SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast Washington and Bunker Labs Seattle have launched a new pilot program for increasing digital business skills and aptitude for military Veteran entrepreneurs and military spouses – Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camps. The new program will empower these individuals by teaching them how to use digital tools and technology to start, run and grow a business. Through Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camps, Veterans and military spouses receive training from experts about digital tools to enhance their operations, and ultimately better understand today’s tech-driven business landscape.
Piloted exclusively in the Seattle market, this new program is the first of its kind nationwide from Bunker Labs. Bunker Labs Seattle will hold Digital Boot Camps from February through April 2019. This month’s event on February 28 will feature Matt Griffin, CEO and founder of Combat Flip Flops, as its special guest speaker.
According to the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs, more than 285,000 Veterans live in the Puget Sound region. For those operating or starting their own business, Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camps helps them get technology and digital skills training critical for operating a business today. The program covers important tech-centered topics like growing an organization’s digital footprint, monetizing social media, digital storytelling and branding, basic coding and HTML, and more.
“We are excited to launch Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camps for Veteran entrepreneurs and be the first market to premiere this program nationwide,” said Daniella Young, City Leader, Bunker Labs Seattle. “The more we can empower Veteran business owners with the tools and resources, the more tech savvy they will be in today’s digital business environment. We are happy to have Comcast’s support. The company’s expertise in building technology programs has been instrumental in this launch.”
“We are proud to launch Digital Boot Camps in Seattle with Bunker Labs and help Veterans and military spouses in Washington state,” said Amy Lynch, Regional Vice President, Comcast Washington. “Our aim is to change lives by giving them the skills and technology they need to grow their businesses.”
Comcast committed a $20,000 grant and additional resources to support the launch of Bunker Labs Digital Boot Camps in October 2018, when the company announced the expansion of its Internet Essentials program in Washington state. Internet Essentials is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet and technology adoption program for low-income Americans. The program now serves one million military Veterans and family members nationwide, including 60,000 participants across the State of Washington.
For more information on the Bunker Labs Digital Bootcamp Series or to get a no cost ticket to an upcoming event, visit www.eventbrite.com/d/wa--everett/bunker-labs/.
To learn more about Comcast’s commitment to supporting Veterans and military families nationwide, please visit www.corporate.comcast.com/values/csr/2018/Veterans; more information on the Internet Essentials program and eligibility requirements is available at www.internetessentials.com.
About Bunker Labs
Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military Veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs to empower other military Veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 14 different cities including Philadelphia, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military Veterans start and grow businesses. Bunker Labs works to inspire, educate, and connect Veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. Our online platform, Launch Lab Online, gives active duty and Veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military Veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses. For more information, please visit bunkerlabs.org or https://bunkerlabs.org/seattle/, follow us on Twitter @BunkerLabsSea and #BunkerBuilds or like us on Facebook.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest high-speed internet, video, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.