Wednesday, November 30

5:45 p.m.
Reception at Museum of History

7:15 p.m.
Brief Welcome Remarks: Mayor Rick Kriseman

Thursday, December 1

7:45 a.m.

8:15 a.m.
Mayor's Welcome
Speaker: Mayor Kriseman

8:30 a.m.
On the Inside: The Startup Experience
Led by Ethan Mollick, professor, Wharton School of Business

The initial choices startup founders make have long-term consequences, often affecting a company for the rest of its existence. Unfortunately for most startups, the early days of a new business venture are also the most confusing and difficult, making it hard to plan strategically in the initial battle to survive.

We'll begin the conference by participating in a simulation of what it is like in the early days of a startup, experiencing the uncertainty and excitement of entrepreneurship from the perspectives of founders, investors and key employees.

10:00 a.m.
Case Study: Montana
Speaker: Yas Motoyama

10:15 a.m.
Session 1: Inclusive Engagement in Your Ecosystem

11:00 a.m.
Session 1 Breakouts: Connecting to the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem    

12:10 a.m.
Lessons Learned from Session 1

12:25 p.m.
Case Study: St. Louis
Speaker: Ken Harrington  

12:40 p.m.
Engaging Your Ecosystem after the Conference

The Kauffman Foundation supported a series of locally organized events hosted by city leaders that brought policymakers and entrepreneurs together for a conversation about strengthening the city's ecosystem. Over lunch, we'll learn what came from these summits and share tips for engaging your ecosystem.

Moderators: Evan Absher and Jason Grill

  1. Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, City of Burnsville
  2. Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville
  3. Mayor Mark Stodola, City of Little Rock
  4. Mayor Paul Soglin, City of Madison
  5. Councilman Kris Gulick, City of Cedar Rapids

1:40 p.m.
Session 2: Firm Diversity: Vibrant Ecosystems Contain a Diversity of Firms

2:00 p.m.
Session 2 Breakouts: Mapping Support for Diverse Firms

3:20 p.m. 
Lessons Learned from Session 2

3:35 p.m.
One Year Later: Results from the Recipes for Growth City Challenge

Cities attending the 2015 Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship: Recipes for Growth competed for a $25,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation by pitching a plan to strengthen their ecosystem. We'll hear from the winners—Louisville and Knoxville—about what they did and the impact it had.

4:10 p.m.
End of Day 1

7:00 p.m.
Dinner at the Salvador Dali Museum

7:15 p.m.
Keynote Speech from Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration
8:00 p.m.
Dessert Reception

Friday, December 2

6:30 a.m.
Breakfast Cruise in Tampa Bay

8:15 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast in Vinoy Ballroom

9:00 a.m.
Case Study: Ecosystem Update
Speaker: Phil Auerswald

9:10 a.m.
Session 3: There's No Silver Bullet: Pursue a Diversity of Policies

9:55 a.m.
Session 3: Policy Matchmaking

12:05 p.m.
Case Study: Austin
Speaker: Elsie Echevarri, University of Texas- Austin

12:15 p.m.
Fireside Chat with Komal Ahmad, founder and CEO, Copia                  

1:00 p.m.
Call to Action
Speaker: Victor Hwang

1:10 p.m.                  
Conference Concludes