SPONSORSHIP

The Need To Support Veteran Entrepreneurship

After World War II, 49 percent of veterans went on to start and own their own businesses, according to the Kauffman Foundation. Today, 25 percent of Post-9/11 veterans express an interest in starting and owning their own business, yet only six percent will. How has this spirit of entrepreneurship been lost among veterans? “Entrepreneurs need thriving networks,” said Maria Meyers founder and director of U.S.SourceLink. “It’s simple: The more contacts entrepreneurs can make in the early life of their companies, the greater their chance for success.”

 

Our Partner Philosophy

Bunker Labs RDU leadership team, in addition to sponsorship benefits, seeks to create strategic value for our sponsorship partners based on other corporate priorities, programs, and investment.

Bunker Labs RDU views our sponsors as partners who are joining with us to transform Raleigh-Durham into the center of veteran entrepreneurial activity.  This is a community based project that we will be investing in together.  There are three core principles we follow:

Collaborative Relationship

Our sponsors are engaging with us in a collaborative relationship to help provide veteran entrepreneurs with access to first class resources and support throughout the community and state.

Community Focused

We target partners who can help build communities or “ecosystems” for veterans to draw upon—organizations that can help stimulate their thinking, offer advice and assistance.

Innovative

We encourage our partners to be as innovative as possible to help create new programs and other value-adding ways to support our veteran community.

The Need to Inspire, Educate and Connect

Current and former military service members need strong professional networks and relevant resources

Inspire

Forum where veterans can be inspired to action around entrepreneurship and improve their lives

Educate

Easily accessible assets that develop and educate veterans professionally

Connect

Direct access to contacts that help veterans progress career aspirations
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The Opportunity for Raleigh-Durham

Raleigh-Durham has the right environment, veteran population, and strategic partners to make a Bunker Labs chapter highly successful

Bunker Labs RDU

Bunker Labs is a 501(c)3 non-profit, entrepreneurship-support organization that supports early-stage, veteran-owned businesses and veteran entrepreneurs, filling a critical need to train returning veterans on how to effectively launch, build, and grow a business.  Given our states veteran population, military installations, veteran business community and business climate, we feel Bunker Labs RDU has the unique opportunity to become the hub for veteran innovation and entrepreneurship.  To turn this vision into reality we will need the support of the local business community.

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Our State

North Carolina is consistently ranked high in business climate and quality of life.  Raleigh and Durham are ranked as two of the top communities for veterans and the area has a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Bunker Labs RDU has an experienced local leadership team that has been able to tie into the significant resources already available to veterans within both the public and private sectors.

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Veteran Community

More than 769,000 veterans live in North Carolina, representing 9.8% of the states total population.  There are over 87,500 veteran owned firms in North Carolina generating over $54.9B in receipts, which makes the state the 8th largest veteran owned business economy in the nation.

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Sponsorship Needs

Financial

Bunker Labs RDU has an experienced leadership who is willing to give their time and expertise but we still need to pay for location rental, marketing material, photography, video, refreshments….you get the idea. Our goal is to become the flagship Bunker Labs location and we need your support to make that happen!

In-Kind

We need in-kind sponsors for items like printing, t-shirts, lunch, video, audio, photography, swag bag contents….bottom line, pretty much ANYTHING to do with making our events and programming outstanding!

Sponsorship Levels

Bunker Labs is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Revenue is generated through corporate sponsorship, foundations, and individual donations.

Distinguished Service 

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$25K/$50K/$100K

Exclusive Brand Association  “Bunker Labs @ RDU, presented by [Sponsor]”

  • Signage at Bunker Labs
  • Speaking Opportunities at all events
  • Spotlight article on the websites blog
  • Logo on website, social media, and other online platforms
  • Logo listed on Bunker Labs RDU sponsorship banner, direct mail & email invitations
  • Mentions on all social media outlets
  • Logo displayed on “thank you” slide
  • Logo on each issue of Bunker Labs RDU newsletter
  • Special thanks from the stage at all events
  • Access to include materials on a sponsor table at all events
  • Listed on the Bunker Labs RDU website as a Presenting Sponsor
  • 6 Bunker Labs t-shirts
  • Opportunity to participate in veteran entrepreneur programming
  • Ability to network with other key Bunker Labs stakeholders
  • Invitation to serve on the Bunker Labs Board of Advisors
  • Strategic relationship to develop additional sponsor-centric programs

Silver Star

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$10000—$15000

Presented as a sponsor for the 2016 year at Bunker Labs, events, and online

  • Brand recognition at Bunker Labs RDU
  • Participation opportunities at all events
  • Logo on website, social media, and other online platforms
  • Logo listed on Bunker Labs RDU sponsorship banner, direct mail & email invitations
  • Mentions on all social media outlets
  • Logo displayed on “thank you” slide
  • Logo on each issue of Bunker Labs RDU newsletter
  • Half page in printed program
  • Access to include materials on a sponsor table at all events
  • Listed on Bunker Labs RDU website as a First Cohort Sponsor
  • 4 Bunker Labs t-shirts
  • Invitations to veteran entrepreneur programming including mentorship and pro bono advising of entrepreneurs
  • Ability to network with other key Bunker Labs stakeholders

Legion of Merit

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$5000—$9999

Presented as a sponsor for the 2016 year at Bunker Labs, events, and online

  • Brand recognition at Bunker Labs RDU
  • Participation opportunities at all events
  • Mentions on all social media outlets
  • Logo displayed on “thank you” slide
  • Logo on each issue of Bunker Labs RDU newsletter
  • Logo listed in the printed event programs
  • Access to include materials on a sponsor table at all events
  • Listed on Bunker Labs RDU website as a Cohort Sponsor
  • 2 Bunker Labs t-shirts
  • Invitations to veteran entrepreneur programming including mentorship and pro bono advising of entrepreneurs
  • Ability to network with other key Bunker Labs stakeholders

Bronze Star

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$2500—$4999

Presented as a sponsor for the 2016 year at Bunker Labs, events, and online

  • Participation opportunities at all events
  • Mentions on all social media outlets
  • Logo displayed on “thank you” slide
  • Logo listed in the printed event programs
  • Listed on Bunker Labs RDU website as a Centuria Sponsor
  • 1 Bunker Labs t-shirt
  • Invitations to veteran entrepreneur programming including mentorship and pro bono advising of entrepreneurs
  • Ability to network with other key Bunker Labs stakeholders
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