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Wednesday, Sep 18
12:00pm — 1:30pm
Location TBA
165 attending

Entrepreneur Story Showcase (sponsored by the Ford Fund)

Join us for some delicious LUNCH bites and and enjoy this story-based twist on a pitch competition--think Shark Tank meets TED Talks). Five military veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs from across the country are competing for prizes of $5,000 and $3,500 generously donated by the Ford Fund.

Governor Jared Polis will help kick off this session where you as an audience member will help a panel of judges determine which story of entrepreneurial struggle and success stands out above the rest.

If you’ve ever felt alone, challenged, or simply uninspired, you must make time to come to Bunker Labs Entrepreneur Showcase. Five military veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs will share their successes and failures with you an a panel of judges as they compete for over $8,000 in cash prizes and a chance to get a documentary made of their story.

  • Struggle along side two combat veterans who nearly succumbed to their darkest hours but somehow managed to turn to each other and their veteran community to found a company dedicated to helping others with cutting edge brain therapy.

  • Persevere along with a military spouse whose lifelong dream of becoming a doctor and serving her country was shattered by a medical condition only to later found a meal preparation and nutrition business.

  • Embrace uncertainty with a former Special Forces veteran who dropped out of Navy Seal training, broke his back multiple times, and ends up founding a company that helps others deal with uncertainty and embrace freedom.

  • Build the right team with a Navy veteran who grew from selling popcorn door-to-door, to founding a thriving business, to walking away disillusioned with the entrepreneurial hustle, and now finally returning once again to put together another venture simply because of the power of the connections of his new team.

  • Believe that a former Marine who gave up a highly successful consulting business to pursue his dream of entrepreneurship that lost him his marriage can brew a better beer and make happier people.

This is one of three Denver Startup Week events on 9/18 that are part of the Bunker Labs annual Muster Across America Tour, presented by JPMorgan Chase. The tour takes place across the country connecting veterans in business, empowering the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and fostering growth through knowledge.

Attend two of our three events and enjoy extra free drinks at our networking celebration back at Dazzle at 4pm (where the first 100 attendees also get a goodie bag loaded with some great swag)!