This Week at Capitol Post (July 9 – 13)

Startup School Class Launches, ViR on CNN | This Week at Capitol Post, Jul 9 – 13th

We’re back from a two-week break to share a lot of great news and updates below. Enjoy! 

But, First, Thank You’s! 

Thank You: 

To all who came out for our Website Launch picnic at Capitol Post last month. The weather forced us to bring our Mission BBQ inside, but we still had a great time. Thanks to all who have shared their thoughts on our new site. Some pics from the BBQ are posted here.

To Chamber of Commerce Director of the Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Craig Buerstatte for visiting Capitol Post last week. 

To the Points of Light Civic Accelerator Veterans Solution Lab. Thank you to Megan Christianson and her team for asking us to be mentors! 

To Elliot Tommingo from the DC Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs for visiting Capitol Post this week.

To the Del Ray Business Association for featuring Capitol Post at its Summer First Thursdays last week.  

Startup School Launches 

And we’re off! Please help us welcome the latest cohort of Startup School that launched on Jun 27th.  

Name Company Military Service
Brendan Huff Datalus U.S. Army
Elizabeth Watson Remindful App
Jeff Heinz Anomoly Six U.S. Army
Keri Maloney Well Veteran U.S. Army
Michael Chang Sift Inc. U.S. Army
Nassir Sheikh Fresh Food Ideas U.S. Marine Corps
Rod Rodriguez Clear Commo U.S. Army
Ryan Haerer Sun Fish Farm U.S. Army
Will Fagg Tiny Brick Oven U.S. Navy

Click here to see pictures of the class and our first two sessions


Startup School, 08:30 – 11:30 AM, Woodrow Wilson Bridge, Capitol Post. 

Wed, Jul 11. Startup School Week 3: Your Customers, 08:30 – 11:30 AM 

Tue, Jul 18. Startup School Week 4: Go to Market, 08:30 – 11:30 AM

Wed, Jul 25. Startup School Week 5. Mid-Term Presentations, 08:30 – 11:30 AM 

Our Workshops/Events at Capitol Post. 

Tue, Jul 17. Founders Forum: Marketing vs. PR, 09:00 – 11:00 AM, Memorial Bridge Room. 

Thu, Jul 19Capitol Post Group 1:1’s. Learn more about Capitol Post’s programs, services, and co-working space 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Memorial Bridge Room, POC: Emily McMahan

Thu, Aug 9. Mentor Roundtable (by invitation), 08:30 – 11:30 AM, Woodrow Wilson Bridge Room.

Our Workshops/Events around the DMV. 

Tue, Jul 10. WeWork Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs presents Celebrating Cohort 1 of DC’s ViR. 12:00 – 2:00 pm, Washington DC. Pictures posted here. Thank you to Campaign Partners for sponsoring the lunch and taking our cohort through a demo of your platform! 

Wed, Jul 18Bunker Labs DC presents Bunker Brews: Tyke Night, bring your kids to Bunker Brews, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Scramble, Alexandria, Virginia. RSVP here.

Thu, Aug 2. Bunker Labs DC presents Bunker Brews: Slicing the Pie with Mike Moyer; the use of a dynamic equity split vs. a fixed equity split when exploring partnerships in an early stage startup, WeWork Dupont Circle, Washington, DC. Stay tuned for RSVP page. 

Partner Workshops/Events (Local) – July. 

Sun, Jul 15VETOGA presents Yoga and Beer11:00 – 3:00 pm, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery, Leesburg, VA, Buy tickets here. POC: Justin Blazejewski.

Thu, Jul 26 – Fri, Jul 273rd Annual Blockchain ConferenceGeorge Washington University – Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, Washington, DC, use promo code: COWORK40. 

Thu, Jul 26. Veterans in Global Leadership 2018 Summit Reception6:00 – 8:00 pm, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, POC: Justin Browder.

Thu, Jul 26. FH+H presents, Unlocking Marketing Strategy to Optimize Recruitment, The Forge at FH+H, Tysons, Virginia. 

