Phil Castro

Founder at Kamp

Founder & CEO of BarPass Founder
Host of Startup Bootkamp

Phil is a highly established, award-winning startup veteran from Chicago. He has been crowed “35 Under 35”, “Startup of the Year”, “Young Leaders in Tech” and much more. He has been featured in over 30+ publications like Forbes, Inc, BuzzFeed, WGN, TastyTrade, ABC, etc.
Phil is the man behind Startup Bootkamp and provides an unforgettable experience with every workshop. He himself began his career working for portfolio companies under the Lightbank venture capital umbrella in 2008 (many unicorns started out of there like Groupon, MediaOcean, InnerWorkings, Tempus, Uptake, etc) and was quickly immersed in the startup world.
Since then, he has founded many successful companies and started giving back to the next wave of founders by guest lecturing at Chicago universities in his spare time. The students would often beg him to put on longer sessions and that’s when Startup Bootkamp was born. Currently, he is the founder of BarPass which is the #1 event tool for bars post covid-19. Phil does a great job of bringing in his personal journey to each workshop in order to truly connect the dots for all the founders in attendance.
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