The Muster RDU



September 21, 2017

MetLife Global Technology Campus

101 MetLife Way, Cary, North Carolina

The event is free for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members. Registration is requested at EventBrite.


The event welcomes veterans, corporate partners, and innovators to come, bring their best ideas and develop new connections and insights


Muster Across America

Bunker Labs, a national network of entrepreneurs founded by military veterans to help other veterans start and grow businesses, is excited to announce the Muster Across America Tour. Presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Muster Across America Tour 2017 will travel to 14 cities across the country to showcase veteran entrepreneurs, empower local entrepreneurial ecosystems with large-scale events, and serve as the launching point for local Bunker Labs chapters. 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.


Tour Schedule

February 23, 2017 | Washington D.C | Capitol Post

May 5, 2017 | Seattle/Tacoma, WA | University of Washington

May 11, 2017 | Columbus, OH| REV1

May 18, 2017 | Chicago, IL | 1871

May 24, 2017 | Nashville, TN | Nashville Entrepreneur Center

September 21, 2017 | Raleigh-Durham, NC | MetLife

September 27, 2017 | Philadelphia, PA | Benjamin’s Desk

October 3, 2017 | Austin, TX | TBD

October 10, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN | TBD

October 12, 2017 | Madison, WI | TBD

October 20, 2017 | Jacksonville, FL | ColabJax

October 26, 2017 | San Francisco Bay Area | TBD


Be A Part of the Southeast's Premier Veteran Innovation Event!

This year’s program will bring together over 300 participants and partners for a full day of veteran entrepreneurs pitching their businesses, an Idea Lab, and a Marketplace to showcase opportunities and products from veteran-owned small businesses and companies that support the veteran community.


The Muster RDU

Bunker Labs Raleigh-Durham, a 501(c)3 organization committed to veteran entrepreneurship, is excited to announce the Muster RDU.  Presented by the Military Veterans Network at MetLife, the Muster RDU will be held on Thursday, September 21st from 9am – 5pm at the MetLife Global Technology Campus in the Research Triangle Park.  The event welcomes veterans, corporate partners, and innovators to come, bring their best ideas and develop new connections and insights.

Program Elements

The Muster RDU offers veteran businesses, sponsors and partners a unique opportunity to highlight their services, programs and commitment to military professionals through participation in one or more of the event’s core elements:


Idea Lab

Featuring expert talks and panel discussions, where our guests  and partners present their insight.  Talks and panel discussions with political, military and corporate leaders will cover topics such as, procurement, technology, investment and talent landscape, and veteran social impact.

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The Pitch Stage

A showcase competition where veteran entrepreneurs compete for the title of top-performing veteran-led startup.   This year’s Pitch Stage will host 12 start-up companies.

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A space for Bunker member companies, other veteran-owned business and businesses that support the veteran community to showcase opportunities, programs, products and services.

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Post-Event Networking Reception

Refreshments and food will be served and attendees will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the day’s content and business connections.



8:00 AM     —   9:00 AM       Check-in, Breakfast & Networking

9:00 AM     —   12:00 PM     Opening Ceremonies, Speakers, Panels & Breakout Sessions

12:00 PM   —   1:00 PM       Lunch, Keynote Presentation

1:00 PM     —   3:00 PM       Pitch Stage

3:00 PM     —   4:00 PM       Speakers, Awards and Closing Remarks

4:00 PM     —   5:30 PM       Market Place, Open Networking, Food and Drinks


Who's Coming to the Muster RDU?

Here are just a few examples of the extraordinary business and community leaders who are part of our local network and will be attending the Muster RDU.


Marques Ogden - Keynote Speaker

Author of Sleepless Nights – The NFL: A Business & Family

Marques Ogden: Former NFL offensive lineman Marques Ogden rose to success from being a red-shirted freshman on his Howard University football team, to being drafted by the NFL, to play for 5 years on NFL teams including the Jaguars, Titans, Bills and Ravens. Now he is a respected entrepreneur, businessman, mentor, sought-after motivational speaker, and best-selling author.