Fri, Jul 27 – Sat, Jul 28DC Ebay StartUp Cup: Extreme Build a Business WeekendR.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, Washington, DC. 

Partner Workshops/Events (Local) – Aug. 

Wed, Aug 1. PenFed Foundation Raffle for Two Tickets to play at the Military Golf Classic2 pm. Buy tickets here.

Fri, Aug 17 – Sat, Aug 18. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office presents Invention Con 2018, USPTO Campus, Alexandria, Virginia. 


Welcome Capitol Post Summer Associates! 

CPT James Henderson (U.S. Army), currently stationed at USAREUR and attending the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business this fall 

Charlie Bollinger (Woodstock, Vermont) rising sophomore at American University. 

Welcome new Bunker Labs DC City Leader 

We are excited to welcome Dan Biga to the Bunker Labs DC team as a City Leader. Welcome, Dan! 

Member Spotlight On. 

Jay Morse, Faro International. Check out his Member Spotlight here.

Welcome To Our New Members. 

Connell Wise

Lamar Winslow

Valecia Biddix

Juan Biddix Jr.

Jennifer Jones 

Zachary Martin

Happy Capitol Post Anniversary To

Corey TitusTailored Financials (2017) 

Ozzie Angrish (2017)

Tina ClaflinHalcyon Reflections (2017) 

Congrats & Support Our Members. 

True Made Foods is now being sold in Walmart! Check it out here.

HillVets. Apply here to be a HillVets Fellow.

ARC. Congrats to Mike Canty and his team at ARC for being awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Grant (SBIR) to further research and Internet of Things (IoT) system for small arms detection and response. 

Armed Services Arts Partnership Show. Fri, Jul 27Comedy Show at The Torpedo Factory7:30 PM, Alexandria, VA. 

Congrats & In the News 

Vets getting boosts to be their own bosses, CNN, Jake Tapper, featuring the WeWork Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs cohort’s Mike CantyRennette Dallas, and Anda Greeney

MHLTalk Radio: Interview with Emily McMahan

WeWork Residence program helping vets embark on next careers, Fox News, featuring Bunker Labs NYC City Leader Mike Steadman and WeWork Director Todd Bowers

Distinguished Service Awards (Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce) (too many of our partners/businesses to mention – check them out here!)  

Rakkasan Tea Company to aid Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund conservation efforts in Rwanda, Rakkasan Tea Company

Quote of the Week. 

“It’s better to have people be happy using someone else’s product than disgruntled using yours.” – Jason Fried, Rework 

Local Capitol Post Restaurants We Are Loving. 

Haute Dog and Fries

Books We Are Reading (July) 

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman


Emily McMahan
Executive Director of Capitol Post

Capitol Post is a 501(c)(3) that teaches military veterans and their spouses how to think and act like entrepreneurs. Whether veterans and their spouses are starting a business or discovering their ideal career post-service, we provide coaching, business acceleration programs, networking opportunities, and office space for veterans to explore and de-risk the pursuit of their business or career objectives here in the DMV. Our goal is for every Washington-DC area-based veteran to feel fulfilled and proud of their post-military path.  
Capitol Post also supports the local DC chapter of Bunker Labs – a national not-for-profit organization that empowers the veteran community to become leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Work. Co-Working & Meeting Space: Come work with 33 other military-veteran led companies at Capitol Post in North Old Town Alexandria, Virginia (Capitol Post membership) or WeWork’s Veterans in Residence Program powered by Bunker Labs (no cost to accepted applicants; reciprocity at Capitol Post) 

Capitol Post Membership Options: 

Coworking ($300/month). 24/7 access to our awesome coworking space and conference rooms in North Old Town Alexandria, business subscriptions (like GovTribe), plus our Founders Membership

Virtual ($50/month). Business address and mailbox, 5 hours of conference room use, business subscriptions, plus our Founders Membership 

Flexible Day Passes. 5/10/15 Day Packages for more flexible schedules and needs

Learn more and sign up here under “choose your membership” on the main page. 


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