Entrepreneurship Track

Session One: Growing Stage 2 Businesses

September 19 | 10:00 am to Noon

Second-stage companies have moved beyond the startup phase and have the intent and capability to grow. With generally 10 to 99 employees and between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue, these companies are significant job-creators, bring in outside dollars, offer high-quality jobs and contribute to their community. Learn more about second-stage companies from the nation’s leading Stage 2 advocate, the Edward Lowe Foundation, including how to work with them and how to develop the kind of supportive culture they need to flourish.

Speakers: Rich Grogan, Executive Director, Community Capital of Vermont; Paul Bateson, General Manager of External Relations, The Edward Lowe Foundation

Session Two: PitchFork – A Pitch Challenge with a Rural Fit

September 19 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Hannah Grimes Center has developed a uniquely rural financing project that connects local investors with local entrepreneurs. This Radically Rural version of PitchFork offers a $10,000 cash prize for one talented entrepreneur as well as a $1,000 prize for the best idea. Join the excitement and we will share the “operating manual” on how to run this event in your community. Winners will be announced at the CONNECT event in the evening.

Session Three: Crazy Good – The Experienced Economy

September 20 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Think your aging population is a problem?  Think again!  This session shows the 50+ cohort as an asset to be embraced.  Participate in a vibrant discussion of the Experienced Economy’s oft overlooked contributions to the economy through job creation, new business startups, and the unusually high level of profitability for companies with intentional multi-generational teams.

Speaker: Elizabeth Isele, Founder & CEO, Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship

Session Four: Solutions and Success Consistent with Rural Values

Colonial Theatre | September 20 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Art Markman, Executive Director of IC2 at the University of Texas at Austin

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship Key Partners

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