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The ESHIP Summit

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: Synthesize and recap our day one learnings and gain a new perspective from our morning plenary keynote speakers, whom you’ll be excited to meet!
  • Daytime (9am-4pm): We’ll build on day one, share what you’re working on and dig in to develop new tactics and tools that you can take home with you. To support that work you'll: a) Create the conversation you want to have, and dig into the complex issues that we face in building ecosystems-from culture to capital, accelerators to mentor programs. Share your successes and challenges, get feedback, swarm solutions, and ship draft deliverables to share with your emerging ESHIP community, b) Engage with the latest research on ecosystem building and deep dive into new tools for measuring ecosystem success, and c) We'll wrap the main program for the day at 4pm, with a little bonus evening experience, for those who can stick around for an extra night.
  • Evening (6pm-evening): We hope you’ll stay around for some baseball with the World Champion KC Royals (Ok, maybe 2015 champs, but still champs) vs the Toronto Blue Jays at one of Kansas City’s biggest celebrations of entrepreneurship: a celebrity-studded, “E-Day at The K.” We’ve got free tickets for and a pre-game tailgate to warm you up for the big game.

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Friday, Jun 23 @ 9:00 am
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Kauffman Foundation
4801 Rockhill Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108


For more information contact:
ESHIP Summit
Kauffman Foundation
(816) 932-1021

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