The Muster PHL: Innovate & Inspire

The Muster PHL: Innovate & Inspire

Annual Summit Supporting Veteran Entrepreneurs

 Bunker Labs Philadelphia, will be hosting The Muster 2017: Innovate & Inspire on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the state-of-the-art Pennovation Center.  Bunker Labs Philadelphia, a local non-profit accelerator program has helped start and grow 20 enterprises owned by veteran and active-duty military entrepreneurs at local co-working space, Benjamin’s Desk.

The Muster, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, will feature a variety of dignitaries, successful entrepreneurs and authors for a full day of panels and fireside chats showcasing their businesses, and an Idea Lab from leading business and other military leaders. 

“The Bunker Labs Philadelphia team is excited to showcase the tremendous veteran innovation happening right here in Philadelphia at our upcoming Muster Event” 

-Joe Witte, Program Director for Bunker Labs Philadelphia. 

“I didn’t have any expectations when I showed up at last year’s Muster. The speakers were amazing. I walked away with a new level of confidence knowing that other veterans have walked in my shoes and had the ability to achieve business and personal success by leveraging their military experience” 

- Sean Gwinner, Army Veteran, Partner of Crownstone Investment Group.

The current featured speakers include:

Veteran Speakers Include:

  • Chef Robert Irvine, host of “Restaurant Impossible” will share stories of how he joined the Royal Navy at age 15, launched a career in food service and entertainment and now gives back to service men and women at every chance.
  • MG Spider Marks (Ret), General Marks wrapped up an impressive military career as the Commanding General of the US Army Intelligence Center and is currently a military analyst for CNN and provides leadership consulting for the Thayer Leader Development Group.
  • Kim Jung, CEO of Rumi Spice, is changing the Afghan economy by importing sustainably farmed saffron to the US. Kimberly is both a Harvard and West Point graduate.
  • Guy Filippelli, CEO of Red Owl Analytics, and partner at NextGen Venture Partners. Guy has led Red Owl to more than $17mm in funding, and won “Best in Show” at Philly PACT.  He’s a West Point and Oxford graduate.
  • James Brobyn, CEO of Cause Engine, was previously the Executive Director at the Travis Manion Foundation, helping them raise more than $10mm, and is now the CEO at CauseEngine, a consulting firm for non-profits. James is a Naval Academy graduate and served two tours in Iraq with the USMC.
  • Tony Sanchez, VP of Customer Experience Delivery at Comcast. In this role he acts as a catalyst for culture change. Tony is a 14-year veteran of the US Navy where served as an officer in the Navy SEAL Teams.
  • Mike Maher, Co-founder and CEO of Houwzer, a former Naval Officer and co-founder of successful startups including: Houwzer, Benjamin's Desk, Bunker Labs Philadelphia, and Startup Grind

Philadelphia veteran-owned businesses to be featured at the Muster include:

  • GEO Graves, LLC CEO, Dan Carlson (US Air Force Veteran)
  • NeuroFlow Co-founders, Chris Molaro (US Army) and Adam Pardes
  • Barn Owl Co-founders, Josh Phifer (US Air Force) and Vince Kuchar (US Army)
  • Gauze Co-fouders, Suzanne Garber and Chris Garber (US Army)
  • EGA Associates, LLC CEO, Jeremy Mock
  • The Comprehensive Accident Reconstructive Specialists CEO, Preston Forchion, II (US Army)
  • SwiKET CEO, Lyle Gal (US Army)
  • Hire Served CEO, Jean South (military spouse and former FBI Special Agent)
  • CyberSecurity for Hire CEO, Ron Fulton (US Army)
  • GROUNDiT CEO, Jacob Murphy (US Army)
  • XAppeal CEO, Dan Tobon (US Army)

“Many of our servicemen and women transition from the military with key entrepreneurial skills like leadership, discipline, and resiliency,” said Mark Schrieber, Region Manager of Chase Middle Market Commercial Banking. “Bunker Labs provides the resources and network our local veterans need to start successful and sustainable business, and we are proud to support them.”

Philadelphia area veterans who are considering entrepreneurship can also gain access to potential resources, programs and community that will help transform their military experience into business success.

All veterans, former military, entrepreneurs or business leaders are welcome.  While the Muster Philadelphia is open to everyone, all veterans can attend free of charge.  More information about tickets, sponsorship and the complete schedule, can be found here.

