Bunker Labs Veterans in Residence

Ready to Launch?

About The Program

Beginning Spring 2024, the D’Aniello Institute for Veteran and Military Families EBV-Spark combined with the Bunker Labs Veterans in Residence to form a 10-week business startup program that provides veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs the knowledge and tools they need to grow their business. Learn more about the two organizations joining together.

Launching a business can feel like a monumental effort just to get that first sale, let alone grow. What would happen if you dedicated 10-weeks to focus on the fundamentals need to launch and move forward? What would happen if you joined a community of like-minded veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs also working to take the next big step to launch a business.

When you join Bunker Labs Veterans in Residence (ViR), you have more than an entrepreneurial endeavor in common—you have a common ethos, shaped by a common experience. Hit the ground running with a community that never gives up, no matter the challenge.

2024 program dates

  • Spring 2024 – Closed
  • Summer 2024 – ViR Cohort 24B* – June 4, 2024 – August 6, 2024
  • Fall 2024 – ViR Cohort 24C* – September 10, 2024 – November 12, 2024

*Program is entirely virtual
IVMF Enrollment Services team will guide you with program date selection upon review of your application and available program dates.

We are currently accepting new applications for Summer and Fall 2024 programs!

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  • Veteran; Military Spouse; Life partner
  • Post 9/11 Service (able to consider pre 9/11)
  • Honorable Discharge


  • 10 weeks
  • 5-8 hours per week (making incremental progress each week for readings, videos, and assignments)
  • Computer with high speed internet


This program is offered at no cost to the participant.


Email: IVMFEducation@syr.edu
Phone: (315) 443-6898


of veteran-owned businesses
reported accelerated business growth.

of veteran-owned businesses
increased their run-rate revenue.

of veteran-owned businesses raised
funding between months one and six.

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Course Breakdown

Videos Watch videos each week on different areas of business fundamentals
Activities Test business idea through a Feasibility Analysis & other activities
Discussion Posts Web-based discussions on the weekly topic
Weekly Webinars Live question & answer session with subject matter experts
Ask the Expert Ask questions in a Blackboard forum to specific subject matter experts
Ask the Class Ask questions in a Blackboard forum to receive input from fellow classmates