The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Foundation's annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship brings mayors, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship experts together to discuss ways to promote startup activity and encourage higher levels of entrepreneurship in their cities.

Mayors and entrepreneurs collaborate and align their objectives, creating a new national community where the most difficult problems are addressed using the best aspects of public and private approach. This network will exist beyond this conference and support efforts beyond the events of the conference.

The conference is held in a different city each year in collaboration with that city's mayor.

Learn About Previous Conferences

  • The 2016 conference: "Diversifying Entrepreneurial Opportunity" was held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in partnership with Mayor Rick Kriseman.
  • The 2015 conference: "Recipes for Growth" was held in Albuquerque, NM in partnership with Mayor Richard J. Berry.
  • The 2014 conference: "Making an Entrepreneurial City" was held in Louisville, Ky., in partnership with Mayor Greg Fischer.
  • The inaugural conference was held in Kansas City, Mo., in 2013, and hosted in partnership with Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Two papers on metro entrepreneurship issues were presented at this conference.