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This year’s Chicago Muster will gather together: active duty military, veterans, innovative corporate leaders, and local business experts bringing the latest ideas and technological developments. Last year’s event in Chicago drew over 350 participants and won massive praise. Now in its third year, the 2017 Chicago Muster aims to expose transitioning active duty military and recent veterans to the cutting edge of business innovation and technological advancement.

Muster 2015 Main Stage

What Makes up a Muster:

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

  • Main Stage: Featuring expert talks and panel discussions on the latest business innovations and trends.Muster Chicago 2016
  • Technology Showcase: See the latest tech up-close and in-person. See mini demos throughout the day with a mid-day breakout session for demonstrations and hands-on activities.
  • Launch Lab: What does building a business from scratch look like? Witness the birth of a new business live as it happens!
  • 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 day’s event.
  • Networking Opportunities: Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in dialogue about the day’s content and build lasting connections.

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Select Speakers

Michael Piwowar

Michael Piwowar
Acting Chairman, SEC

Daniel Alarik

Daniel Alarik
CEO, Grunt Style

Douglas McCormick

Douglas McCormick
Managing Partner, HCI Equity

Meet with Venture Capitalists

As a part of the Explore and Discover portion of the Chicago Muster, attendees will have the opportunity to schedule some one-on-one time with a Venture Capitalist.

Bailey Moore Wintrust Ventures-BW

Bailey Moore
Wintrust Ventures

Brandon Shelton Task Force X-BW

Brandon Shelton
Task Force X Capital

Eric Potter Waterton-BW

Eric Potter

Jessica Droste Yagan Impact Engine-BW

Jessica Droste Yagan
Impact Engine

Jim Schultz Open Prarie-BW

Jim Schultz
Open Prairie Ventures

Paul Capon Luna Cap-BW

Paul Capon
Luna Cap Ventures

Rick Hurd

Samara Hernandez MATH-BW

Samara Hernandez
MATH Ventures

Learn more about the Venture Capitalists who will be available at the Chicago Muster.

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General Agenda

  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Registration, networking, and snacks
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Main Stage programming
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Explore & Discover – Check out the tech showcase, meet with subject matter experts or learn about the veteran businesses in our Bunker Labs community
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Keynote
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Dinner & Happy Hour
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Entertainment from ASAP, awards presentation, final remarks, and Launch Lab announcementBunker Launch Lab


Launch Lab (Runs Concurrently)

  • 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Building a business
  • 6:30 PM – 6:45 PM: Launch!


Hotel InformationOut of town guests can receive a 15% discount at the nearby Holiday Inn. To receive the 1871 corporate discount please follow these directions:

  • Call the hotel directly at 312-836-5000 and ask for in house reservations or email your reservation request directly to reservations@martplaza.com and mention your company “1871” (Corporate ID Number: 100303828, Rate Category: IE871)
  • Or use this Booking Link