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10 Military Veteran Startups Everyone in Tech Should Know

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Here at Bunker Labs, we are so thrilled to see the recent surge in military veteran entrepreneurship. Our mission is to catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of the military experience to lead innovation in the American economy and to empower veterans as leaders in innovation.

Bunker Labs Realizes our Mission by:

  • Connecting current and former military service members with thriving, diverse, relevant, and local networks.
  • Educating by creating a laboratory environment for military service members to build and test new solutions for customers, veterans, and the American economy. Learn more.
  • Inspiring with our online gamification platform. Sign up

As most of you know, we recently launched in the Bay Area in partnership with GSVlabs. We know that talent is evenly disbursed across the globe, but opportunity is not.

Bunker Labs’ portfolio companies have raised over $25 million in capital and realized over $17 million in revenue. We have seen first-hand how having a veteran as a co-founder can be part of a startup’s “unfair advantage.”

To inspire, educate, and connect the Bay Area with veterans, we recently partnered with Wells Fargo to hold a pitch event in San Francisco. We brought together veteran-led startups from all over the country to pitch to Wells Fargo senior executives with expertise in innovation, security, and their virtual accelerator. Several other VC and angel investors were on hand to see the best and brightest in veteran startups. Feedback was phenomenal, and we think you will agree.

If you want to meet more phenomenal veterans, come to our next event on December 6. It will be great for startups, investors, and advisors alike. We are hosting a “Mentor Madness Event” – a two-sided marketplace that will bring together investors, mentors, and advisors with the best veteran startups. To participate on either side reserve a spot here.

Great Veteran-Led Companies to Watch


Company: QWYKR
Veteran CEO: Don Rector

Qwykr is a mobile application that helps companies save money on employee expense reports by increasing transparency of their ground transportation costs through its ground transportation scheduling software.

Check out their website here


Company: ID.me
Veteran CEO: Blake Hall

ID.me’s Identity Gateway is designed to increase trust and efficiency in account opening and digital transactions.

Check our their website here


Company: Rhumbix
Veteran CEO: Zach Scheel

Rhumbix provides a workforce telematics platform for construction, combining data entry in the field from smartphones with data analytics to improve labor productivity on project site.

Check out their website here


Company: Simple Disability
Veteran CEO: Ted Stearns

Simple Disability has developed the very first and only end-to- end digital platform for individual disability insurance.

Check out their website here


Company: Tokken
Veteran CEO: Larmine Zarrad

Tokken is a technology platform that extends banking services to cash intensive, un-bankable businesses.

Check out their website here

Company: Docio
Veteran CEO: Mike Potts


Docio is a real-time product portfolio intelligence and software development analytics solution, helping customers drive operational excellence to manage risk, accelerate growth, and deliver real business value through software

Check out their website here


Company: Efflux
Veteran CEO: Mike McNerney

Efflux is a scalable solution, designed to automate cyber intrusion analysis and investigation. The goal is to bring greater automation and efficiency to incident response

Check out their website here


Company: vThreat
Veteran CEO: Marcus Carey

vThreat allows organizations to find the systems most likely to be hacked and helps organizations mitigate the risk within the first 48 hours of discovery

Check out their website here


Company: Akouba
Veteran CEO: Chris Rentner

Akouba provides an online digital onboarding platform that enables financial institutions to lend money to small businesses simply, efficiently, and profitably through an omni-channel experience.

Check out their website here


About Bunker Labs:


Founded in 2014, Bunker Labs is a national not-for- profit program. We believe veterans are our greatest national human asset, and we aim to inspire, educate, and connect transitioning service members and veterans as they seek to launch their own ventures. Our locations nationwide, including in the Bay Area, provide our members with programming and entrepreneurship classes, a support network of 500+ professionals, access to fundraising, and more. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Author: Derek Distenfield is an Army veteran, serial entrepreneur, and the Executive Director of the Bunker Labs SF-Bay Area.