The 2018 PHL Muster was filled with inspiring veterans and thought leaders who continue to strive to make a difference. We would like to thank everyone who made the 2018 PHL Muster successful - all of our speakers, attendees, sponsors, and of course, veterans!
We spoke with WeWork Veteran in Residence Mike Lahiff, the CEO of ZeroEyes, an artificial intelligence software company that’s working to identify and prevent security threats in schools and public places. Here’s what he had to say:
“The Air Force Academy taught me a lot of skills that have transferred well into entrepreneurship,” he continued. “I think veterans in general are really well-equipped to deal with the hardships that come with entrepreneurship; the military teaches you how to face and overcome adversity which is a huge part of being an entrepreneur.”
Meet Brenden Coleman, Air Force Veteran, entrepreneur and the October Veteran of the Month!
“We are honored to receive this grant from Boeing and humbled to know they see the difference that we’re making in these veteran entrepreneurs…It’s the support from organizations like Boeing that continue to allow us to further our mission of inspiring transitioning veterans to start their own company, educate them to help further their success and connect them with other business leaders and stakeholders.” - Joe Witte, Bunker Labs PHL Executive Director
“We believe in our curriculum,” remarked Jeremiah. “Art schools are under fire right now, and we’re taking that challenge head-on. Our partnership with Bunker Labs has really helped us bridge the gap between being an art school & entering the tech community, and we hope this year’s Muster will reflect that.”
Bunker Labs is excited to announce its newest team of City Leaders for the Philadelphia chapter! Thanks to the dedicated support of volunteers like Dennis Miller, Felicia Bittner, Sean Gwinner, and their teams, Bunker Labs PHL continues to Inspire, Equip, and Connect veteran entrepreneurs with the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.
“A lot of people have a hard time transitioning from the military back to civilian life. I want to be a resource to veterans who are maybe using their GI bill to go back to school, who might be having a hard time transitioning and need work.”
- Nicholas Franz, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Founder/CEO of Frag Out Clothing
“Launch Lab X gave us three things: amazing content, fantastic connections, and access to capital. The program led us to make significant introductions to people who have helped us with legal, marketing, and technical assistance,” - Suzanne Garber, Co-founder of Gauze, 2017 Launch Lab X Cohort
“A lot of schools tell their students to have a plan when something goes wrong while studying abroad, but they don’t cover how to formulate that plan,” Kieran explained. “That’s where TravStrat comes in.”
”We’re thrilled to support partners like Bunker Labs who are on the front lines in Philadelphia, offering solutions to remove barriers to economic success.” - Jim Dever, Philadelphia Market President, Bank of America
“Entrepreneurship says to me that I have freedom to do what I want in a way that I want.” Introducing the June 2018 Vetrepreneur of the Month, Faith Leibman from Foxhole! Read more of her story by clicking below.
“The mission-oriented mentality from my military training been really valuable to me as an entrepreneur. It makes me a very committed person to identify and go after a goal, even when it’s something that other people might see as crazy or risky or out of the ordinary.”
- Thomas Cavett, U.S. Army Special Forces, CEO of POWTI Innovations
“My military training is just a part of me. It's my foundation. I went from high school straight into the Naval Academy, so everything I learned there, from the discipline to the approach to the attention to detail just get woven into your fabric. Everything I learned in the military has really been an asset to me, and helped me as I moved up in the corporate world."
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“I think the military brings a perspective to business that most civilians don’t have. It has been really amazing to see the kinds of things that veteran entrepreneurs are accomplishing today.” - Al Mazzone, Vietnam Veteran and Chairman of Horn & Hardart Coffee
“I am always surprised at how many women come to us not knowing what they have earned through their service. We are more than happy to invite them to all of the resources that they are entitled to as veterans in this country.” - Anna Stormer, WVC Coordinator
"It's inspiring to have Bunker focused on helping veterans succeed in business. I'm so happy that someone’s tackling that area and helping these people succeed and bringing them all together. There’s strength in networking and helping each other. "