• Inclusive entrepreneurship is revitalizing communities across the country.

    Join entrepreneurs, city leaders, non-profits, mentors and those who serve entrepreneurs at our annual Summit in Lowell, Massachusetts on October 2, 2019.

  • Who's in the room?

    Inclusive entrepreneurship takes deliberate cross-sector partnerships.

    Here are the types of folks you will spend the day with at the EforAll Summit.

    Entrepreneurs

    Ask tough questions, get expert feedback to start or scale your business.

    Entrepreneur Programs

    Share best practices on how to best serve entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

    Mentors

    What does inclusive and holistic mentorship look like?

    City & State Leaders

    Learn how to bring or grow inclusive entrepreneurship to your city.

    Philanthropy

    Connect & Discover the ROI of inclusive entrepreneurship.

    Finance Institutions

    Reach and impact more entrepreneurs.

  • About the Summit

    All communities have the potential to become thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems. Every community's residents should have the confidence and local support to start new businesses and non-profits, adding energy to downtown retail districts, generating much-needed jobs, and attracting investment capital. Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is actively building inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems across the U.S. that provide entrepreneurs with the resources and support they need to turn their ideas into profitable businesses.

     

    Over 300 attendees will attend the EforAll Summit from across the U.S. and internationally.

     

    Past keynotes and panelists include: Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter, Black Thought, Founder of The Roots, Tom Scott, CEO of Nantucket Nectars, MA Governor Deval Patrick, Desh Deshpande, President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC, Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar, and serial entrepreneur Ted Leonsis.

  • Testimonials from previous EforAll Summits

    Take a look and enjoy!

    Black Thought

    Founder and Lead MC of

    The Roots

    Yancey Strickler

    Co-Founder, Former CEO

    Kickstarter

    Desh Deshpande

    Chairman & President

    Sparta Group LLC

    Stacy Cline

    Head of Corporate Social Responsibility

    GoDaddy

  • Stay tuned as we roll out our keynotes!

    We're excited to unveil Techstars Co-founder Brad Feld as our first keynote announcement!

  • Brad Feld

    Partner, Foundry Group

    Co-founder Techstars

    Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate software companies. Brad is also a co-founder of TechStars. In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of Startup Weekend. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution, and Ask the VC. Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Gail Goodman

    EforAll Board Chair

    Founding CEO, Constant Contact

    Co-founder, Pepperlane

    Gail is the Board Chair of EforAll. As a partner to the chief executive officer and other board members, Gail provides strategic fundraising support and overall leadership for EforAll’s goals to expand to 50 communities nationally in the coming years. Gail spent 17 years as CEO of Constant Contact, the trusted provider of online marketing tools for small businesses and nonprofits. Gail led the company from pre-revenue to a successful IPO (NASDAQ: CTCT) in 2007 and through its acquisition by Endurance in 2016 for $1.1b. At the time of the acquisition, more than 650,000 small businesses and nonprofits used Constant Contact’s online marketing tools to engage their customers and grow their businesses and company revenues topped $370 million. Fostering entrepreneurship is Gail’s passion and mission and she is dedicating the next chapter of her professional career to scaling organizations and programs focused on small business success. Gail serves on the Boards of Pepperlane, Shopify (NYSE: SHOP), Entrepreneurship for All, Mass Challenge and Lola Travel.

     

    Jill Shah

    President, Shah Family Foundation

    Jill Shah is the President of the Shah Family Foundation, which supports innovative and transformative work at the intersection of education, wellness and community in the city of Boston.

     

    Jill is a graduate of Providence College where she earned a B.A. in English. Before launching the foundation, Jill had a long career as an entrepreneur in Boston and New York, including Monitor and Mercator Software, and launching start-ups RxCentric and SoLuxe. She sold her most recent company, Jill’s List, to MINDBODY in 2013.
     

    She serves on the Board of Trustees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Fresh Truck, Museum of Fine Arts, Strategic Grant Partners, The Red Sox Foundation, Belmont Hill and the Winsor School.

  • Agenda at a Glance

    The building will be filled with entrepreneurs, mentors, civic leaders, philanthropic organizations and more. 

    7:00-8:15AM - Registration and Breakfast

    8:30-8:45AM - Welcome - David Parker, EforAll CEO

    8:45-9:30AM - Fireside Chat - Gail Goodman, EforAll Board Chair, Founding CEO of Constant Contact and the Co-founder of Pepperlane. Jill Shah, President of the Shah Family Foundation and Founder, CEO of Jill's List.

