Startup Champions Network Summits
Twice annually, Startup Champion Network members meet in-person to connect, share knowledge/experiences and take a deep, behind-the-scenes dive into the local host ecosystem. This personal interaction is a critical part of the member value-proposition as well as an important commitment all members make -- to celebrate each other.
These 2.5 day intimate gatherings bring together the nation's top ecosystem builders and national ecosystem support organizations to convene conversations, gain insight from real world case studies, and explore and experience new communities, against the backdrops of some of the nation's top emerging ecosystems.
We're looking forward to spending time again with our growing network of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Building professionals this Spring in Portland, Oregon. Sign up for our summit here.
The Portland SCN Summit has 3 fundamental goals:
Help Ecosystem Builders connect with key peers and resources
Improve Ecosystem Builders' knowledge and best practices
Help Ecosystem Builders develop mission-critical skills
Additional summit content includes relevant topics to members including:
Changing a community's culture to believe in possibility
Engaging and empowering under-represented populations
Leading coalition support for entrepreneurship and innovation
Funding your ecosystem building efforts
Forging stronger startup teams
Creating mentor-driven networks
Unlocking local/regional capital and attracting outside capital
Supporting and connecting with corporate innovators
And more topics/best-practices from Members
OUR NEXT SUMMIT: SPRING 2019
March 19-21, 2019
We're headed to Portland, Oregon!
The 2019 Spring Summit in Portland, Oregon will be a 2.5 day gathering bringing together some of the world's top startup ecosystem builders and national ecosystem support organizations! Join SCN for a few days focused on developing our skills and strengths as ecosystem builders in one of the US' top startup hubs. Spend time with peers digging deep into shared issues through curated conversations, improve your work by learning how to implement successful models in application-focused workshops, own the afternoons through attendee generated un-conference time, and deepen relationships with old and new friends while you explore all Portland has to offer.
YOUR HOST CITY: PORTLAND
Affectionately nicknamed the “Silicon Forest”, Portland has a vibrant, growing ecosystem for both startups and small businesses. The city has been named a Top 10 Place to Start a Business in America, a growing magnet for tech talent, and the 9th fastest growing city in the country.
All of this growth doesn’t mean Portland is booming with Fortune 500 businesses and corporations; the Portland economy is made up of small businesses. In fact, 83% of Portland businesses have fewer than 10 employees and 90% of new jobs come from companies less than 5 years old.
Beyond the collaborative and growing tech and startup scene, Portland also has an active art scene, and is surrounded by outdoor activities. In Portland, you can stroll down the river walk, hang out at the beach, go for a hike, explore the waterfalls, or head out into wine country.
SUMMIT AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
TECH & BEYOND: THE PORTLAND EXPERIENCE
do less better ● be audience-centered ● transfer best practices, tools, and skills ● capture and curate content
TUESday, MARCH 19
1:00 PM Pre-summit professional development - “Ecosystem Development” Workshop (SCN new members) Facilitated by David Hirsch + Rebekah Marr of CO.STARTERS
4:00 PM Welcome and Check-in
5:00 PM Pitch a “Declare Your Own Meetup” topic for Thursday morning session followed by voting
5:45 PM Master topic #1 - Leadership: Learning the Chalk Walk
6:30 PM Affinity After Dinner Setup
7:00 PM Dinner with Locals
8:30 PM Affinity After Dinner: connect with your tribe
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
8:00 AM Morning Stretch and City Walk
9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM: Day Kickoff
9:45 AM: Master Topic #2 - The Economic Imperative of Diverse and Inclusive Startup Ecosystems
11:00 AM: Moderated Startup Ecosystem Builder functional breakout discussions focused on people, places, policy & programs
12:00 PM Lunch and Partner Meetup
1:30 PM Session 2, Special topic breakouts
Succession: Identifying, Recruiting, and Empowering the Next Generation of Ecosystem Builder
Beginning to End: Programs to help startups from ideation to their first 100 customers
Connecting Talent with Startups (developers, designers, sales/marketing, management, etc...)
Strategic Partnerships: Who and how to connect your startups to the larger business ecosystem
2:30 PM Break
3:00 PM Portland Ecosystem Panel
4:00 PM Community Activities
6:00 PM Sponsored Dinner Reception with Stoel - tourism board, tech council, statewide ecosystem focus
8:30 PM Whisky and S’mores Stories
THURsday, MARCH 21
8:00 AM Morning Stretch and City Walk
9:00 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM: Master Topic #3: Tech and Beyond Panel
11:00 AM: Declare Your Own Meetup breakouts (top 6 topics from the Tuesday voting)
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:30 PM: Committee Meetings
3:30 PM: Community Activities
6:00 PM: Dinner and closing keynote - WeWork Strategy: Fireside Chat w/ a Lead for Labs of WeWork - Stephen Green
What's Covered BY YOUR REGISTRATION
Your registration fee covers all daytime events, including several meals. Champions will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, snacks, and drinks each night.
Bringing Guests and/or Sending Someone in Your Place
All meeting attendees must be fully registered members of the Startup Champions Network or have received an official invitation to attend. If there is someone you would like to invite/send who is not a member, please reach out to us here. We are aiming to keep this event small to maximize relationship building and maintain budget sustainability.
TRAVELING TO PORTLAND
Getting to Portland - and around while you're here - is pretty easy. For a look at all the transportation options, click here.
Travelers named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best airport in the United States in Travel + Leisure survey every year from 2013–2018. Downtown Portland is 9 miles from the airport and is easy to get to via the MAX Light Rail Train.
WHERE TO STAY
Want to help coordinate your lodging and travel with others? Check the newsletters, our private Facebook group or email an organizer for the link to our travel form.
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