned tech startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to come, create, and conquer the business world through their ideas, hard work, and strategy.
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Companies In Residence
We invite early-stage companies to apply to join The Bunker. For start-ups like Valor Group (featured left), we will provide space at the new Think Big Co-working Center, access to great talent, an exclusive network of fellow entrepreneurs, mentorship and professional development, and access to capital. You will participate in roundtable conversations, networking events, and a speakers series designed around your working needs and current state challenges. Our businesses have the option to continue their businesses at The Bunker.
Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to apply for become Entrepreneurs in Residence at The Bunker – Kansas City, and intern at one of our portfolio companies. We recognize that the best way of learning is by doing. Working in The Bunker gives you the chance to support our businesses, expand your network, and learn how to translate your skills into becoming an entrepreneur or working at a start-up. Aspiring entrepreneurs need to interview with prospective companies for placement, though we consistently hear from our founders of their desire to hire veterans who can “meet the mission” of helping them build their businesses.
Mentorship is critical to our businesses success, and we invite veterans and non-veterans alike to consider serving as mentors. Our mentor pool allows our resident companies to learn from established and experienced managers like Edelman public relations’ John Edelman (pictured with RideScout’s Joseph Kopser and 1871’s Howard Tullman). Our founders are able to tap the right expertise when they need, expand their business reach, identify new customers, and share lessons learned. A diverse and wide network helps expand the reach of our companies, and gives mentors the chance to get involved and support interesting and exciting veteran-owned startup enterprises, and to become a part of the broader Bunker community.
Sean McIntosh – Executive Director
Sean McIntosh is the CEO of Vetlaunch, and Executive Director of The Bunker KC. He served as a SEAL operator for 13 years in San Diego and completed 5 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the service in 2012, Sean has been an entrepreneur and is the CEO of Valor Professional Solutions LLC and Vetlaunch Inc.. As the Executive Director of The Bunker – Kansas City, Sean is responsible for setting up strategic partnerships and finding local sponsors to support the program. He also leads the annual Council of 100 military veteran thought leadership symposiums.
Twitter – @startupsean3
Email – [email protected]
Blog – www.startupsean.com
Harrison Painter – Senior Advisor
Harrison Painter is a serial entrepreneur, the co-founder of TrepScore, and a former Navy Aviation Maintenance Petty Officer 3rd Class. He brings a wealth of sales / business development, marketing, and strategic partnership experience to The Bunker Kansas City. Harrison has a passion for helping veterans and is also developing Treps.io. The mission of Treps.io is to create a platform that will educate and assist military veteran entrepreneurs with turning their vision into a viable business. Vets will be able to access the resources needed to develop ideas, connect with investors, and go-to-market successfully.