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Bunker Labs Nashville, Preds Connect Military Entrepreneurs

Preds President Leads Off Speaker's Series Connecting Veterans in Business

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Bunker Labs Nashville, a 501(c)3 organization committed to veteran entrepreneurship, will team up with the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to connect elite military innovators with area business and community leaders. The experience is part of Bunker Brews, a high-impact monthly speaker series designed to connect veterans in business, empower the Nashville entrepreneurial ecosystem, and foster growth, knowledge and success.

The event feature is a fireside chat with Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry on the business of sports and cultivating a raving community. In addition, the Predators are hosting the Bunker Labs community for both games and a networking reception in between.

"The Nashville Predators recognize the military as a vital part of our Smashville community and aim to continuously support our service men and women through any channel possible, whether it be in-game Salutes to Service, community service initiatives or ticket specials," Nashville Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. "We are honored to host Bunker Labs Nashville and to leverage our network to help military entrepreneurs launch and grow more businesses in our own community."

Bunker Labs Nashville Executive Director and former Marine Officer Blake Hogan remarked, "Nashville has yet again rolled out the red carpet for military entrepreneurs. The Predators are a great example of the heart of this city and the foundation of a great hockey town. Bunker Labs was introduced to the Predators via John Thompson of Thompson Machinery, and it has led to this incredible event which is proof the network effect is the key to opening doors for military alumni.

Following World War II, roughly 50 percent of returning veterans started a business. Today, approximately 25 percent of post-9/11 veterans state they want to start a business, yet veterans own less than 10 percent of small businesses. Veterans in Tennessee that are interested in starting and growing businesses now have access to resources, programs and most importantly networks via Bunker Labs Nashville

About Bunker Labs:

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 17 different cities, 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. For more information, please visit, follow us on Twitter @TheBunkerLabs, or like us on Facebook.

About the Nashville Predators:

The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League's 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 19 years since. The team strives each season to reach its One Goal: becoming a Stanley Cup Champion hockey team while making Bridgestone Arena number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States. With One Goal in mind, the team saw its greatest success in team history when they made it to Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. 

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