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WeWork, Bunker Labs Launch Houston Program To Support Veteran Entrepreneurs

  • Bunker Labs to open in Detroit
  • Not-for-profit organization will launch its Veteran in Residence program for entrepreneurs
  • WeWork to offer office space for veteran entrepreneurs for six months

Bunker Labs will open its Detroit chapter and new Veterans in Residence program on Saturday — Veterans Day.

The Chicago-based not-for-profit that helps veterans and active duty service members start and grow businesses is working with WeWork to launch the program to sponsor 10 workspaces for six months for the next five years, the news release said.

The residency targets entrepreneurs with professional resources, community and support, while Bunker Labs will offer military veterans access to critical resources, professional development and other support to further their careers, the release stated.

Nationally, the WeWork Veterans in Residence program will provide workspaces to 10 groups of 10 veterans across 10 cities every six months, which equates to 1,000 veterans over the next five years.

"We are thrilled to launch both the Veterans in Residence program and the newest location of Bunker Labs at WeWork Detroit," Bunker Labs Detroit Executive Director Stephen Potter said in the release. "We provide extensive services to help our veterans succeed long after the mission is over — through programming, events, mentorship opportunities and more."

"Our veterans are an important part of the region's workforce and it is an honor to help drive new innovation and business ideas through the Veterans in Residence program," said Megan Dodds, community director for the Midwest at WeWork. "It is exciting for our Detroit team to be part of the first wave of this national program."

The Veterans in Residence program will also help Bunker Labs expand its strategic partnerships locally and nationally, which includes Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., Philadelphia-based Comcast Cable Communications LLC and New York City-based WeWork.

Source : http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20171110/news/644666/entrepreneur-program-for-veterans-to-launch-in-detroit

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