Philadelphia, Pa., February 8, 2017 – Bunker Labs Philadelphia, a peer-learning environment for veteran entrepreneurs, today announced that eleven companies have been selected to participate in its Entrepreneurial Program for Innovation and Collaboration (EPIC) cohort class of 2017.  This diverse and exciting group of veteran-owned companies consists of technology startups and services companies covering a wide range of sectors.

“The entire Bunker Labs organization is thrilled to introduce the Philadelphia chapter’s second cohort,” said Joe Witte, Program Director for Bunker Labs Philadelphia.  “We had an incredible experience and learned so much through our first cohort, culminating with the highly-regarded Muster Event.  This second class of companies brings a unique perspective for solving problems that exist in today’s world.”

The Bunker Labs Philadelphia Class of 2017

  • Geo Graves, LLC: Founded by Dan Carlson (US Air Force), GEO Graves, LLC is a geospatial company founded on the premise of helping families and friends easily find the grave of their someone special through advanced GPS and online mapping technologies via any online device, even a simple smartphone.
  • NeuroFlow: Co-founders Chris Molaro (US Army) and Adam Pardes founded the company in 2016.  NeuroFlow's software analyzes a patient's physiological response to stressful stimulus in order to better gauge and understand the state of someone's mental health.  Patients are outfitted with commercially-available wearables to send biometric data to NeuroFlow's software platform for analysis by a proprietary algorithm.
  • Barn Owl: Barn Owl helps farmers and cattle ranchers improve efficiency in their businesses. The company installs water tank sensors and wireless receivers so that you can check water levels from your phone. In addition to running Barn Owl, co-founders Josh Phifer (US Air Force) and Vince Kuchar (US Army) are both currently MBA students at The Wharton School.
  • Gauze: Chris Garber (US Army) and Suz Garber co-founded Gauze in 2015 after Chris suffered a major-medical setback caused by a US physician that left him determined to ensure that all patients are treated with the utmost care and transparency. Gauze is a global database of 20,000 hospitals to help others find the exact medical facility for their healthcare needs.
  • EGA Associates, LLC: Founded by CEO Jeremy Mock (US Marine Corps/US Navy) in 2012, EGA Associates, LLC is an employee-owned Service Disabled-Owned Small Business committed to meeting the needs of its clients through providing a range of customized recruiting and staffing solutions.
  • The Comprehensive Accident Reconstruction Specialists (C.A.R.S.): The C.A.R.S. Groups concentrates on civil crash reconstruction projects, vehicular insurance, fraud identification, and criminal defense.  Founded by CEO Preston L. Forchion, II ACTAR (US Army), the group also specializes in event data recorder imaging and interpretation, pedestrian/bicyclist accidents, and general passenger vehicle accident reconstruction.
  • SwiKET: SwiKET targets the vast inventory from antique stores to create a virtual space for business owners, dealers, and everyday consumers to operate.  CEO Lyle Gal (US Army) anticipates SwiKET will establish new protocol and become the standard for this $20 billion industry in the digital age.
  • Hire Served: CEO Jean South (military spouse and former FBI Special Agent), has paired her involvement in the FBI and her time in talent placement to create Hire Served, a talent placement agency dedicated to the placement of military talent in civilian occupations. The company offers consultative talent placements, translating between military speak and corporate lingo for clients.  Through individual coaching and courses, they teach job hunters to analyze and leverage their LinkedIn Networks in order to network the FBI Way.
  • CyberSecurity for Hire: Ron Fulton (US Army) has worked in Information Security Operations for over 25 years for Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security.  CyberSecurity for Hire helps clients' businesses adapt, thrive and grow while protecting what matters most.
  • GROUNDiT: Founded by CEO Jacob Murphy (US Army) in 2015, GROUNDiT connects household consumers with residential providers in order to fulfill on-demand requests for landscaping and snow services.
  • Dan Tobon (US Army), former CEO at StarchUp, is currently in beta for a new real estate venture and will be announcing more information soon. 

The EPIC course is specifically tailored to fit the schedules of veteran business owners who often have primary jobs as well as families. Bunker Labs Epic program educates entrepreneurs  on the importance of branding, communication, fundraising and sales; learn from seasoned mentors and advisors who have run organizations from startups to fortune 500 companies themselves; and connect with the resources, investors and the network needed to be successful in the chaotic world of entrepreneurship.

The 18 week program is made possible through generous contributions from companies like Comcast and JPMorgan Chase committed to supporting veteran entrepreneurs.

About Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit organization built by military Veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military Veterans as leaders in innovation.  Through local chapters organized in 8 different cities including Philadelphia, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military Veterans start and grow businesses.  Bunker Labs works to inspire, educate, and connect Veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators.  Our online platform, Bunker in a Box, gives active duty and Veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military Veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses.  For more information, please visit bunkerlabs.org or http://bunkerlabsphl.com/, follow us on Twitter @BunkerLabsPHL and #BunkerBuilds or like us on Facebook.

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