Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit 2018

GROWING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITIES SUMMIT

Hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

April 25 and April 26, 2018

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Table Discussion 1: Entrepreneurship at the Edges
Table Discussion 2: The Rural Edge
Table Discussion 3:The Urban Edge

The Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit is a practitioner-focused gathering designed to help economic development and small business practitioners effectively create economic growth through entrepreneurship in local communities.

This year’s summit, subtitled Entrepreneurship on the Edges, will focus on providing information and practitioner insight in how to effectively develop disadvantaged urban and rural communities using entrepreneurship-led economic development strategies. The objective is to continue to strengthen the field of entrepreneurship development and entrepreneurship ecosystem building across the nation. 

The Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit is a collaboration of the following partners: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, NetWork Kansas, SourceLink, Edward Lowe Foundation, and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

The first national Summit was held in 2016 with a capacity attendance of 220. The 2018 summit will also be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and is expected to sell out again.

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Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit Agenda

Day One

April 25

8:30–8:40 a.m. Welcome
The program will begin with a brief welcome to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and an overview of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The welcome will also include any housekeeping business and announcements. 

9–9:30 a.m. Defining Entrepreneurship at the Edges
This session will provide an overview of recent trends in the entrepreneurship led development field and focus specifically on identifying the unique challenges of economically distressed urban and rural communities and entrepreneurship led programs designed to address these challenges.

9:30–10 a.m. Practitioner Experience
Current practitioners will share their experience and best practices on the session topic.

10–10:45 a.m. Deep Dive Peer Discussion
The deep dive peer discussions are focused on key questions derived from the session topic. The table based discussion points are recorded and then shared with the participants post-conference.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch
A synopsis of the key points and table discussion takeaways will be held during the lunch break.

12:30–1 p.m. Rural Communities at the Edges
This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing small rural communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.

1–1:30 p.m. Practitioner Experience
This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing small rural communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.

1:30–2:15 p.m. Deep Dive Peer Discussion

2:45–3:15 p.m. Urban Core Communities on the Edges
This session will detail the unique economic development challenges facing urban core communities and entrepreneurship led development strategies designed to address these challenges.

3:15–3:45 p.m. Practitioner Experience

3:45–4:30 p.m. Deep Dive Peer Discussion

4:30–5 p.m. Day One Conclusion

5–6:30 p.m. Reception

Day Two

April 26

8–8:10 a.m. Welcome
The welcome session on day two of the summit will provide an overview of the sessions and activities that will take place and any housekeeping updates.

8:10–9 a.m. Entrepreneurship-Led Development Research Agenda
This session will introduce participants to the potential research agenda put together by national thought leaders at the November 30, 2017 Entrepreneurship Led Development Thought Leader Summit hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as well as current research being done in the field.

9:30–10:30 a.m. Practitioner Best Practice Sessions 1
Practitioner best practice sessions are open, facilitated sessions where practitioners can share best practices and thoughts around emerging topics.
• Developing an entrepreneurship led economic development certification
• Supporting women entrepreneurs within the ecosystem
• Starting entrepreneurship led development programs in urban core communities
• Finding, engaging and assisting rural talent in challenged markets

10:30–11:30 a.m. Practitioner Best Practice Sessions 2
• Communicating entrepreneurship led development value to policy makers
• Moving from attraction centered development to entrepreneurship led development
• Developing startup champions
• Ensuring diversity in ecosystem building

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Summit Conclusion
In the concluding session, a recap of major summit themes will be provided along with any final housekeeping information.

12–3 p.m.SourceLink Network Gathering
Immediately following the Growing Entrepreneurship Summit, we will be hosting a private gathering for all of our SourceLink affiliates and partners.

    
   
     

This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

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