Press Release: Bunker Labs Philadelphia Receives Bank of America Grant


Bunker Labs Philadelphia Receives Bank of America Grant

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PHILADELPHIA, June 14, 2018 – Bunker Labs Philadelphia has received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America to support Launch Lab, helping Bunker Labs PHL to provide education, connections and mentoring to veteran entrepreneurs.  All of these components are critical to veterans who want to start the challenging task of starting and operating a business. 

Editor’s Note: Photos are available from special check presentation taken June 13, 2018.

“We are honored to receive this grant from Bank of America,” said Joe Witte, Executive Director of Bunker Labs PHL and a former Captain in the US Army.  “Our Launch Lab programming continually receives high-marks from the entrepreneurs who go through the program annually.  It’s not possible to do what we do for our veterans without support from the outside community.  We are extremely appreciative of how Bank of America has stepped up and gotten behind Bunker Labs Philadelphia.”

”We’re thrilled to support partners like Bunker Labs who are on the front lines in Philadelphia, offering solutions to remove barriers to economic success,” said Jim Dever, Philadelphia Market President, Bank of America. “We believe that initiatives like Launch Lab are vital to helping veteran entrepreneurs find success by creating meaningful opportunities to gain skills and education.”

Bunker Labs provides a variety of ways it supports veteran entrepreneurs beyond its Launch Lab programming.  Bunker Labs also hosts a free monthly meet-up & happy hour called “Bunker Brews,” where the Bunker Labs community can network with subject matter experts, investors, leaders, and more.  Another component is the “CEO Circle,” which offers a group of mentors and a community of support for Bunker Labs entrepreneurs who are further along in their business development process.

In addition to the generous support of Bank of America, Bunker Labs PHL programming is made possible through contributions from companies like Comcast, Boeing, Lincoln Financial Foundation and Hussian College committed to supporting veteran entrepreneurs.


About Bunker Labs Philadelphia

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military Veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military Veterans as leaders in innovation.  Through local chapters organized in 18 different cities including Philadelphia, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military Veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses.  Bunker Labs works to Inspire, Educate, and Connect veterans with the right resources and people locally to be successful, while also providing national tools and resources like: Launch Lab Online or Community Mobile App to support aspiring entrepreneurs where ever they may currently live or be stationed.  For more information, please visit or, follow us on Twitter @BunkerLabsPHL and #BunkerBuilds or like us on Facebook.


About Bank of America

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