     

    9:40-10:50AM - Panel Discussions

     

    How to Foster Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Your Community

    • Jeremiah Hernandez - Community Partnerships Manager- EforAll
    • Alex Morse - Mayor, City of Holyoke
    • Peter Taylor - President, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
    Community Reflective Entrepreneurship
    • Banu Ozkazanc-Pan - Visiting Associate Professor, Brown University, UMass Boston
    • Kevin Moforte - Executive Director, EforAll/EparaTodos Lynn
    • Kofi Callender - Executive Director, EforAll/Smarter in the City 
    • Janin Duran - Executive Director, EparaTodos - Lawrence
    Communicating Your Value
    • Ande Lyons - Founder, Startup Life with Ande Lyons
    • Peter Karlson - Founder and CEO, NeuEon Inc., Entrepreneur in Residence, Cape Cod Chamber
    • Elizabeth Hermawan - Founder, Swan Patisserie
    • Jorge Veloz - Owner, Pentagon Studio
    • Dawn Cordeiro - Owner, Holyoke Hummus Company

    11:00-11:50AM - Entrepreneur Showcase

    12:00-12:45PM - Virtual Keynote - Brad Feld, Partner, Foundry Group and the Co-founder of Techstars

    12:45-1:50PM - Lunch

    2:00-3:10PM - Panel Discussions

     

    Calling All Mentors!

    • Diane Martel, SPARK EforAll Holyoke Mentor
    • Kristin Leutz - Executive Director, Valley Venture Mentors
    • Rafael Fonseca - VP Product Management and Marketing, Artel Video Systems

    Fundraising for Entrepreneurs

    • Larry Andrews - CEO, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC)
    • Aja Atwood - Co-founder/CEO, Trella Technologies
    • Nate McNiff - Founder, The Wandering Stage
    • Will Gilmour - Co-founder, GotChew

    3:30-4:00PM - Afternoon Keynote (TBA)

    4:00-4:15PM - Closing Remarks

  • Panel Topics

    1

    How to Foster Inclusive Entrepreneurship in your Community (City Leaders)

    Communities can be actively engaged in expanding access to the benefit of entrepreneur-led economic development. Often times opportunity escapes those that are underrepresented in the entrepreneurial community. During this panel you will learn:

    • How to build foster an ecosystem of support for underrepresented populations in the entrepreneurial community.
    • How to align stakeholders from the public, private, and philanthropic sector 
    • How to identify the need for programming to support entrepreneurs with less access to networks, education, and funding sources
    2

    Community Reflective Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship Programs)

    Minority-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the US economy, yet entrepreneurs of color face significant barriers to resources that are comprehensive and relevant to their cultural identity. During this panel, you will learn:

    • How to build trust in a community that has a strong cultural identity
    • How to inspire entrepreneurs to think bigger than they are
    • How to build content and context for entrepreneurship programs in a community with a strong cultural identity
    3

    Communicating Your Value (Entrepreneurs)

    Understanding your value proposition is critical to relieving your customer's pain point. But how do you discover what that is? During this interactive workshop, entrepreneurs will learn how to:

    • Communicate and understand their value proposition
    • Identify all the benefits you offer
    • How to differentiate yourself as the preferred provider of the value you offer
    4

    Calling All Mentors! (Mentors)

    A recent study conducted by the Kabbage Report showed that 92% of entrepreneurs think having a mentor is a crucial part of their overall growth and survival as a business. But if you want to find mentors, how do you even start? During this panel, city leaders and entrepreneurial programs will engage in a frank discussion among mentors, and learn:

    • Where to find good mentors
    • Why mentorship is critical to building strong communities and entrepreneurial programs
    • Dos and Donts of mentorship
    5

    Fundraising for Entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurs)

    Every entrepreneur knows that fundraising can be challenging, but EforAll is here to help! During this panel, you'll learn:

    • How to leverage your existing network of friends and family to support
    • Best options for running a successful crowdfunding campaign crowdfunding (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundme)
  • Speakers

    We've got a top notch team!

    David Parker

    CEO

    EforAll

    Brad Feld

    Partner

    Foundry Group

    Aja Atwood

    Co-founder/CEO

    Trella Technologies

    Jeremiah Hernandez

    Community Partnerships Manager

    EforAll

    Nathan McNiff

    Founder, EforAll Alumni

    The Wandering Stage

    Ande Lyons

    Founder, EforAll Mentor

    Startup Life with Ande Lyons

    Kevin Moforte

    Executive Director

    EforAll/EparaTodos - Lynn

    Peter Karlson

    Founder & CEO, EforAll Mentor

    NeuEon Inc.

    Rafael Fonseca

    VP Product Management & Marketing, EforAll/EparaTodos -Mentor

    Artel Video Systtems

    Janin Duran

    Executive Director

    EparaTodos - Lawrence

    Kristin Leutz

    CEO

    Valley Venture Mentors

    Jorge Veloz

    Owner, EparaTodos - Alumni

    Pentagon Studios

    Alex Morse

    Mayor

    Holyoke, Massachusetts

    Kofi Callender

    Executive Director

    Smarter in the City/EforAll Roxbury

    William Gilmour

    Co-founder, EforAll Alumni

    GotChew

    Diane Martel

    EforAll Mentor

    SPARK EforAll Holyoke

    Banu Ozkazanc-Pan, Ph.D.

    Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology

    Brown University

    Elizabeth Hermawan

    Co-founder, EforAll Alumni

    Swan Patisserie

    Peter Taylor

    President

    Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

  • Register today!

  • Hosted in Lowell, MA

    A historic mill city with deep ties to immigrant entrepreneurship.

    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

    Just 30 miles north of Boston

    50 Warren Street Lowell, MA

    Hotel Reservations Rate: $129/night, not including applicable state and local taxes

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