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Muster-Green Bay to #Inspire, #Educate & #Connect Entrepreneurs

Michael Ertmer

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

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Active military, guard/reserve, veteran or student 1d 4h 20m $10.00 $0.00
Business professional, employer, entrepreneur or small business 1d 4h 20m $25.00 $0.00

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Celebrate Business, Entrepreneurs & Veterans at The Muster!

Bunker Labs' mission is to #inspire, #educate, and #connect military veteran entrepreneurs to the startup community, business/civic leaders, angel/venture investors, and each other.

The Muster-Green Bay features comments from  business-civic-elected leaders who are military veterans, innovative panels from the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Wisconsin Technology Council, and culminates with a #BunkerBrews #Comcast business/professional networking "happy hour" (with Hors d'oeuvres and open bar) and "Pressure Test / Demo Day" from EPIC Innovator Academy companies.


It is unique event to celebrate military veteran entrepreneurs/employees and the launch event for the “Muster Across Wisconsin” tour that will travel to UW-System campus cities around the state based on a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).

The event is sponsored by Associated Bank, Bank of Luxemburg, Nicolet Bank, The Stephenson National Bank, and the Wisconsin Bankers Association.

You NO NOT Need To Be A Military Veteran To Attend - All Entrepreneurs, Large Employers, Small Businesses & Startups Are Welcome!

Invite all the veterans and military families/spouses you know or come and meet your first among the 1% of the population that serve.  While the event features military veterans, all business professionals and entrepreneurs are welcome.  Come for the excellent professional development and opportunity to meet business/civic leaders, stay for the outstanding professional networking.

After World War II, 49% of military veterans became entrepreneurs who owned and operated a business and helped lead America’s post-war economic boom, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). Approximately 40% of Korean War veterans did the same, creating millions of jobs along the way. Today, however, the Department of Defense estimates that 200,000 service members transition from active duty in the U.S. each of the next five years, and the IVMF has found that more than 20% of them want to start their own business but only 6% will become entrepreneurs.  Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, that translates to 3,500 veterans and 700 potential new businesses each year to join the 40,147 veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin.


Lambeau Field · Terrace Suites
1265 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54304


Wednesday · May 24 · 2017

3:00-3:30 p.m. - Registration, beverages, snacks & "Open For Business"
                          Michael Semmann - COO, Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA)
                           Launched by Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA)
                           Associated Bank · Bank of Luxemburg
                           Nicolet Bank · The Stephenson National Bank

3:30-4:30 p.m. - “Resources to start & grow a business”
                           Tara Carr - Dir. UW-Green Bay SBDC
                           Nancy Mistele - Office of Business Development
                           #Educate powered by UW-Extension & Wisconsin SBDCs

4:30-5:30 p.m. - “Investment capital landscape" (in Green Bay & Wis.)
                           Tom Still - President, Wis. Tech. Council
                           David Trotter - Managing Director, Winnebago Seed Fund
                           Michael Semmann - COO, Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA)
                           #Educate energized by Wisconsin Technology Council

5:30-6:00 p.m. - Bob Simmons (Army), Senior Vice President, Associated Bank
                           Introduced by WDVA Asst. Dep. Sec. Kathy Marschman (Army)
                           #Inspire led by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

6:00-7:30 p.m. - #BunkerBrews business/professional networking "happy hour"
                           #Connect Hors d'oeuvres and open bar innovated by Comcast

                           Introduction to Bunker Labs + Innovator Academy pitches
                           Michael Ertmer (Army) - Exec. Dir. Bunker Labs Wis.
                           Launched by Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC)

Select attendees & speakers include:

Bob Simmons *, Sr. V.P., Associated Bank
Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technology Council
Kathy Marschman *, Asst. Dep. Sec., Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)
Michael Semmann, COO, Wisconsin Bankers Association
David Trotter, Fund Manager, Winnebago Seed Fund
Chris Schiffner, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
Nancy Mistele, Office of Small Business Development
Tara Carr, UW-Green Bay SBDC Director
Michael Ertmer *, Executive Director, Bunker Labs Wisconsin Inc.

* Military veteran

Entrance & free parking:

Free parking at Lambeau Field.  Please park at enter through the Shopko Gate at the South end of Lambeau Field.  There is construction in the area so parking closest to the door may be limited.  Lambeau personnel and signs will direct you to the Terrace Suites

About Bunker Labs:

Bunker Labs Wisconsin Inc. is among the founding cohort/locations of the leading national network of military veteran entrepreneurs that was created to help fellow veterans start and grow businesses. We are a startup that serves startups in Wisconsin and a proud chapter of Bunker Labs NFP Inc., a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) that has grown to 15 cities across the nation since launching in 2014, including: Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Madison, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Our mission is to inspire, educate, and connect military veteran entrepreneurs to the startup community, business leaders, angel/venture investors, and each other. We accomplish our mission by providing educational programming, professional development for aspiring entrepreneurs, experienced mentors, technology platforms, events and direct access to business networks to help military veterans excel professionally. In short, we deliver business mentorship, professional networking events, technology platforms, and access to investment capital to help veteran-owned startups and businesses succeed.

We are excited to announce the “Muster Across Wisconsin” 2017 tour designed to build and lead premier business events at six to twelve University of Wisconsin-System campus cities in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Small Business Development Centers and the Wisconsin Technology Council. These events will showcase successful business leaders and entrepreneurs who happen to be military veterans, empower local business/entrepreneurial ecosystems, and “Inspire-Educate-Connect” local markets with mentorship, access to investment capital, and innovative leaders and ideas.

Startups: Help vets, help the economy
By Douglas McCormick & Michael Ertmer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Sep. 25, 2016

Bunker Labs is mustering veterans, entrepreneurs, business leaders and elected officials to attack the biggest impediment to financial security for Wisconsin citizens - a lack of entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is one of the best ways to grow the economy and promote financial security. A recent Kauffman Foundation study has generated lots of discussion, and controversy, across the state about the health of entrepreneurship in Wisconsin. According to the report, Wisconsin ranked last for start-up activity among the largest 25 states in the nation. While there are valid reasons to debate the methodology and accuracy of the state ranking, there should be no ambiguity about the conclusion: Wisconsin can, and must, do a better job encouraging and nurturing start-up activity.


Have questions about Muster-Green Bay to #Inspire, #Educate & #Connect Entrepreneurs? Contact Michael Ertmer

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Lambeau Field · Terrace Suites · Shopko Gate (South)
1265 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)

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