Call for Presentations

Opportunities for Attendees to “Take The Stage” at the ESHIP Summit

Throughout the Summit, you will have a number of opportunities to “take the stage” to share what you’re working on and what you’re learning in your community. This includes opportunities to…

  1. Share Stories on Building Inclusive Economies
  2. Lead an Ecosystem Building Unconference Session
  3. Participate in the Ecosystem Building Science Fair
  4. Serve as a Table Captain

All attendees are invited to participate in any of these activities; however, slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited. Priority will be given to presentations, programs, tools and stories that address one or more of the 2018 Summit themes outlined below.

Based on your input and identified needs, we are elevating key topics as central themes for the 2018 Summit. Share what you’ve created and what you’ve learned in these areas:

  1. Diversity and inclusion: Have you developed training, research, interventions or other tools to help address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within your ecosystem?
  2. Building a culture of trust and collaboration: Do you have a story, program or intervention that has led to a more robust culture of collaboration, trust and authentic relationships across a local, national or global ecosystem?
  3. Ecosystem building outcomes and keywords: How do you explain the vision and outcomes of your ecosystem building work to your external team and collaborators? Are there models and/or definitions you have developed to explain core aspects of ecosystem building and its desired results?
  4. Networks to support ecosystem builders: Have you started, built or led an organization or network to support ecosystem builders? Do you have examples of events, programs or interventions that have helped connect people beyond their usual circles?
  5. Models and methodologies for building ecosystems: What are the steps to your ecosystem building approach? Can you share a visual model that makes it easy to understand? What evidence do you have that it works? What have you learned?
  6. The job of the ecosystem builder: How do you train or onboard new ecosystem builders? Have you been part of a hiring process for a professional ecosystem builder? Do you offer a training program or fellowship to help ecosystem builders level up their skills?
  7. Making the case for ecosystem building: Do you have a program, pitch deck or tool that explains to external stakeholders the importance of supporting entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and/or entrepreneur-led economic development? Have you found effective ways to make the case to civic leaders, policymakers, corporations, educational institutions, economic development groups, neighborhoods and/or nonprofits?
  8. Measuring and metrics: How do you measure the health of an ecosystem? What metrics have you used to measure progress? How do you track them?
  9. Sustainable funding models: How do you fund your work? Have you found a sustainable funding model for ecosystem building? Share what’s working (or what didn’t work) and what you’ve learned.

Other: If you have something you’d like to share that you believe other ecosystem builders would benefit from knowing about, but it falls outside of the above categories, we’d love to consider including it in the science fair (if space allows.).

Opportunity #1: Stories on Building Inclusive Economies

We’re seeking stories, programs and projects that have helped make your ecosystem more inclusive for groups of people often left out of the entrepreneurship conversation.

During the Summit, we’ll have opportunities for a number of you to tell your story.

Have you implemented a program that has opened doors for women, people of color, older entrepreneurs, rural communities, immigrants, LGBTQ entrepreneurs, people with disabilities, veterans or other often underrepresented groups, to participate in your entrepreneurial community? Have you addressed issues within your own community to uncover internal bias? Have you developed training, research, interventions or other toolkits to help address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across your community?

If you are willing to share your story and inclusion practices to help other ecosystem builders foster a more inclusive economy, please sign up below.

Opportunity #2: Ecosystem Building Unconference

The Ecosystem Building Unconference will give attendees the opportunity to lead 20-minute presentations and discussions related to their work while meeting like-minded attendees. (What’s an unconference?)

Running concurrently with the Science Fair (see below), The Unconference will be on Thursday, July 12, from 2:30–4:30 p.m. Like all good unconferences, we’ll work collaboratively when you arrive at the ESHIP Summit to help design the agenda – but we want you to start thinking now about how you might participate.

When attendees arrive at registration, participants can suggest a session topic they’d like to lead. Unconference slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to sessions that address one of the 2018 Summit themes outlined above. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Unconferences are intended to be attendee-designed. The beauty of them is the organic and often spontaneous process used to design the agenda with attendees in real time.
  • All sessions last 20 minutes and will be hosted in small breakout spaces organized by theme. There will be a screen with computer hookup and a whiteboard available in each space. We will provide HDMI cords, but if your computer does not take standard HDMI, we ask that you bring your own adapter.
  • Presenters are highly encouraged to make their session more than just a presentation and engage in discussion and interaction with the group.
  • Pre-prepared presentations are welcome but are not necessary. Oftentimes spontaneous facilitated discussion can prove more fruitful within the unconference format.
  • Like all unconferences, organizers may need to combine sessions together on similar topics, going with the flow will be key to enjoying the unconference.
  • Please note that there are a limited number of sessions available to lead and not everyone may be able to do so.

Opportunity #3: Ecosystem Building Science Fair

The 2018 ESHIP Summit is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the growing number of resources and practices for building thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems.  

We’re seeking attendees interested in showcasing their learnings, research, tools, work (or work in progress) at the Ecosystem Building Science Fair, a curated collection of tabletop presentations inspired by a seventh-grade science fair and organized around key ecosystem-building themes.

Have you developed a method, program or resource you’d like to share? You’re invited to showcase your accomplishments Thursday, July 12, from 2:30–4:30 p.m. Other attendees will be invited to ask questions and learn from your successes and failures. Space is limited, so sign up now to claim your spot.

How it works: Each Science Fair participant will be given a table (3 feet wide by 2 feet deep by 15 feet tall) and a wifi connection to present an overview of their ecosystem building work. Drawing our inspiration from your seventh-grade science fair, we suggest you use a traditional science fair board available at a local craft or school supply shop (but it’s not required). We encourage you to get as creative and innovative as you like. Include photos, video, craft supplies, physical objects, handouts and visuals to tell your story. Laptops and video screens are acceptable, but there are no power outlets available. The only rule is your display cannot exceed the width, depth and height of your table.

Check out last year’s Science Fair displays.

For this year’s ESHIP Summit Science Fair, we are seeking projects on the themes outlined above. If your proposed project falls outside of these categories and we still have space, we will do our best to incorporate it.

Opportunity #4: Table Captains

Would you be interested in facilitating small group conversations during the Summit on pre-determined topics?

If you’re a confident facilitator and enjoy helping spark conversations, this opportunity is for you. Sign up to lead discussions as a table captain. 

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