Entrepreneurial Economic Development Calendar

Events that shine a spotlight on entrepreneurship

A calendar of events celebrating entrepreneurs and economic development

Attending conferences and events is one of the best ways to stay up-to-date with entrepreneurship-led economic development. We’ve curated this calendar to help economic developers and ecosystem builders stay abreast of networking opportunities, educational webinars and national conversations happening around entrepreneurship.

Below, you’ll find just a few of the business and entrepreneur-focused events on our radar. This list is not comprehensive and does not serve as an endorsement for non-SourceLink events. If there’s something we missed, feel free to send us a note.

Global Entrepreneurship Congress GEC+ Puerto Rico

Thousands of founders, investors, entrepreneurship ecosystem builders, policymakers, researchers and more are coming together to explore an ambitious roadmap for a more vibrant and thriving economy by 2035.

This vision will build on the optimism of those who dream, ideate, iterate, take risks and execute – entrepreneurs – to drive action on new ideas at the intersection of the most diverse economies within the region.

Join us at this year's defining event for the entrepreneurship ecosystem across Latin America and the Caribbean.

RuralRISE Monthly Speaker Series


The monthly Speaker Series takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Join the RuralRISE community for presentations and community updates.


The 2024 National Urban League Virtual Conference

The 2024 National Urban League virtual conference will feature business panels, an expo, and a career fair with over 100 global companies and small businesses. Corporate executives, influencers, celebrities, and entrepreneurs will present solution-driven content during this interactive experience to help you advance your career, connect with peers, and ultimately unlock your potential. Whether you want to gain new skills, explore job opportunities, or expand your professional network, this conference aims to provide the necessary resources to succeed.

IEDC Webinar – Innovation Nexus: Bridging EDOs and University Parks

Innovation Nexus fosters collaboration and synergy between EDO’s and University Research Park to create a connection point or platform where EDOs and University Parks can collaborate effectively. Leveraging the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and resources between universities and businesses within EDO's jurisdiction is one of the top ways to develop a skilled workforce that meets the needs of both academia and industry. Through technology commercialization, infrastructure development and policy development, the goal of the Innovation Nexus would be to create a dynamic ecosystem where universities, businesses, and economic development agencies work together synergistically to drive economic growth, and job creation within a region.

Price: Members: $149, Non-Members: $199

IEDC Webinar – Institutional Partnerships: Anchoring Economic Prosperity in Black & Brown Communities


Known for their long-term community investments, anchor institutions such as hospitals and universities offer development professionals a rare opportunity to cultivate dynamic partnerships that spark positive, transformative change. These institutional coalitions play a crucial role in propelling economic growth by championing and empowering local black- and brown-owned businesses. Delve into the valuable insights and actionable strategies offered in our Equity Playbook webinar to discover how to build thriving, sustainable ecosystems that nurture economic prosperity in historically underserved communities.


RuralRISE Monthly Speaker Series


The monthly Speaker Series takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Join the RuralRISE community for presentations and community updates.


Boricua Fest 2024

The Boricua Emprende Fest is the largest, most inclusive and accessible annual business education and celebration event in Puerto Rico.

This event is for all audiences: people with business ideas or established businesses at all stages, of all industries and sizes, diaspora, academic community, students, mentors, public sector, financial institutions, investors and support organizations business.

2024 AWBC Leadership Conference

Support AWBC as we 'Ignite the Power' of the Women's Business Center network during the 2024 Leadership Conference in Kansas City.
Together we can create unforgettable memories and forge an unprecedented path toward economic growth for women-led businesses!

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