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.


2018 Tour Schedule

March 8, 2018 | Washington D.C

May 16, 2018| Nashville, Tennessee

May 17, 2018 | Chicago, Illinois

May 23, 2018 | Austin, Texas

August 22, 2018 | Detroit, Michigan

September 20, 2018 | Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

September 26, 2018 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October (TBD), 2018 | Columbus, Ohio

October 9, 2018 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 11, 2018 | Bozeman, Montana

October 18, 2018 | Seattle, Washington

October 24, 2018 | San Francisco Bay Area, California

October 25, 2018 | Los Angeles, California

October (TBD), 2018 | New York, New York

November 8, 2018 | Madison, Wisconsin

November (TBD), 2018 | San Antonio, Texas


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

Brain Hamilton: Co-founded Sageworks, the country’s first fintech and largest provider of software to U.S. banks. He sold the company to leading private equity firm Accel-KKR in 2018. He is also the founder of the Brian Hamilton Foundation, which provides access to entrepreneurship to people who wouldn’t otherwise have it.

Hamilton holds two 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.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Steven Eugene Kuhn - Select Speaker

Principal S2K2 Precision Management

Steven Eugene Kuhn: is a decorated U.S. Military combat veteran who turns failing business into success across Europe and the US.  Steven has been handpicked to consult some of the most influential people in the world about how to expand their brand, build value and loyalty and develop strategies for increasing beneficial relationships.  Throughout his career Steven has led international organizations, managed multi continent projects, and coached executive teams in non-traditional ways that led to significant success across the board.

Steven hails from Pennsylvania in the USA and served in the U.S. Army from 1986 -1993 based in Germany.  During his service career Steven served one tour in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm as a Sergeant.

Upon discharge from the Army, Kuhn continued to live in Europe where he later became a best-selling author, a multi-country start-up and turn-around specialist, as well as a political consultant all while simultaneously completing his MBA at the prestigious Bradford University School of Business Management in Leeds, U.K.

There is “one thing” responsible for Steven Kuhns ability to create and maintain priceless relationships that allow him to live an extraordinary life. From being a bodyguard to celebrities like Mick Jagger, to working side-by-side with Andrea Boccelli and Olivia Newton John, to starting over 20 successful businesses and serving prominent clients as a business, political, and branding consultant in nine countries and across 15 different industries over the past 20 years; he owes it all to the application of Honesty, Integrity and Transparency. (H.I.T.) Steven will introduce you to H.I.T. and show you how to transform your life from ordinary to extraordinary


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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