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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. 

  1. Lead an Ecosystem Building Unconference Session
  2. Participate in the Ecosystem Building Science Fair
  3. Attend New Attendee Orientation

Attendees are invited to participate in 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 ESHIP Goals.

Ecosystem Building Unconference

The Pre-Summit Ecosystem Building Unconference offers participants the opportunity to host 20-minute sessions on topics they’re curious about and/or related to their work. (What’s an unconference?)

This year, the Unconference will take place prior to the official kickoff of the ESHIP Summit, on Tuesday, May 21 from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Like all good unconferences, we’ll work collaboratively once we’re onsite to create the session topics.

If you are interested in proposing an Unconference topic, please plan on arriving to Sheraton Crown Center Exhibit Hall by 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 to learn more on how to present your session. Unconference slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Here are some guidelines:

  • Unconferences are intended to be attendee-designed. The beauty of these events comes from the organic, and often spontaneous, process used to create the agenda with attendees in real time.
  • All sessions last 20 minutes and will be hosted in small breakout spaces. There will be a screen with computer hookup and a whiteboard available in some. For those areas, we will provide HDMI cords, but if your computer does not take standard HDMI, we ask that you bring your own adapter.
  • Hosts 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 many unconferences, some sessions on similar topics may be combined, going with the flow will be key to enjoying the Unconference.
  • Please note there are a limited number of sessions available.

No sign-up needed. Just show up! We look forward to seeing you there.

Ecosystem Building Science Fair

The 2019 ESHIP Summit is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the growing number of tools, resources, and practices for building thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems.  

We’re inviting interested participants to share their learnings, research, tools, and 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.

Do you or your organization have a resource for ecosystem builders? Have you developed a method, program, or tool? You’re invited to share your work (or work-in-progress) with the other ESHIP Summit attendees! The Science Fair boards will be on display for the full Summit, with a special spotlight in the program on Wednesday, May 22nd from 8:00am-9:00am, where we encourage you to stand with your display to answer questions and allow other participants to learn from your successes and failures. Space is limited, sign up now to secure 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 inspiration from a 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’d like. Include photos, video, craft supplies, physical objects, handouts, and visuals to share 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 some past Science Fair displays.

For this year’s ESHIP Summit Science Fair, we are seeking projects with topics closely related to the ESHIP Goals,  along with a few others. We are looking for science fair exhibits that address:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.
  • Fostering a culture of trust and collaboration.
  • Building a community-wide shared vision.
  • Support programs and networks for ecosystem builders.
  • Ecosystem building models, methods, and case studies.
  • Mapping and measuring ecosystems.
  • Funding models for ecosystem building.
  • Engaging large institutions in the community.
  • Successful storytelling initiatives.
  • Ecosystem-related research and public policy.
  • Entrepreneurial education.
  • Unlocking latent capital.

If your proposed project falls outside of these categories, and space is available, we will do our best to incorporate it.

New Attendee Orientation

Is this your first year at the ESHIP Summit? We encourage you to join us prior to the Summit to learn more about our progress over the last two years and prepare yourself to jump right in!

We have created two opportunities for new attendees to get caught up – a pre-conference webinar on Thursday, May 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST and an in-person session on Tuesday, May 21 from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.  

We encourage you to attend both if you’re available!

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