#UES2016 Agenda



Agenda – Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium 2016


The 2016 Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium (#UES2016) will convene entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations, and government in order to promote and facilitate business innovation that improves the quality of life in urban communities. The symposium will be held in Flint, Michigan as a call to action for entrepreneurs to focus on innovative business solutions to the challenges facing that historic city, the cradle of the automobile industry. #UES2016 will focus the best minds in the city, region, and country on applying entrepreneurial innovation to revitalize Flint and similar communities.


#UES2016 will engage the Flint community broadly and deeply in several ways. We will actively engage regular citizens to determine specific problems and potential solutions that can be addressed by entrepreneurial innovation. We will hold business plan challenge competitions that will address two pressing concerns facing Flint residents: infrastructure improvement and employment opportunities. We will present keynote speakers who can shed light on important urban revitalization issues while inspiring the community to take action. We will convene presentations and problem-solving discussions on several key topics. We will produce and deliver informative seminars that will make aspiring entrepreneurs more effective in identifying, planning, and executing an urban-focused business opportunity.


#UES2016 will provide concrete information, resources, and connections that will enable actual and aspiring entrepreneurs to create scalable, profit-making businesses that address important urban community needs. Networking sessions will allow participants to efficiently and effectively forge connections to important people and resources. Attendees will include entrepreneurs, students, community leaders, business leaders, government representatives, community service organization members, and more. The event will inform, inspire, and empower attendees, and will yield a set of findings that will guide further economic development and revitalization.

Note: Absolutely SAFE WATER and absolutely FREE PARKING will be provided at all event venues.


Flint Community Program and Reception

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Mott Community College Event Center

1401 East Court Street, Flint

Cost: $0.00

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Conference Program

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

University of Michigan Northbank Center

432 N. Saginaw Street, Flint

Cost: $25.00

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“The Matrix” Business Networking Reception

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Flint Farmers Market

300 East First Street, Flint

Cost: included with Conference Program registration

A networking reception for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and their allies in academia, government, business, and the community at large. Great food, beverages, and entertainment.

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Seminars Program

Friday, October 21, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mott Community College Regional Technology Center

1401 East Court Street, Flint

Cost: $25.00

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We will present four non-overlapping seminars on topics that are timely and useful for urban entrepreneurs. These seminars will be presented in the stunning and very functional Regional Technology Center lecture hall.
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