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Bunker Labs @MusterMadison 2017

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Oct 12 1:00PM - 7:30PM

Please join us at the Bunker Labs Muster Madison #WIVetBiz to inspire, educate & connect entrepreneurs!


The Muster Madison is all about connecting you with opportunity. If you are not a veteran you will gain the military entrepreneurial edge. If you are a veteran you will gain the network to quickly grow your venture.

Many veterans transition from the military with unique skills and experiences that lend themselves to starting sustainable small businesses. The Muster Across America Tour is a catalyzing event to stand up and strengthen this expanding network of military veterans, successful entrepreneurs, and the communities they serve.

What Makes up a Muster:

The Muster Madison event will offer a day of programming featuring the following elements:

Innovation Lab: Interesting discussions on the latest business innovations and trends.

Canteen: Coffee, snacks and lots of sidebar conversations throughout the day. Like any good canteen we invite people to come, relax, connect with old friends or make new connections throughout the days event.

Networking Opportunities: Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in dialogue about the days content and build lasting connections.


State Capitol Building North Hearing Room
2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53703
More info on visiting the State Capitol Building


Thursday, October 12, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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About #MusterAcrossWisconsin

The Bunker Labs #WIVetBiz #BunkerBrews event is part of the #MusterAcrossWisconsin tour that features comments from business-civic-elected leaders and military veteran entrepreneurs, innovative panels from the University of Wisconsin-System Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Wisconsin Technology Council, and culminates with a #BunkerBrews #Comcast business/professional networking "happy hour."

It is unique event to celebrate military veteran entrepreneurs/employees for the #MusterAcrossWisconsin tour that will travel to UW-System campus cities around the state based on a grant from theWisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).

You DO NOT Need To Be A Military Veteran To Attend - All Entrepreneurs, Large Employers, Family/Small/Veteran-Owned Businesses & Startups Are Welcome!

Invite all the veterans and military families/spouses you know or come and meet your first among the 1% of the population that serve. While the event features military veterans, all business professionals and entrepreneurs are welcome. Come for the excellent professional development and opportunityto meet business/civic leaders, stay for the outstanding professional networking.

After World War II, 49% of military veterans became entrepreneurs who owned and operated a business and helped lead Americas post-war economic boom, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). Approximately 40% of Korean War veterans did the same, creating millions of jobs along the way. Today, however, the Department of Defense estimates that 200,000 service members transition from active duty in the U.S. each of the next five years, and the IVMF has found that more than 20% of them want to start their own business but only 6% will become entrepreneurs. Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, that translates to 3,500 veterans and 700 potential new businesses each year to join the 40,147 veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin.

About Bunker Labs:

Bunker Labs-Madison is among the founding cohort/locations of the leading national network of military veteran entrepreneurs that was created to help fellow veterans start and grow businesses. We are a startup that serves startups in Wisconsin and a proud chapter of Bunker Labs NFP Inc., a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) that has grown to 15 cities across the nation since launching in 2014, including: Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Madison, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Our mission is to inspire, educate, and connect military veteran entrepreneurs to the startup community, business leaders, angel/venture investors, and each other. We accomplish our mission by providing educational programming, professional development for aspiring entrepreneurs, experienced mentors, technology platforms, events and direct access to business networks to help military veterans excel professionally. In short, we deliver business mentorship, professional networking events, technology platforms, and access to investment capital to help veteran-owned startups and businesses succeed.

We are excited to announce the Muster Across Wisconsin 2017 tour designed to build and lead premier business events at six to twelve University of Wisconsin-System campus cities in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Small Business Development Centers and the Wisconsin Technology Council. These events will showcase successful business leaders and entrepreneurs who happen to be military veterans, empower local business/entrepreneurial ecosystems, and Inspire-Educate-Connect local markets with mentorship, access to investment capital, and innovative leaders and ideas.

Startups: Help vets, help the economy
By Douglas McCormick & Michael Ertmer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Sep. 25, 2016

Bunker Labs is mustering veterans, entrepreneurs, business leaders and elected officials to attack the biggest impediment to financial security for Wisconsin citizens - a lack of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to grow the economy and promote financial security. A recent Kauffman Foundation study has generated lots of discussion, and controversy, across the state about the health of entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. According to the report, Wisconsin ranked last for start-up activity among the largest 25 states in the nation. While there are valid reasons to debate the methodology and accuracy of the state ranking, there should be no ambiguity about the conclusion: Wisconsin can, and must, do a better job encouraging and nurturing start-up activity.

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