Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit, May 4-5, 2016, hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

March 3, 2016
By Dell Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor


The Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit, scheduled May 4-5, 2016 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will explore innovative ways to build a stronger local economy through entrepreneurship.

The summit is a collaboration of the Bank, The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Edward Lowe Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, NetWork Kansas and U.S.SourceLink.

Participants will network, interact with and learn from more than 100 leaders and practitioners who are experts in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and creating an entrepreneurial culture.

The Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit will focus on entrepreneurial development by highlighting best practice programs from a variety of disciplines—economic development, academia, and both urban and rural entrepreneurship.

Practitioner roundtables and an EntreCamp (think unconference-style, deep-diving breakouts on topics of your choice) are designed to foster open discussions and enrich conversations about what it takes to build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Four general sessions will focus on the building blocks of an ecosystem. The interactive breakout sessions will allow speakers and participants to explore aspects of design, execution and effect.

Plan to attend the summit to explore answers and receive implementation tools for the following questions:

  1. What does an entrepreneurial ecosystem look like?
  2. How do you know if a community is ready to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem?
  3. How do you start building an entrepreneurial ecosystem?
  4. How do you measure if it is working? 
To learn more and review the agenda visit here