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Bunker Labs Madison is now accepting applications for the 2017 Innovator Academy!

The Bunker Labs Madison "Innovator Academy" course is specifically tailored to fit the busy schedules of aspiring entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, including working professionals who want to “pressure test” and validate a business idea before disrupting full-time employment to pursue it.

The course will follow the same 14-session curriculum that helps an entrepreneur develop the talents and skills required to be successful. However, it is reformatted to 7 (longer) sessions every other Saturday at the request of entrepreneurs who want to commute to University Research Park in Madison to participate.

At least 10 individuals or teams with a business idea or existing business will be accepted into the accelerator program. It is free for military veterans or spouses and only $995 for non-veterans and companies that want to innovate their businesses or create new products and services.
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Bunker Labs Madison is now accepting applications for the 2017 Innovator Academy!

The Bunker Labs Madison "Innovator Academy" course is specifically tailored to fit the busy schedules of aspiring entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, including working professionals who want to “pressure test” and validate a business idea before disrupting full-time employment to pursue it.

The course will follow the same 14-session curriculum that helps an entrepreneur develop the talents and skills required to be successful. However, it is reformatted to 7 (longer) sessions every other Saturday at the request of entrepreneurs who want to commute to University Research Park in Madison to participate.

At least 10 individuals or teams with a business idea or existing business will be accepted into the accelerator program. It is free for military veterans or spouses and only $995 for non-veterans and companies that want to innovate their businesses or create new products and services.

The Innovator Academy will grant at least $45,000 provided by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) - intended to match angel investments as large as $10,000 - and scholarships from sponsors for legal, accounting, and other professional services.

Each session is led by a subject matter expert from a Bunker Labs sponsor and integrates peer-to-peer collaboration with classmates, mentors, and investors. Jonathon Horne, Managing Director, Idea Fund of La Crosse, will lead the first session - “Demystifying Investment Capital” - on Saturday, February 4th. The weekend format enabled an Apple iPhone executive in California, former Google Product Manager in Colorado, and Goldman Sachs Investment Advisor in Chicago to commute and teach in Madison, in addition to local angel/venture investors.

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 31st and it starts on Saturday, February 4th.

(Note: We don't call it "EPIC" in Madison because the name gets confused with "Epic Systems" nearby - but it is the same program Bunker Labs runs in other cities.)

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 14 different cities, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.
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Nathan Conrad

This is a five star program that will help jumpstart your business and build upon your great ideas. The team at Bunker Labs has put together a phenomenal program that will ensure that vets, active duty families, or other interested in getting the most out of their business will have to opportunity to do so.