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The Muster in Austin invites veterans, military spouses, corporate partners and innovators to come, bring their best ideas and develop new connections and insights. Last year’s inaugural event in Chicago drew over 350 participants and won praise. The 2015 Austin #BunkerLivePitch was a huge success and this year The Muster in Austin will bring together participants and partners for a day long event of veteran entrepreneurs pitching their businesses, an Idea Lab for speakers, and a marketplace to buy products from veteran-owned small businesses.

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Program Elements

The Muster in Austin will be the first of it’s kind, offering a day of events featuring the following elements:

Idea Lab: Featuring expert talks and panel discussions with political, military and corporate leaders to cover topics such as defense innovation trends, the investment and talent landscape, and veteran social impact.

The Pitch Stage: A showcase where veteran entrepreneurs compete…more details to come.

Marketplace: A space for Bunker member companies and other veteran-owned businesses to showcase and sell their products and services.

The Cantina: Coffee, lunch 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 day’s event.

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Happy-hour Networking Reception: Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in dialogue about the day’s content and build lasting connections.

Beer, Boots & BBQ Dinner: Famous Texas BBQ, keynote speech, awards and closing remarks.


Full Agenda:
8am – 5pm – Austin Startup Week and the Marketplace at Brazos Hall hosted by Bunker Labs (register through ASW)

8:30am – The Perfect Donut: What type of capital best suits your business? (Coffee & breakfast) presented by LiftFund, Able Lending and JPMorgan Chase
10:00am – Startups are for Veterans – presented by Patriot Boot Camp
12:00pm – Austin’s Capital Landscape- Demystifying the Capital Scene – Moderated by Paul O’Brien with David Altounian, Shane Walsh and Jim Brown
2:00pm – CyberSecurity Tech Panel

3:00pm – Attracting Kickass Co-founders with Johan Borge, Joseph Kopser, Craig Cummings and Amos Schwartzfarb
4:00pm – DIUx in Austin: Where does Innovation come from?

5pm – 9pm  The Muster in Austin presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • 5pm – Bunker Brews Happy Hour & Networking
  • 6pm – Beer, Boots & BBQ Opening Reception
  • 6:30pm – Pitch Stage & Competition (featuring $7K-$10K in CASH prizes!
  • 7:30pm – Dinner, Keynote & Awards