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The ESHIP Summit

Thursday, June 22 @ 9:00 am • Organized By Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108


How do we empower the makers, the doers, the dreamers of our society? The ESHIP Summit is the Kauffman Foundation’s inaugural convening of leaders fighting to answer that question in their communities.

Our vision. We believe you have the fundamental right to turn your idea into an entrepreneurial reality, regardless of who you are or where you’re from, with zero barriers in the way.

Our mission. We seek to empower entrepreneurs everywhere as agents of progress. We aspire to build a new model of economic development where entrepreneurs are celebrated and accelerated. We aim to pioneer the principles, culture, tools and metrics of successful entrepreneurial communities. In short, we are entrepreneurial ecosystem builders.

Our gathering. This event will be like no other. Participants will work together – hands-on, creatively and boldly – to design their ecosystems using new approaches and best practices. No politics, no pretense, no ordinary presentations. We seek practical results. That means leveling the playing field. That means wider participation in our economy.

  • Morning: Warm up with a group run, yoga in the park or a cup of coffee, ending with a healthy breakfast.
  • Daytime (9am-5pm): Get ready for a different kind of gathering, co-created together as we go. We’re convening the top ecosystem builders from across the U.S. and beyond: grassroots entrepreneurial leaders, mayors, venture capitalists, economic developers, journalists, researchers and 35+ partners who serve ecosystem builders worldwide. We’ll invite you to connect and create as a community, but you won’t see panels and Powerpoint presentations on the agenda. We’ll spend the day working face-to-face to discover emerging models of ecosystem building, sketch a collective vision for our efforts and test our assumptions through iterative design.
  • Evening (6pm-evening): Hit the streets and explore the Crossroads—Kansas City’s urban art community. Alongside your fellow conference attendees you’ll navigate through the rich creative and entrepreneurial culture of KC through its galleries, music, food trucks, public spaces and restaurants.

Please note that this event is sold out and registration has been closed. If you have questions, direct them to

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Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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