Bunker Labs Launches Minneapolis Chapter For Entrepreneurial Veterans


Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 9.06.35 AMBunker Labs expanded its footprint into Minneapolis this summer to provide a peer-learning environment for military veterans turned entrepreneurs. 

Originated in Chicago 2014 by Todd Connor, the nonprofit org is building a national network run by local leaders — each of them military-veterans — in communities across the Country.

Their mission is to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurial and innovative military veterans.

With a With a dozen physical locations running, the Minneapolis chapter has posted up inside COCO downtown Minneapolis, operated by Executive Director Tim O’Neil.

An active entrepreneur himself, O’Neil founded a company called Fidelis Co. in 2014 which makes and sells carry-goods online.

Prior to his time in the private sector, Tim spent seven years in the Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer. He holds a B.S. from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.


The group has started hosting causual ‘Bunker Brews’ monthly happy hours, with a next event on August 17th.

O’Neil is gearing up for a larger launch event during the looming Twin Cities Startup Week in September. Next year, they will kick-off a learning curriculum called ‘Epic’ and move in on a larger spring event showcasing vereran entrepreneurs.

“Bunker Labs pulls from a number of resources to help propel entrepreneurs and their ideas/businesses forward,” O’Neil says, “We’re a business rallying point for those who have served our country.”