This month’s Veteran of the Month is Adam Nelson, U.S. Army veteran, current Regional Experience Director for Bunker Labs Northeast, and the founder of Philly Esports.
“The skillsets you get in the military are leadership, endurance, being innovative, and the ability to overcome obstacles. I think another big skill is the ability to push through, especially in high levels of adversity when you’re scared. You always have to get the mission done. I think that is what makes military members uniquely equipped to become entrepreneurs and business leaders.”
Thanks to the generous support of sponsors like PrimePay, Bunker Labs PHL continues to inspire, equip and connect veteran entrepreneurs with the tools they need to start and grow their businesses.
We spoke with Monty Heath, U.S. Navy SEAL, business owner, motivational speaker, and current Director of the Veterans in Business Program at PrimePay. Monty served alongside America’s finest as a U.S. Navy SEAL for 11 years and has received the honor of two Bronze Stars with combat Valor designations. Here’s what he had to tell us about his experience as a veteran in business.
Bunker Labs Philadelphia has received a $10,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation to support the Bunker Labs PHL CEOcircle program. CEOcircle focuses specifically on later-stage ventures, whose founders need different resources and guidance than the early stage entrepreneurs who make up the majority of Bunker Labs Launch Lab Online programming.
“PwC is really living by their values within the veteran space. Things like acting with integrity, making a difference, working together, caring, and reimagining the possible, all of these things have come through in their efforts with veterans.”
We spoke with one of PwC’s veteran employees, Kyle White, who works as a manager within Information Security and Risk Compliance at PwC. He shared with us his experience transitioning into the workforce after service, why veterans are a unique asset in the corporate world, and how PwC is supporting the veteran community.
“TESU’s degree programs are a perfect fit for military and veterans. We understand that these folks bring experiences to the classroom that we should recognize and appreciate and allow them to benefit from their prior learning.”
We spoke with Dr. Dennis Devery, 30-year U.S. Army veteran and current VP for Enrollment Management at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ. Here’s what he had to say about how TESU is providing new educational opportunities for veterans.
Through programs like The Muster, Bunker Brews, and the Launch Lab X Cohort, Bunker Labs continues its mission to Inspire, Equip, and Connect veteran entrepreneurs throughout their business journeys. However, these programs would not be possible without the generous support of corporate sponsors like J.P. Morgan. We spoke with James Ask, U.S. Navy Veteran and Vice President of J.P. Morgan Private Bank about how J.P. Morgan gives back to the veteran community.
When starting a business, legal concerns can be a major area of focus for entrepreneurs. Thanks to the support of organizations like Morgan Lewis, Bunker Labs PHL continues to host Bunker Brews, a monthly happy hour meetup where we discuss highly relevant business topics with our community of veteran entrepreneurs. This month, Morgan Lewis will be represented on our panel at Bunker Brews: Avoiding Legal Landmines.
Here’s what they had to say about their support of the veteran community:
“The Air Force really taught me to surround myself with people like that who can give quality feedback and to let that be a motivator. The military has a great way of making sure that you can take constructive criticism and feedback, and that’s so important for an entrepreneur.” - Lola Lowe, Founder/CEO NYA Skin Care
Meet this month’s featured veteran entrepreneur, Lola Lowe!
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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