The Muster RDU



March 14th, 2019

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 will travel to 16 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.


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, March 14th from 9am – 7pm 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.


In addition to our fantastic lineup of guest speakers, The Muster RDU features countless leaders from the innovation, entrepreneurship, financing, corporate and the non-profit space.   All of them are influencers and experts in their respective fields who will share their experiences to help you learn and grow your business.

To learn more about all of our guests and to see the full agenda along with workshop and panel descriptions, you can click the link below…

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:


Main Stage

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.   Five finalists for the region have been selected for this years event and will compete for a $10,000 prize.  If you have a company and would like to pitch at next years event, it is never too early to register and get involved.  So please apply and come out in support of this years event.

Apply Now To Pitch Your Business At The Muster RDU


Mission Showcase

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

Sign-up Your Company To Be A Part of the Mission Showcase

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 build lasting business connections.



Who's Coming to the Muster RDU?

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


David Morken - Select Speaker

Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of Bandwidth

David Morken: is the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Bandwidth and is the Co-founder and Chairman of Republic Wireless. Prior to founding Bandwidth in 1999, Mr. Morken served on active duty in the Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate and Headquarters Company Commander.

Morken was named the Ernst & Young 2013 Entrepreneur of The Year in the Southeast Region and Gold Stevie Award winner for Maverick of the Year in the 2013 American Business Awards.

In 2008 Bandwidth made the Inc. 500 list for the third consecutive year as the 4th fastest growing privately held company in the U.S. and the fastest growing telecommunications company from 2002 to 2007. In 2008 Morken was named one of the Triangle Business Journal”s 40 Under 40 top business leaders in RTP.

In 1994, Morken Co-founded the Internet”s first online tax filing service,  Morken is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and a member of the Virginia Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University where he served as President of the Student Association.

Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton - Select Speaker

Co-Founder of Sageworks and Founder of the Brian Hamilton Foundation

Brian Hamilton co-founded Sageworks, the country’s  first fintech and largest provider of software to U.S.  banks. He sold the company to a leading private equity  firm in 2018. He is also the founder of Inmates to  Entrepreneurs, a national program that helps people  with criminal records start their own small businesses.  Inmates to Entrepreneurs is supported by the Brian  Hamilton Foundation, which provides access to  entrepreneurship to people who wouldn’t otherwise  have it.

Hamilton holds multiple patents for his work in  automating financial analysis. He is a regular guest on  CNBC and Fox and is regularly quoted in and writes for  all major national media publications. He is also a  contributor to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines.

The first in his family to attend college, Brian holds an undergraduate degree  from Sacred Heart University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and  an MBA from Duke University’s graduate school of business.

Cameron Cruse - Select Speaker

Co-Founder, COO of R. Riveter

Cameron Cruse is Co-CEO of R. Riveter. Along with her business partner, she founded the handbag company and set out to provide mobile, flexible income for military spouses across the country. Cameron graduated from SCAD in 2011 with a Masters in Architecture from and a BFA in Architecture in 2010. Currently living in Southern Pines, NC with her family it has also become home for the company’s flagship Retail store and R. Riveter FabShop.

In 2015, R. Riverter opened its first brick and mortar store in Southern Pines, North Carolina. One year later, Cruse and co-founder Lisa Bradley appeared on a special Shark Tank episode featuring veteran businesses. Shark Tank host Mark Cuban offered Cruse and Bradley $100,000 and a line of credit for new machinery for 20% equity in their company. They used the money on marketing, opening a new production warehouse and hiring more military spouses.

R. Riveter has been recognized on the list of Inc’s 500 fastest growing private companies for the last two years (2017, 2018). Cameron was named one of the 25 people changing the future of retail in 2019 by the NRF and Apparel’s 30 under 30 in 2018. Cameron is a mother of two and proud Military Spouse. A Self-proclaimed optimist with southern roots and a passion for creative, design + problem solving. She is a firm believer that we are stronger together than we are apart.

Cameron Cruse

Muster RDU Event Flyer


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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