The Bunker Incubator NFP Inc.
210 W. 19th Terrace
Suite 200
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 286-4590
Mission Statement
The Bunker KC empowers military veteran entrepreneurs through two educational programs.  Our Ramp Up Program is for concept / pre-revenue stage veteran entrepreneurs and our EPIC Program is for mature "growth stage" entrepreneurs ready to scale their venture.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sean McIntosh
Board Chair Todd Connor
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
The Bunker KC empowers military veteran entrepreneurs through two educational programs.  Our Ramp Up Program is for concept / pre-revenue stage veteran entrepreneurs and our EPIC Program is for mature "growth stage" entrepreneurs ready to scale their venture.
Background Statement
Current-conflict veterans have had unique experiences and faced immense challenges while serving in all branches of the United States military.  The counter-insurgency strategy that was implemented in 2007 forced decision making and responsibility down to the lowest levels of the Officer and senior enlisted ranks.  Due to this change in strategy, many veterans have had held leadership and management roles many greater times larger than previous generations of military veterans.  It is common for transitioning military officers to have regularly met with Tribal elders or Sheiks in foreign countries who have thousands of people under their authority.  Many veterans are now at a point where they want to capitalize on their military experience by starting their own small businesses.
 
The Bunker is a runway for military veteran entrepreneurs.  We receive veterans transitioning from active duty or from current traditional careers on one end of the runway.  Our program provides a medium for them to network and collaborate with community business leaders, then launch their small business or startup concept and grow out of our program on the other end of the runway.
 
The Bunker currently has seven chapters nationwide and our headquarters is in Chicago.  One of the greatest strengths of our organization is that we have a diverse group of mentors, consultants, investors, and serial entrepreneurs nationwide.  For example, a veteran entrepreneur with a government contracting-focused small business in Kansas City can lean on The Bunker DC which has a wealth of contracting experience and advisers.  
 
The Bunker will fill the gap in entrepreneur education that currently exists.  There are approximately 27 national, well-funded organizations that help military veterans find employment or get into workforce development programs.  However, there are only a few organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and they only provide 2-3 day seminars.  At The Bunker we feel military veterans deserve more, and the 3-6 month incubator model has been proven successful in the technology sector.
Impact Statement
Present Accomplishments:
  1. Created Partnership with the Sprint Accelerator  in The Crossroads District of Kansas City, MO.  The Bunker KC offices are currently located on the 1st floor of the facility.
  2. Provided pro bono consulting, access to mentors, workshops, and subject matter expert guest speakers to 400+ active duty, reserve, and national guard service-members
  3. Established Board of Advisors consisting of successful military veteran and community leaders from throughout Kansas City.
  4. Assisted three veteran led startup companies obtain more than $650,000 in angel investment.
  5. Selected by the Missouri MTC MOBEC grant program for a $100K Ramp Up Program expansion grant.
Future Goals:
  1. Obtain space / sign lease for organization offices & classrooms.
  2. Hire Education & Outreach Program Manager.
  3. Assist 5-8 veteran entrepreneurs raise $1.2 M in angel investment.
  4. Expand Tech Transfer Opportunity Program in conjunction with UMKC 'Whiteboard-2-Boardroom' program.
  5. Finalize pending partnership with Park University that will allow student veterans to pay for our training with GI Bill benefits. 
Needs Statement
  1. Operational Funds
  2. Printed Marketing Material – one-pagers and tri-folds to distribute
  3. Volunteer Internship Coordinator
  4. Travel Funds to Regional Military Installations
  5. Executive Assistant - to coordinate meetings, presentations, veteran entrepreneur office visits.
Service Categories
Military/Veterans' Organizations
Community & Neighbourhood Development
Professional Societies & Associations
Areas of Service
MO
KS
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The time has come for an organization like The Bunker to help top performing, highly talented military veterans achieve their dream of small business ownership.  One of the greatest obstacles currently facing startup companies is access to startup financing. 
 
Our program promotes entrepreneurship as a career and focuses on developing the founder first.  We provide three weeks of soft skills development and communication training before we transition into our core entrepreneur training. This communication training involves red team training, public speaking skills, interview training, and presentation training.
 
