The Research Triangle Park is well into its new economic plan under the direction of CEO Bob Geolas, and another piece of that strategy falls into place today with the opening of Bunker Labs at The Frontier, which is the startup hub RTP has launched.

Geolas talks with WRAL TechWire about how The Bunker fits into the strategy.

  • What are key factors in deciding to work with Bunker Labs?

Nationally, Bunker Labs has a model that helps provide veterans with a variety of business related services. From entrepreneurship work to mentorship programs, they’re an organization that’s passionate about helping our country’s veteran population succeed.

With such a large veteran population in North Carolina, partnering with Bunker Labs RDU gives us the opportunity to provide this talented group of service men and women with a valuable service.

Our mission with The Frontier, and at Park Center, is to create stage set that provides individuals, nonprofits and companies with space that enables them to do their most impactful work. This partnership allows us to do just that.

  • What benefits does this add to appeal of RTP itself?

For a long time, RTP has been viewed as a place that was closed and walled off to the public. By welcoming Bunker Labs and the veterans they work with into the Park, we’re actively changing the culture of RTP to be one that is inclusive and embraces an array of talented people.

Our ultimate goal is to create an environment that fosters a creative culture across science, art and technology. Bunker Labs RDU is just one more way we’re able to help change the old perception of RTP.

  • How does this fit into your new master plan?

The Bunker works with veteran entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses. It’s our hope that through this work, some of the companies that go through the program will grow and eventually need more space – space which we will have available at Park Center.

Essentially, their success is our success.