Pulling wisdom from his life experiences, including his single father’s life lessons enforcing integrity, strong work-ethic and encouragement towards education; his years of playing football, including inspiration from the greatest coaches in the world; and from both successful and failed business ventures, Ogden’s current passion and efforts are being directed towards his new role as President, CEO, program creator and motivational speaker of The Ogden Speaking Academy.

Ogden also shares his personal and professional stories with organizations across the United States, at universities and commencement ceremonies, and at major corporations, including 2 Fortune 500 companies, First Citizen’s Bank (#496) and Netapp (#458). As well as 4 Fortune 100 companies, JP Morgan (#18), Cisco (#55), Siemens (#58) and Net York Life (#61). He also authored an autobiography in 2015, Sleepless Nights, The NFL: A Business and Family, which became a best seller in only 2 days on Amazon, and reached #28 on Amazon’s top 100 list under the category of American Football. He is now working on a second book which will focus on his upbringing and his career in public speaking.


Former Offensive Lineman

Respected Entrepreneur

Business Mentor

Motivational Speaker

Best-Selling Author


Daniel Alarik - Select Speaker

Founder & CEO of Grunt Style, Speaker, US Army Infantry Drill Sergeant

Danial Alarik was born April 19, 1982 in California.  He moved to the Chicago area when he was in grade school.  After graduating high school in 2000, Danial decided to join the Army.  During his time in service he was deployed twice and spent three years as a drill sergeant where he trained over 2,000 soldiers.  Daniel married his wife, Elizabeth, in 2008, and had his son, Ethan, a year later.  Daniel decided that leaving active duty Army to transfer to was the best decision for his family.

Upon leaving active duty, Daniel wanted to continue his passion for pride in service and patriotism in being an American and founded Grunt Style, a patriotic apparel company with only $1,200.  Grunt Style is now one of the fastest growing apparel companies online.  In 2015, Daniel founded Alpha Outpost, a monthly box subscription club, that has grown from $0 to over $8 Million in revenue within 12 months.  Daniel continues as CEO of both thriving companies, employing over 200 people, more than half of which are military veterans.  The combined value of both companies is now over $100 Million and growing.

Art Pappas - Select Speaker

Managing Partner at Pappas Ventures, Business Leader, US Army 101st Airborne, Decorated Vietnam Veteran

Art Pappas has over 30 years of operating experience as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry executive, and venture capital investor in life science companies. Art founded Pappas Capital in 1994, and over the past two decades the firm has managed more than $535 million in capital and invested in more than 70 life science companies through its flagship Pappas Ventures business unit, as well as its Specialized Fund Management business unit.

Art currently serves as a director for Aura Biosciences and OrphoMed, and as a board observer for Real Endpoints. Prior to founding Pappas Capital, Art held senior level leadership positions at several multinational pharmaceutical companies for which he was responsible for the development, licensing and launch of a number of global products.

Art is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, where he was a past chair, and the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for Research Development. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Wistar Institute (a National Cancer Institute center), the Board of Advisors of the Duke Cancer Institute, and the Advisory Board of the BioExec Institute. He is also a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and BayHelix, an organization of global life science community leaders. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association. Art is a decorated Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer in the US Army 101st Airborne Division and 2nd PSYOP Airborne Group JFK Special Warfare Center. Art received a BS in biology from Ohio State University and an MBA in finance from Xavier University.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Be a part of the Southeast's Premier Entrepreneurship & Innovation Event!

With such a large number of veteran run businesses, entrepreneurs, influential executives and decision makers in attendance, the Muster RDU offers an unparalleled sponsorship opportunity. Corporate backers have the option to sponsor a variety of events, workshops and resources — from the Marketplace  to the Pitch Stage. Your sponsorship provides an opportunity for you to access and educate key constituencies and demonstrates your commitment to transforming Raleigh-Durham into the center of veteran entrepreneurial activity.

Sponsorship packages are available in a wide range of options. If your company is interested in sponsoring, please download the Event Flyer and Sponsorship Packet for more information or make a sponsorship request.


Sponsorship Packet

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