Today, more than 250 local entrepreneurs are connecting with federal agencies, leaders in Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial and technology communities, and one another, at an event co-organized by the White House aimed at discussing urban entrepreneurship.
To help take the message to a wider audience in the city and the region, the all-day event — featuring a handful of panels — is currently available as a live-stream video.
The event kicked off this morning at Temple’s Fox School of Business, with remarks from Mayor Michael Nutter.
“I think the folks in D.C. fully recognize that Philadelphia is a place where innovation is taking place. I have suggested that Philadelphia a great incubator of innovation. It’s the largest city closest to Washington D.C., 101 colleges and universities in the tri-state area â€¦ Today, we’re at the forefront of America’s new economy,” Nutter told the crowd.
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Natalia Olsen-Urtecho, who was recently appointed to a task force to explore innovation and entrepreneurship, the U.S. Innovation Advisory Board, helped bring together dozens of participants and sponsors in July. That the event was put together in such haste last minute and organizers able collect a recognizable list of event participants is a testament to interest in the primary focus of the forum: promoting entrepreneurship in cities and in particular, minority communities.
Attending briefly this morning, it was clear that the intent of the event was about action rather than pontification, with bigger picture keynote discussions trickling down into actionable takeaway-based roundtables about obtaining capital, creative funding and partnerships.
After the jump, follow along with the live stream and read the event’s schedule, or connect directly to it here.
9:00 AM â€“ 9:20 AM Opening Remarks
Dean of Fox Business School, Temple University
Mayor Michael Nutter
Members of Congress â€“ Fattah, Brady, & Schwartz
Michael Blake, Associate Director, White House (Master of Ceremony)
9:20 AM – 9:35 AM Introduction of International Initiatives (Live Web Stream) (Auditorium LL31)
Carmen Scott Dawson, CISCO Entrepreneur Institute at Adreamz Institute
Natalia Olsonâ€Urtecho, U.S. Innovation Advisory Board
9:35 AM â€“ 10:05 AM – Armchair Conversation with Mayors of the Greater Philadelphia Region (PA, NJ, DE) (Auditorium LL31)
Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA)
Mayor Dana Redd (Camden, NJ)
Chip Flowers, Delaware State Treasurer
Moderator: Michael Blake
10:05 AM â€“ 10:10 AM – Launch â€“ Basecamp Business Calendar Network Mobile App V2 (Auditorium LL31)
Mel Baiada, Basecamp Business
10:10 AM â€“ 10:50 AM Roundtable #1 (Auditorium LL31): Unleashing Ideas: Stimulating Innovation, Barriers and Challenges to Urban Entrepreneurs
10:50 AM â€“ 11:30 AM Roundtable #2 (Auditorium LL31): Investing in Urban Entrepreneurs: Creative Funding / Financing Urban Entrepreneurs
11:35 PM â€“ 12:15 PM Roundtable #3 (Auditorium LL31): Better Together: Publicâ€Private Partnerships to Accelerate Urban Entrepreneurship and Startups
12:30 PM â€“ 1:30 PM Lunch
Welcome by Kenneth Lawrence Jr., Senior Vice President, Government, Community and Public Affairs of Temple University
Keynote #1 â€“ David Hinson, National Director of MBDA
Keynote #2 â€“ Romy Diaz, Vice President, PECO/Exelon Corp. (Sponsored by Exelon/PECO)
1:30 AM â€“ 2:10 PM – 100 Urban Entrepreneurs PITCH Event (MBA Commons â€“ 7th Floor)
Magnus Greaves, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs
Judges (Better Capital, Dreamit Ventures, Technically Philly, Wharton, Temple University Small Business Development Center â€ SBDC)
2:20 PM â€“ 3:20 PM Breakout Sessions (2nd Floor Classrooms)
3:30 PM â€“ 4:00 PM – Breakout Leaders Report Back
4:00PM â€“ 4:05PM Launch â€“ Artists and Instigators – Wayne Kimmel
4:05PM â€“ 4:20 PM – DOL Careeronestop.org Presentation (Auditorium LL31) – Eric Nelson, CEO, Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board
4:20 PM â€“ 4:30 PM Keynote #3 (Auditorium LL31) – John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE
4:30 PM â€“ 4:40 PM Next Steps and Assignments (Auditorium LL31) – Michael Blake, White House
4:45 PM â€“ 7:00 PM Networking Reception and Resource Fair
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