Program Overview: Bunker Labs PHL, is the Philadelphia Chapter of a national organization, built by veteran entrepreneurs, for veteran entrepreneurs. The Bunker aims to inspire, educate, and connect veterans so they can become future business owners and run their own startups. Bunker Labs provides a peer-learning environment for veteran entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurial education programs including weekly huddles and meetups, on top of a supportive network of veteran entrepreneurs, and mentors, the bunker is able to help connect veterans with a network of investors, all things that are beneficial to members.
Location: 601 Walnut St 12th Floor, Philadelphia PA 19106
Founded: January 2016
Mission: “To catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of the military experience to lead innovation in the American economy”
Chairman, Board of Directors: Mike Maher (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikemaherphl/)
Formerly a Naval Officer, Mike is a startup real estate entrepreneur. He’s passionate about building companies with amazing people and creating as much value and impact as possible. Mike is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy where he played varsity soccer, and he has an MBA from the DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova School of Business concentrating in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business. Currently, Mike is the Co-Founder & Chairman of Benjamin’s Desk, a coworking community of mobile professionals, entrepreneurs, and startups. In an effort to disrupt the residential real estate industry, Mike recently launched Houwzer, a startup real estate brokerage, where he is the Co-Founder & CEO. Mike currently serves at the Chairman for Bunker Labs.
Executive Director: Joe Witte (https://www.linkedin.com/in/joewitte/)
Joe Witte is the Executive Director for Bunker Labs PHL, an accelerator for veteran entrepreneurs. Joe is a former Captain in the US Army, Transportation Corps. He served for nine years as a reservist in logistics and completed a tour in 2005 for Operation Iraqi. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his outstanding service. He is also serving on the Board for the Liberty USO. Joe is an entrepreneur with a marketing and business development background in the digital and media industries. Joe has co-founded four start-ups and helped them generate more than $1mm in revenue. Joe is a proud husband and father of 5 kids. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing. Joe also provides consulting services for early stage businesses.
Marketing Director: Jessica Kornfeind (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicakornfeind/)
Jessica Kornfeind's B.A. in Electronic Media/Journalism and early career in sales has made her success in marketing exponentially better. From the beginning, she jumped into the social media world of Facebook and LinkedIn for businesses and is as seasoned as a social media marketing professional could be.
For over 6 years Jessica has been working in the social media and digital marketing space covering all things social selling, email marketing, online advertising and more. She is currently the Senior Marketing Manager at PrimePay and continues to expand her knowledge by consulting for a variety of businesses in the Philadelphia area.
Jessica comes from generations of service members in the Air Force and Marines, including her brother who is a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.