Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit

May 4 - 5, 2016

This event explored innovative ways to build a stronger local economy through entrepreneurship.

About this event

Speaker presentations are now linked to the agenda. Click the speaker name to view a PDF of their presentation.

At the Growing Entrepreneurial Communities Summit, more than 200 thought leaders and practitioners who are experts in developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and creating an entrepreneurial culture learned, networked, engaged and interacted.

Focused on entrepreneurial development, the summit brought together a variety of best practice programs from all disciplines—economic development, academia, for profit; urban and rural entrepreneurship—in one place.

With practitioner roundtables and an EntreCamp (think "unconference"-style, deep-dive breakouts on topics of your choice), the summit sought to open discussions and enrich conversations around what it takes to build a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Four plenary sessions focused on the building blocks of an ecosystem. The interactive breakout sessions allowed speakers and participants to explore design, execution and impact.

Key questions:
  • What does an entrepreneurial ecosystem look like?
  • How do you know if a community is ready to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem?
  • How do you get started building an entrepreneurial ecosystem?
  • How do you measure if it’s working?

This event was a collaboration between the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Edward Lowe Foundation, NetWork Kansas and U.S.SourceLink.

Event details

Date Time Location
May 4, 2016 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Kansas City, Mo.
May 5, 2016 8 a.m. - noon Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
1 Memorial Dr., Kansas City, Mo 64198


Registration Deadline: April 22, 2016
Cost: $150

Hotel Information

The Westin Crown Center Hotel
1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 474-4400

Room Rate: $139.00 + KC Development Fee $1.50 (this rate does not include tax). Reservation cut-off date is Sunday, April 3, 2016.

The Westin Crown Center Hotel has shuttle service available between the hotel and the Federal Reserve Bank. Please inquire about the shuttle service at the hotel front desk. Weather permitting, the Federal Reserve Bank is within walking distant from the hotel.

Please make your reservation by using the following link:

Should the Westin Crown Center Hotel block for the conference be full, you may still reserve a room there at the regular rate. Below are other hotel options in close proximity to the Federal Reserve Bank:

Residence Inn Downtown Marriott/0.3 miles/2975 Main Street: Click here for the website.

Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center/0.7/2345 McGee Street: Click here for the website.

Hilton President Kansas City/1.5 miles/1329 Baltimore Avenue: Click here for the website.

Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown/1.6 miles/1301 Wyandotte Street: Click here for the website.

Contact Information

Dell Gines
Senior Community Development Advisor

Day One

Day Two