Dear Partners, Friends and Fellow Veterans,
As we mark the second full year since our launch, we are proud to share this Annual Report which highlights the impact Bunker Labs Raleigh-Durham had in 2017. It has been an amazing year as we have refined and expanded our programs, grown our member base and launched within 4 new markets here in North Carolina. Since our inception, we have supported hundreds of military veterans and spouses who started and grew their businesses with the support of Bunker Labs.
As a national organization, we have some very exciting plans we will soon be announcing as we continue to expand into new markets across the country. These changes will help us to broaden both local and nationwide veteran engagement. At the same time we will continue to focus our efforts on building thriving local
networks in cities across North Carolina where we will be establishing chapters to better serve our veterans’ business needs. As part of this effort, we will continue to engage our many partners to explore ways we can work together to reach more veterans and spouses who need the inspiration and education that Bunker Labs offers.
When we set out on this endeavor, our goal was to transform North Carolina into the hub of veteran innovation and entrepreneurship. We are proud that our chapter was recognized as one of the premier chapters in the country in 2017. This once again is because of the extraordinary leadership of our team members, partners, volunteers and mentors who give their time to support early-stage companies, and the incredible group of sponsors and supporters who share our vision and goals for the veteran entrepreneurial community. Without this support none of what we do would be possible.
Lastly, we want to thank the veteran entrepreneurs who provide the foundation for all we do at Bunker Labs. They are the ones who are helping to transform and lead the U.S. economy. It is their innovation and hard work that sets the example for future generations to follow. As fellow veterans, our team here at Bunker Labs is proud to have the privilege to continue to serve by their sides.
Dean Bundschu — Executive Director, Bunker Labs RDU