Idea Lab: Inspiring talks and panel discussions with political, military and entrepreneurial leaders covering topics such as leadership, innovation, investment and veteran social impact.

Innovation Lab: Veteran entrepreneurs and veteran-friendly businesses showcase their products and services- come see what’s new!

Mission BBQ Beef & Beer: For $50 guests will be provided craft beers, specialty cocktails from Tito’s Vodka, and awesome food provided by our friends at Mission BBQ.

General Agenda:

12:00 - 1:00:         Registration, Innovation Lab Opens!

1:00 – 1:30:                 Opening Ceremony

1:30 – 6:00:                 Idea Lab

4:30:                            Beer Garden Opens

6:00 – 6:30:                 Closing Ceremony

6:30 – 8:30:                 Mission BBQ Beef & Beer

Help us continue to forge a path for our transitioning veterans by joining us on this day, helping us fund our programs and events for 2018 and beyond!


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BrainTrust, Hosted by the Liberty USO
3:00pm 3:00pm

BrainTrust, Hosted by the Liberty USO

Ever think of starting your own business?  Want to know if you have what it takes?

“BrainTrust” Workshop Hosted by the Liberty USO (powered by Bunker Labs)

Topics Include:

•  What the Military Taught You About Business (that you didn’t know) 

• The Right (and Wrong) Reasons to Start a Business 

• Caution: Habits You Learned from the Military You Need to Break 

• How to Identify a Good Business Idea? Getting Started

Veteran Entrepreneurs Include:

·  Mike Maher, Navy Veteran, Founder of Benjamin’s Desk and CEO at Houwzer.

·  John New, Army Veteran, CEO of The Hub

·  Joe Witte, Army Veteran, Executive Director of Bunker Labs

·  And more!

Who’s Welcome? All active, transitioning and prior service military and spouses. 

Attendees will receive: Free business cards, discounted incorporation, Free Amazon Web Services and Microsoft credits and more!

Cost to attend is Free. RSVP:

BrainTrust will be followed by “Bunker Brews” with free dinner and beverages (6-9p). 


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Bunker Brews: Killing our Fear of Failure w/ John New, Sponsored by Liberty USO
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bunker Brews: Killing our Fear of Failure w/ John New, Sponsored by Liberty USO

Does our fear of failure keep us from just going for it?  John New, Veteran and CEO at Workshop Mercantile, will share how he saw a problem in meeting space, took a major risk, and built one of the largest corporate meeting companies on the East coast. 

This event will be held at Citizens Bank Park and preceded by a Liberty USO/ Bunker Labs "BrainTrust" workshop. 

                                                         Event Schedule

6:00-7p: Meet and greet fellow Veteran Innovators, grab a food and a cold beverage at Citizens Bank Park  
7p: Introduction to Bunker Labs and how we are impacting veteran innovation

7:00-7:30p:  Special John New, Army Infantry Veteran, CEO of Workshop Mercantile shares how he saw an opportunity and went for it, which led to a successful exit of his company, The Hub. 

7:30-8:30p: Meet new people, exchange business cards, learn something new.

Thank you to our event sponsor Liberty USO

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Veterans and Coding: Changing our Career Trajectory
6:00am 6:00am

Veterans and Coding: Changing our Career Trajectory

Bunker Labs is excited to partner with Hussian College and discuss the impact of technology, and how veterans can use available resources in the Philadelphia region to learn coding, and either find high demand positions, or start their own companies. 

Join our rockstar speakers, and come for food and beverages to learn how you can put our career on a new trajectory by learning to code. 

- Greg Payton, PNC Technology Team, US Army Veteran

- Sylvester Mobley, Coded By Kids, USMC Veteran

- Jeremiah Staropoli, Hussian College President, PhD

- Mike Betz, GM of Military Student Initiatives, Army Veteran

Thank you to our sponsor Hussian College

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Bunker Brews: Hire & Be Hired
6:00pm 6:00pm

Bunker Brews: Hire & Be Hired

Guest Speakers: Dan La Hart of Lincoln Financial Group and Ed Carr of Comcast

Building great teams (hiring) is one of the most important, expensive and difficult parts of building a company.  Hear from our panel of experts who will provide insights on hiring, as well as tips from our transition expert on "getting hired" for veterans who are looking at the next phase of their career.


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