5 Veteran-Led Businesses Innovating in Phoenix

Being in the military is a great honor in this country. But when the brave men and women return from serving the United States, many turn to entrepreneurship as a way to continue supporting themselves and their families. In fact, nine percent of all businesses in this country are veteran-owned, representing nearly six million employees, and $1.2 trillion in sales receipts. Between their commitment, their drive, and their ability to critically think under pressure, startup founder is the obvious next step for returning veterans.

Phoenix is also home to veteran-led businesses, and they are especially important in this beautiful desert city, as they produce more on average than civilian businesses. If you’re interested in finding out what these veteran-led businesses and incubator are up to in Phoenix, take a look at a few of them below and be sure to check out Phoenix Startup Week powered by Chase for Business if you’re in the area:

The Armory

Veterans are a collection of some of the most dedicated, successful, and driven individuals the nation has to offer. That’s why The Armory, founded by Phillip Potter, hopes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem around veteran founders by launching and scaling profitable and investment-worthy businesses founded by veterans. They generate deal flow and revenues so that these businesses can be profitable in no time.

“It’s tremendously rewarding to work with such mission-focused individuals as they validate new business concepts and change the course of their lives,” said Potter.


Founded by Paulo Shakarian and Jana Shakarian, Cyber Reconnaissance, Inc. (trade name: CYR3CON™) specializes in identifying cyber-threats in the earliest stages. Our software leverages both human analysts and advanced machine learning capabilities to search portions of the Internet where malicious hackers organize, plan, purchase malware, sell exploits, and conduct other activities prior to conducting a cyber-attack.

Rush Club LLC

Rush Club is an adrenaline-driven, heart-pounding, what-the-hell-did-I-just-see fitness entertainment that grabs your attention. Athletes go head-to-head in a competition for the title belt in their class. Founded by AJ Richards, Stacey Snyder, Kevin Korczyk, and Danny Page, the Rush Club stage is inclusive where elite adaptive athletes, missing limbs or in wheelchairs, share equal billing with non-adaptive athletes as they compete to be the best in their division.

EZ Dump Commercial Inc.

Founded by, Jack Fisher, Kiran RajBhandary, and Gary Baudisch, EZ Dump Commercial Inc. (EZDC), is an innovative design and engineering company focused on the waste receptacle needs of the commercial users in restaurant, hospitality, office, education, industrial and healthcare markets, offering a patented and safer solution – SmartcanMax.

Zendoks Wellness, LLC

Founded by Tom Bishop, Dan Rubin, and Dan Taffe, Zendoks is a technology startup focusing on building a platform to help facilitate the digital health revolution. We truly believe that the healthcare landscape will continue to change dramatically as consumer wearable technology becomes more prevalent.

Read more about the startup ecosystem in Phoenix here on Tech.Co

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