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February 26, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Seven Tennesseans volunteer to serve as Bunker Labs Ambassadors

Three are serving Chattanooga, and four are focused on the greater Nashville region.

Bunker Labs, now a part of Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), has announced its 2024 cohort of 61 service-minded entrepreneurs who will serve as Ambassadors in 29 cities across the U.S. The 61 include seven Tennesseans – three in Chattanooga and four in Nashville.

Ambassadors make a 12-month commitment to help explore, map, and develop resources within the local business ecosystem to help veteran and military spouse founders launch and grow their businesses. The latest cohort recently finished their initial training during a three-day event in Austin, TX.

“Ambassadors are positioned to be a key community business contact for all our program participants, and sometimes, a much-needed mentor and friendly face,” says Barb Carson, Managing Director of Programming for IVMF. “Our Ambassadors know the ins and outs in the local business landscape, and their ability to serve as guides to our program participants and help connect them to the right contact or opportunity at the right moment makes taking that next step a reality.”

  • The Chattanooga participants are: (1) Mindy Freeman; (2) John Shipp of Shipp Consulting Services; and (3) Lynda B Stephens, of Corps Brands.
  • Nashville Ambassadors are: (1) Jayson Rivas of JHR Photography LLC; (2) Steve Pelmore Jr.; (3) Mock Abdelaal of Velos Labs; and (4) Jorgeluis Angel Aguayo.

IVMF acquired Bunker Labs in January as noted in this news release.

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