When I transitioned from active duty in 2012, I had to overcome many challenges in understanding how to prepare a small business loan package and communicating my background as a former SEAL officer.  I applied for and failed to obtain a $25,000 loan at four SBA lenders before I finally found a mentor who showed me how to prepare the correct pro forma projections and work history summary.  Finding a small business mentor was essential to my success and why I am passionate about making The Bunker KC successful for fellow veteran entrepreneurs.
Programs
Description The Bunker – KC core focus is providing an intensive six month training pipeline that develops 8-12 startups from concept stage to preparation to pitch angel investors.
Category Employment, General/Other Employment, General/Other
Population Served Veterans, ,
Short-Term Success However, while we are ambitious, we do not wish to create an incubator for all good ideas, or even all good ideas produced by veterans. The Bunker is for veteran-owned, tech-enabled businesses. If presented with a business that The Bunker staff is convinced has exponential growth potential, yet is not rooted in the technology sector, it is likely that there will not be a place in The Bunker for that business. While we will keep the doors open for applicant businesses who are not majority veteran owned, The Bunker will remain an incubator committed first to the mission of helping veteran entrepreneurs.
Long-Term Success The core mission of The Bunker is to help veteran entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Toward that aim, we will provide mentors, cost-effective office space, a peer learning environment, and a network of potential investors. We will also partner with organizations in and outside Kansas City to provide our portfolio companies with manpower, market research, and strategic support. As previously stated, we are actively searching for partners outside Kansas City to assume affiliate roles. In short, we have a bold vision for The Bunker: we will create a nationally-recognized brand.
Program Success Monitored By
We view companies paying a small rent as a key measure to ensure buy-in and accountability to the incubation process. In assessing other incubators, we have found that there are lots of lessons learned about what works and what does not -- all of which we have taken into account in designing of our incubation support processes and curriculum. Many of the accelerator programs that offer a cash-for-equity investment have the unintended consequence of attracting lots of companies that are pre-revenue and not poised for growth. (i.e. “Once I get the money, then I will start my business”). Worse yet, because the accelerator is now the acting agent on behalf of the investor, they are not dedicated to solely serving the needs of the entrepreneur founder. (i.e. “We have 80 businesses in the fund portfolio -- we expect 75 to fizzle out, three to last a year, and one or two to become the next Groupon”). Our model is focused on ensuring sustainability of our businesses first and foremost, followed by growth in revenues, headcount, and capital raised. Being structured as a not-for-profit 501C3, and not taking an equity stake in the companies that we work with, allows us to purely focus on the growth and sustainability for our companies -- not a quick return for our investors.
Examples of Program Success We are working with Glen Dakan of Pure Pursuit Auto (http://purepursuitauto.com/) and have recently helped find financial resources for his company that would have not been available without our services.  These new resources will help create 5-8 jobs over the next 24 months.
Description Each week we attend veteran support organization (VSO) meetings and meet transitioning military veterans.  These VSO  groups include the American Legion, the VFW, and United Way Veterans Alliance.  In all we meet approximately 30 new veterans per month.  The mission of the Ramp Up Program is to provide basic entrepreneur consulting services to these veterans and help them directly through our mentor network or refer them to our trusted partners like the Missouri Small Business Development Centers, UMKC, KC Sourcelink, or Missouri PTACs.  Once fully funded we believe we can assist 600-900 veterans per year through this program.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Veterans, ,
Short-Term Success Help 15 veteran entrepreneurs per month and provide a 30 minute in person or phone consulting session.
Long-Term Success To help 900 military veterans that are in early stages of small business development.
Program Success Monitored By Ramp Up Program Manager at HQ in Chicago and reviewed by Executive Director of The Bunker KC.
Examples of Program Success We have recently worked with 4 military veterans that are Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Kansas City chapter.
CEO Comments The Bunker KC has been approached by several organizations seeking to partner with us to expand their UAV / Drone, Cyber-Security, and website development programs for military veterans.  We think these partnerships would add to our organization's capabilities and would help the entrepreneur ecosystem within Kansas City.  We do not have the funds necessary to run our most basic program or operations, so we have not been able to pursue these additional programs.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sean McIntosh
Term Start Jan 2014
Experience

Sean McIntosh is the Executive Director of The Bunker KC and one of the founding members of The Bunker veteran entrepreneur national organization.  He spent 13 years on active duty in the United States Navy as an enlisted Navy SEAL and SEAL officer.  Sean completed five combat deployments and was awarded medals with valor distinction three times.  He was responsible for 161 high-risk training instructors and a $14 million dollar training budget at his last duty assignment as the Operations Officer for the largest SEAL training command in the Navy. 

Sean is uniquely qualified to run The Bunker KC due to his long history of developing and managing complex training programs as an officer in the Navy.  As the Deputy Director of Joint Task Force – Central Asian States, he developed and implemented several new intelligence collection programs for six subordinate units dispersed in separate locations across Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.  Additionally, Sean led Forward Operating Base Nawbahar on the border of Afghanistan / Pakistan and was responsible for 61 personnel conducting combat operations against the Taliban in Zabul, Province.
 
Sean attended the University of Kansas from 2005-2007 and graduated with a BA in Political Science and Minor in History in two years.  He held significant leadership positions in the KU Navy ROTC unit and volunteered with several veteran support organizations and the Student Veterans of America while attending college.  
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Education Program Manager
Experience/Biography Evan Holt is a retired USMC helo pilot who has worked for startup companies since retired with 22 years of military experience.  He is uniquely certified to be The Bunker Education Program Manager as he has led over 300 Marines and $200 million dollars of military aviation assets on multiple deployments overseas.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 3
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Memorandum of UnderstandingDept. of Veterans Affairs2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Todd Connor
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Brandon Bodor Chief Operations Officer
Cory Brock Director of Outreach
Todd Connor Flank 5 Academy
Ray Detwiler Deloitte
Mauro Mujica-Parodi McKinsey & Co.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 5%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $115,000
Projected Expenses $238,500
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 72
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015:  Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$8,386----
Administration Expense$40,942----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates$0----
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.01----
Program Expense/Total Expenses17%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0----
Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 ------
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are raising $350,000 to lease office space, make tenant improvements, and hire a Director of Education & Outreach.
Goal $350,000.00
Dates June 2015 to Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Right now 24% of total expenses are administrative and 76% are program related.
 
Organization Name The Bunker Incubator NFP Inc.
Address 210 W. 19th Terrace
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 286-4590
CEO/Executive Director Sean McIntosh
Board Chair Todd Connor
Year of Incorporation 2014