5 Veteran-Led Startups Found at Bunker Labs Company Showcase

Conor Cawley

While the entrepreneurial experience can be hectic, stressful, and downright hard at times, veterans are often prepared to run a business because of the skills they learn in the service. From being accountable for everything you do to understanding the importance of adaptability, veterans make for great entrepreneurs. And at Columbus Startup Week powered by Chase for Business, you’ll have a chance to see these veteran entrepreneurs in action.

During the Bunker Labs Company Showcase, you’ll have the opportunity to see a number of veteran-led startups showcase their products and services for attendees of the event. There will also be a happy hour immediately following the showcase, where attendees will have a chance to meet-n-greet with the companies who presented.

If you’re interested in learning about a few interesting veteran-founded companies, take a look at a few of them below and look up their businesses in the Ohio area:


As an F-16 mechanic in the Air Force, Tom Burden was frustrated with tools sliding off the aircraft while using them. This led him to invent the Grypmat, a patented, flexible, non-slip tool tray that provides users a safe, close location to rest their hardware without worry of losing them or scratching delicate work surfaces. From under the hood of a car to the kitchen table or even on a fighter jet, the Grypmat’s brightly colored and heat resistant material makes it impossible to lose even the smallest fastener in any location.


PowerSage provides a unique amenity for developers and property managers to add to their multifamily communities. They deliver an energy management system that provides property managers the information they need to lower maintenance costs, reduce their vacant and common area costs, and offer a unique amenity to attract and retain renters. Unlike utility companies that send a bill with unfamiliar terms and an amount due, PowerSage provides real time appliance level information on the resident's smartphone, in easy-to-understand terms.


We use proprietary technology to serve the clean foods market with wholesome frozen desserts. We believe dessert can be delicious And healthy. Our primary offering is pints of our flagship product, Fronana, a healthy and delicious alternative to ice cream we make with bananas. Each pint is four servings of fruit, and each serving is fewer than 100 calories. With no dairy, added sugar, or artificial ingredients, it's vegan and diabetic friendly, wholesome, healthy, and delicious. It's so good for you, you'll eat it for breakfast, and so tasty you'll eat it for dessert.


Refill is bringing the on-demand experience to the food and beverage industry. By connecting retailers, brands, arenas, stadiums, to customers like never before, they’re changing the way you enjoy your favorite snacks. Customers 21 and older can even order their favorite alcohol or snacks and have it delivered in under one hour.

College Ease

College Ease is an online platform where 13-24 year olds can learn about future educational and economic opportunities, connect with academic institutions, and interact with companies around the world to follow their dreams and enhance their lives. They have the opportunity to solve one of the world’s biggest problems (wasted talent) and create a billion dollar business (LinkedIn for High School) at the same time.

Read more about the Columbus startup ecosystem here on Tech.Co

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Conor is the Senior Writer for Tech.co. For the last five years, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His extensive background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host tech-centric events like Startup Night at SXSW and the Timmy Awards for Tech in Motion. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.

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