October 6-8, 2015
All entrepreneurs start and operate in a specific community, which means city policies and the local ecosystem matter greatly. The third annual Kauffman Foundation’s Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship: Recipes for Growth, will explore the role of local assets in supporting entrepreneurial activity.
Universities, federal research laboratories, industry-leading firms, startup capital, the built environment, and philanthropy are often considered necessary ingredients for generating innovation and entrepreneurship. Do these ingredients yield new and growing firms in cities? How can these ingredients mix together to create a real recipe for entrepreneurial growth?
Mayors, leading policy experts, and the Kauffman Foundation gathered in Albuquerque, NM, to answer these and other questions about the role of cities and mayors in creating vibrant and innovative entrepreneurial economies.
This year, attending mayors were encouraged to participate in the Recipes for Growth City Challenge. Five selected proposals were presented before a panel of expert judges for a chance to win a $25,000 planning grant from the Kauffman Foundation to assist in the implementation of the proposal.
Two winners were selected at the event: