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We're headed to the Triangle metropolitan area of North Carolina for our Spring 2022 Summit! Composed of the decidedly (and proudly) unique communities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, the "Triangle," as it is affectionately referred to, is a premier hub for innovation, research, and entrepreneurship in the Southeast.



Durham, home of our lead Summit Host, Forward Cities, will serve as homebase for the Summit experience. Durham holds a proud legacy as one of America's Historic Black Wall Streets and has experienced a spirited resurgence fueled by collaborative leadership. Nearby Chapel Hill is home to the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, an internationally renowned think tank that leverages entrepreneurship as a lever for economic prosperity across the state. Not far down the 'Tobacco Road' is the largest research park in the nation; Research Triangle Park was founded in the 1950s to bring economic prosperity back to the area and now houses hundreds of companies from tech firms to academic institutions and nonprofits. Of course, Raleigh, as the state's capital, stands as the center of government and equitable policies that we know are vital for entrepreneurs to thrive.

This diverse, eclectic, and increasingly connected region is, in many ways, a microcosm of American society and entrepreneurial ecosystems - thriving, yet working hard to address deeply rooted economic disparities and cultural divides. As ecosystem builders from around the nation are seeking tangible solutions to rebuild better in their local communities, Triangle NC is the perfect backdrop for our Spring Summit's timely theme: "Building Together: Catalyzing Regional Inclusive Prosperity".


Something for Everyone! In addition to the general Summit awesomeness, we're mixin' it up this time and will explore what inclusion looks like and who is leading the work from three different lenses:


  • Regional Matters: Building effective regional economic development strategies that prioritize inclusion and economic mobility
  • Reimagining Startups: Creating intentional strategies to diversify the tech and startup sector and address barriers to access for underrepresented demographics
  • Racial Equity: Best practices for equitable and asset-based ecosystem building strategies- with a racial equity lens


PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our community, all attendees of the 2022 SCN Spring Summit are required to be fully vaccinated. Please refer to our Covid19 page for details.


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Agenda

Monday, April 4, 2022


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1

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Check-in Begins

Location: Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC | Seaman Gallery, 2nd Flr

Parking Info


Check-in at the hospitality desk, get your swag, etc.

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2

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Member Meet & Greet

Location: Durham Arts Council | Seaman Gallery, 2nd Flr


Relationships are at the heart of the SCN experience and southern hospitality is for real, y’all.. After checkin’ in, we invite you to take some time to unwind from your travels and spend some informal time getting to know your fellow champions and your summit hosts. Be sure to also check-out the ‘Jam Board’, where you’ll find helpful information about the summit experience and have an opportunity to share/exchange information with other attendees.

2

00PM

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2

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Official Summit Kickoff

Jon FjeldFay HorwittAnika HornKrista CoveyJustin MinottMark A. Lawrence

Location: Durham Arts Council | 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC | PCI Theater, 2nd Flr


We’ll officially kick things off with a message from SCN leadership, a warm welcome from the Triangle NC host team, and a preview of the summit experience. You'll also meet platinum sponsor, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

2

30PM

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3

45PM

Leveling-Up Together

Thom RuheTalib Graves-MannsCecilia Wessinger

Location: Durham Arts Council | Begins in PCI Theater, 2nd Flr


Pick the collaborative session that will help take your ecosystem building work to the next level:



Financially Sustainable Models for Ecosystem Building | Featured Guest, Talib Graves-Manns


Location:
Will be instructed when to breakout to Adaron Hall, 1st Flr


As ecosystem builders, we work with dedicated passion to help entrepreneurs in our communities realize their dreams; but, all too often, we do it at the cost of our financial stability. In this ‘Startup Weekend’ style session, we’ll tap into our inner-entrepreneur to emerge innovative solutions to this field-level problem. Have a new idea or proven model for a financially sustainable or sustainable and/or profitable ecosystem building? Come prepared to pitch it!



Building Dynamic University Ecosystems | Facilitator, Cecilia Wessinger


Location: Will be instructed when to breakout to Allenton Gallery, 1st Flr


The Triangle region is home to several acclaimed colleges and universities. In this session, we invite regional and national university staffers to sync up and share best practices for (and shared challenges to) building nested ecosystems in and across departments, universities, and the broader community.

3

45PM

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55PM

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4

45PM

E3 Durham: A Hub & Spoke Model for Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Fay HorwittMichelle BenhamLaTasha Best-GaddyBrett BrentonLee GrayAndre PettigrewStacey Williams

Location: Durham Arts Council | 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC | PCI Theater, 2nd Flr

The Forward Cities team and a panel of partners will host an interactive presentation highlighting E3 Durham, the region's new SBA Community Navigator pilot program, a powerful hub and spoke model designed with a holistic ecosystem framework.

4

45PM

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5

30PM

'Chill Out' or 'Chop it Up'

Location: See below.



How ya feelin? Choose the option that best suits your personality and vibe:



Chill Out!


As ecosystem builders, we do ALL the things; but everyone needs a little self-care. Take a break, take a walk, take a call, take a nap, or just take a moment to clear your mind. It’s all good! We kindly ask that you exit the building for your break so the staff can prepare the space(s) for the evening's activities.



Chop it Up | Location: Durham Arts Council | 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC | Allenton Gallery, 1st Flr

If you’re ready to keep the conversation going, join Lindsay Schuenke of InBIA for a discussion and Q/A about the Ecosystem Builder Leadership Project Click on the 'Chop it Up' tab above for details.

5

30PM

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6

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'Southern Tea' Time with Jasper & Gold

Location: Durham Arts Council | Seaman Gallery, 2nd Flr

We’re bringing you an refreshing and innovative twist on Southern ‘sweet’ tea. Matthias Payton, regional entrepreneur and herbologist, and owner of Jasper & Gold, will offer attendees a unique treat. Enjoy and sample a variety of cold and hot beverage ‘infusions’ (medicinal herbs combined with culinary ingredients) that promote health and wellness.

6

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7

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Opening Fireside Chat | Edgar Villanueva - Author, Decolonizing Wealth

Edgar VillanuevaFay Horwitt

Location: Durham Arts Council | PCI Theater, 2nd Flr

Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth, will lead us in a powerful conversation about how we, as ecosystem builders, can champion the reimagination of philanthropy and capital to heal systemic wounds and shape a more equitable future for our communities.

7

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8

30PM

Dinner with Locals

Location: Durham Arts Council | Seaman Gallery (2nd Flr) & Allenton Gallery (1dt Flr)

Dinner with Locals is an SCN Summit tradition that provides a unique opportunity for ecosystem builders visiting from across the country to dine and connect with builders from the host community.

8

30PM

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10

30PM

After Dinner Entertainment

What are you in the mood for?!



Games @ Boxcar Bar + Arcade


621 Foster St.


For our gamers, you can enjoy craft beer, arcade games, and pinball at a lively barcade and outdoor patio. We’re providing gaming tokens! Drinks are on your own.



Relax @

West End Wine Bar | 601 W. Main St. OR


Dram & Draught | 701 W Main St., Suite 123




For our loungers, both of these are chill space to grab a glass of wine (West End Wine Bar) or a craft cocktail (Dram & Draught) or a beer (both) and have a great conversation indoors or on an outdoor patio. Drinks are on your own.



NCAA Final @ Bull McCabe’s


427 W Main St.


For our sports enthusiasts, you can watch the final game of the NCCA Tournament with sound! Seating is first come first serve for the bar and patio. Drinks are on your own.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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15AM

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9

00AM

Breakfast

Location Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham | Seaman Gallery, 2nd Flr


Parking Info

Breakfast will be catered by Beyu Caffe, a local, Black-owned restaurant favorite in downtown Durham. There will also be a selection of other local breakfast favorites and beverages.

9

00AM

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10

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SCN Intercultural Unity (ICU) | Case Study & Conversation

Paulo GregoryPave LaPere

Tequity Matters: How Tech Design and implementation Supports or Blocks Cultural Access


Technology and engagement platforms are increasingly being used to facilitate greater and broader access to resources for under-connected entrepreneurs.This tech holds both great promise and potential challenges. Baltimore’s Black Butterfly Network and Exchange recently partnering with EcoMap Technologies to co-design and engineer a digital platform to provide access to Black entrepreneurs and small business owners. In this session, SCN’s Intercultural Unity team will explore this case and fuel a participant discussion on how these challenges are showing up in diverse cultural communities, and how to innovate in ways that maximize the power of tech to support access for systematically oppressed communities.

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12

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Triangle Ecosystem Tours

Explore the Triangle ecosystem your way with your choice of tours. Click on the 'Tours' tab above for options and details.

12

15PM

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1

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Lunch @ Durham Food Hall

Location: 530 Foster St, Suite 1
Durham

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Get a jumpstart and save time! Click here to explore restaurants and menus in advance.



You’ll receive a handy gift card and be able to select from your choice of local restaurants in this beautiful food hall owned by local womanpreneur, Adair Mueller.
An incubator for local culinary talent, Durham Food Hall provides a space for chefs to experiment and collaborate. Small menus focus on high-quality dishes and the freshest ingredients in a casual setting.



Be sure to leave DFH in time to walk to our afternoon location, the Chesterfield Conference Center (8 min walk) in time for the 1:30pm start of our breakout sessions. | Walking Directions

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Breakout Sessions (by track)

Location: 701 W. Main St., 2nd Flr |
Parking Info



Click on tabs above to explore Tuesday breakout sessions by track.

4

30PM

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5

30PM

'Chill Out' or 'Chop it Up'

Pave LaPereSherrod DavisLeslie Jump

How ya feelin? Choose the option that best suits your personality and vibe:




Chill Out!


As ecosystem builders, we do ALL the things; but everyone needs a little self-care. Take a break, take a walk, take a call, take a nap, or just take a moment to clear your mind. It’s all good!



Chop it Up!


SCN Challenge Previews | Assure, Ecomap Technologies
Get a first look at two of our upcoming Challenge Programs: Startup Investing Ecosystem Challenge (Assure) and Map What Matters (EcoMap)

5

30PM

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7

30PM

Dinner with Champions

Grab a bite with new or old SCN friends. Attendees will receive a 'SpendaBull' gift card, redeemable at selection of awesome downtown Durham restaurants. Find a list of restaurants here: https://downtowndurham.com/spendabull/

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9

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Roses & Thorns

Location: Provident1898 | NC Mutual Building, 411 W. Chapel Hill St., Level C | Directions




A favorite among members and summit regulars. Grab a drink and share stories of both the successes and challenges of doing ecosystem work through facilitated, intimate discussions. This is your chance to go deep and share with other ecosystem builders who understand you in a safe, welcoming space.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022


8

15AM

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9

00AM

Breakfast

Location Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham | Seaman Gallery, 2nd Flr


Parking Info

Continental breakfast will be catered by Beyu Caffe, a local, Black-owned restaurant favorite in downtown Durham. There will also be a selection of other local breakfast favorites and beverages.

9

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9

40AM

Rebuilding Better: Building Inclusive Economic Prosperity

Philip GaskinAndy Stoll

Location: Durham Arts Council | Duke Hall, 2nd Flr



As the Spring 2022 Summit moves toward a close, we are grateful to uplift a poignant reflection on a philanthropic imperative to lean into inclusive prosperity from our Title Sponsor. Andy Stoll, Senior Program Officer, Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will share a few closing remarks for the summit and will introduce our closing plenary speaker, Philip Gaskin, the foundation's Vice President of Entrepreneurship. Philip, sharing from Kansas City, will challenge us all to "look one block over" and consider how we can all help open up access to opportunity, knowledge, funding, and support for potential entrepreneurs who face structural barriers to entrepreneurship.

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12

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Summit Wrap

Tom Chapman

Reflections on the summit experience and upcoming highlights from SCN

Monday, April 4, 2022


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1

45PM

New Member Orientation

Anika HornMark A. Lawrence

If you are new to SCN (member of not) or new to ecosystem building, we invite you to join our membership team and special guest Anika Horn for a crash course in Ecosystem Building and all things SCN.

Monday, April 4, 2022


4

45PM

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5

30PM

SCN Challenges You to Skill Up

Pave LaPereLeslie JumpSherrod DavisMark A. Lawrence

Join SCN Challenge Sponsor and team to learn about upcoming challenges opportunities for ecosystem builders and ESOs to Skill up. In this session you will hear from

EcoMaps: Measure What Matters
Assure: Startup Investing Ecosystem Challenge
Fluent: Fluency Challenge

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


4

30PM

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5

15PM

EBLP: Collaborating to Create Shared Infrastructure for Ecosystem Builders

Lindsay Schuenke

The Ecosystem Building Leadership Project (EBLP) is an initiative to collaboratively design, create, and validate a field-wide infrastructure that will provide shared leadership for the advancement of the entrepreneurship ecosystem building field of practice. EBLP builds on previous work from ESHIP Summit participants as well as National Resource Providers and other independent efforts. The focus is on developing coordinated and centralized efforts to build field-wide infrastructure that will help accelerate wider understanding and adoption of ecosystem building as a practice in economic, community, workforce and entrepreneurship development in the United States. This effort is designed to be created by ecosystem builders for ecosystem builders, so we are looking to get as much input as possible from the field and ensure as many voices are heard and included as possible. Join this session to learn more about EBLP, ask questions, provide input, and find out how you can be involved moving forward.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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30PM

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2

20PM

Breakout 1A | All-for-One: Regional Ecosystem Development & Ecosystem Building | Main Conference, 2908/2909

Fay HorwittAnika HornJessica EdwardsDebbie Irwin

In this session, we will hear from ecosystem builders who have taken a regional approach to their efforts. What prompted the region-wide coordination? What were some early lessons that you learned in trying to coordinate and convene region-wide? What were some unforeseen challenges and what worked well? What can other ecosystem builders learn from your efforts and what advice would you give?

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30PM

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3

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Breakout 1B | Reinventing The Wheel: Traditional Institutions Adopting Innovative Approaches | Durham Tech, 2402

Anika HornJulie HeathHeather McDougall

What role can/does innovation play in government and civic operations? In this dynamic panel discussion, you’ll meet and hear from regional leaders leaning into new practices to empower entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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30PM

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4

20PM

Breakout 1C | E3 Scorecard:A Tool for Exploring the Health & Equity of Your Ecosystem | Durham Tech, 2417

Fay HorwittAriel Powell

Fay Horwitt will lead this shared presentation highlighting Forward Cities proprietary tool designed to help communities benchmark and catalyze sense-making conversations around issues of ecosystem health and equity. Ariel Powell will share a case study she wrote as a Duke University graduate student on implementation of the scorecard in Durham, Atlanta, and Detroit. Session attendees will receive free access to the scorecard tool.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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Breakout 2A | The Culture of Place: Cultivating Spaces of Belonging | Durham Tech 2401

Jess PortaClark RinehartMel Wright

In this session we’ll explore organizations and companies catalyzing entrepreneurial inclusion by curating and activating collaborative spaces, repurposing community spaces, and collective marketplaces designed to embrace culture and meet people where there are Why does culture matter?
What is the difference between inclusion and belonging? How can brick-and-mortar be innovative?

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3

20PM

Breakout 2B | NC: The United State of Ecosystem Building | Main Conference, 2901

Ben ReddingJustin Sosne

In this session we’ll take a deep-dive into organizations that are building ecosystems and supporting entrepreneurs at a state-wide level and beyond. We’ll even explore how national international approaches factor is, as the session will be facilitated by Justin Sosne, Head of the United Kingdom Government's North Carolina Office at Government of the United Kingdom

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30PM

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4

20PM

Breakout 2C | Prioritizing Equitable and Accessible Startup Capital | Main Conference, 2908/2909

How might we all be more intentional in catalyzing equitable investment and accessible funding opportunities for diverse founders? In this session you’ll have an opportunity to engage in small group conversations with the leaders of organizations, companies, and/or initiatives focused on insuring equitable access to startup and tech capital.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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Breakout 3A | Exploring & Activating Black-centric Entrepreneurial Ecosystems | Main Conference, 2417

Garry LyonHenry McKoyAllan Younger

In this session we’ll take a deep-dive into programs and initiatives that are intentionally designed to cultivate,support, and empower Black entrepreneurs. Why is investment in these efforts vital to a community's economic growth? What role does research play and how is impact measured? What is working and how can you support similar efforts in your community?

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Breakout 3B | Diversifying the Startup & Tech Talent Pipeline, Durham Tech, 2417

Anjanette Miller

How might we all be more intentional in catalyzing diversity of race, ethnicity, gender/identity, age, sector,and lived experience in tech startups? In this session you’ll have an opportunity to engage in small group conversations with the leaders of organizations, companies, and/or initiatives focused on diversifying the regional talent pipeline of founders and/or workforce.

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30PM

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4

20PM

Breakout 3C | Centering the Latinx Entrepreneur | Main Conference, 2901

In this session we’ll take a deep-dive into programs and initiatives that are intentionally designed to cultivate,support, and empower Hispanic entrepreneurs. Why is investment in Hispanic entrepreneurs crucial for a community’s economic growth? How can we integrate multilingual practices and access? What is working and how can you support similar efforts in your community?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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Breakout 4A | Skill Lab: Equity-Centered Metrics & Evaluation | Main Conference, 2402

Stacey Williams

In this interactive workshop, led by Forward Cities Senior Director of Ecosystem Impact, you’ll explore tools and practical skills for measuring and evaluating the impact of equity-centered programming in your entrepreneurial ecosystem

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30PM

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20PM

Breakout 4B | Skill Lab: Equity-Centered Collaboration & Program Design | Main Coference, 2908/2909

Brett Brenton

In this interactive workshop, led by Forward Cities Senior Director of Learning Networks, you’ll explore and participate in a live demonstration of Strategic Doing, a collaborative and equitable design process for ecosystem program development.

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Breakout 4C | Skill Lab: Equity-Centered Storytelling & Communications | Durham Tech, 2402

Michelle BenhamDeryle Daniels

In this interactive workshop, led by Forward Cities Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, you’ll explore and gain practical skills in developing, designing, and sharing equity-centered stories and communications in your entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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Tour 1 | Durham's Black Wall Street: Past, Present, & Future

Krista CoveyJustin Minott

Explore the Triangle ecosystem your way with your choice of tours.



Tour 1 (walking)


Durham's Black Wall Street: Past, Present, & Future

Join local teaching artist and storyteller, Aya Shabu, and host, Justin Minott, for an immersive walking tour that unearths the past, present, and future of Durham's Black Wall St.



OR




Tour 2 (bus to location - limited walking)


Research Triangle Park: Innovation in Action


Krista Covey, President of First Flight Ventures, will lead a tour of two key RTP hubs, including a “high-science, high impact” for startup companies that are out to change the world for good and Hangar6, NCs premium precision prototyping facility.



OR




Chill Out!


As ecosystem builders, we do ALL the things; but everyone needs a little self-care. Take a break, take a walk, take a call, take a nap, or just take a moment to clear your mind. It’s all good! However, if you choose this option, we must ask that you exit the Durham Arts Council building to do, as we will not be returning after the morning's activities and are moving to a new location for the afternoon.

Speakers

Sponsors and Partners

Organizer

Lead Summit Host

Supporting Summit Host

Title Sponsor

Platinum/Presenting Sponsors

Gold/Session Sponsors

Summit Supporting Sponsors

Looking to sponsor the upcoming summit? We'd love to add you to our growing list of summit supporters. Check out our Summit Sponsorship Deck to learn more about Startup Champions Network


SCN Sponsorship Deck 


For National level sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Michael Binko

mbinko@startupmd.org

703-598-8030


Mark Lawrence

mark@inncuvate.com

240-535-5351


For Local level sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Fay Horwitt

fhorwitt@forwardcities.org 

COVID19 Protocols

We are requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated


In the interest of protecting the health and safety of our community, all attendees of the 2022 SCN Spring Summit are required to be fully vaccinated. Vaccination must be completed at least two weeks prior to the event, which will be held April 4-6 in and around Durham, NC. Proof of registration (a photo or scan of your vaccine card) will be required at check-in on the first day of Summit. Those who fail to provide proof of vaccination will not be granted access to the Summit events. In limited cases, exemptions may be granted due to medical or religious reasons. Please contact hello@startupchampions.org if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Masks

It is our desire to ensure a healthy environment for Summit attendees and volunteers. Mask mandates in Durham and surrounding areas have been lifted, which means we will not be requiring attendees to wear masks indoors. We will be following and encouraging CDC recommendations for large gatherings updated as of January 27, 2022, but subject to change. We welcome any attendee to wear a mask if that makes them feel more comfortable. 

Travel & Accommodations

Flying in? 


Raleigh-Durham International airport is the closest airport to our Summit activities. There is public transportation from the airport into the city. The GoTriangle Route 100 and RDU Shuttle bus routes provide public bus service from RDU to its Regional Transit Center, where riders can connect to bus routes throughout the region. Details here.


Preferred Hotels

We've secured preferred pricing for Summit attendees at two hotels in downtown Durham, where the majority of Summit activities will take place. Both are about 20 minutes from the Raleigh-Durham International airport and include complimentary wifi.


Durham Marriott City Center: $169.00/night

201 Foster Street,

Durham, North Carolina 27701


Book online here or call Marriott Reservations at 866-792-9206 on or before March 11, 2022, (the "Cutoff Date") to make your room reservations. Please identify yourself as part of Startup Champions Network Courtesy Block group staying at the Durham Marriott City Center.



Unscripted hotels Durham: $139/night

202 Corcoran St.

Durham, NC 27701


Book online here or call the Hotel directly to make reservations by the cut-off date of March 11, 2022. Reservations may be booked via online, email pmensi@UnscriptedHotels.com or by calling Reservations 984-329-9500 or 844-745-1498 Monday–Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM. When making reservations, please request the

(STARTUP CHAMPIONS NETWORK ROOM BLOCK) group block.


Trifecta

Not a hotel, but an alternative option for an AirBNB type place. These are really nice, well located, and have a great rate. Each has two bedrooms - for folks who want/need to split costs or stay together. Each also has a sofa bed, so the whole place could sleep up to six. Details here.


Rides & Rooms

Many of our members like to book hotels and Airbnbs together to save on costs. Additionally, we like to coordinate trips to and from the airport to help make sure we all get where we need to be. If you'd like to room with someone or catch a ride to/from the airport with others who may be flying in at the same time, look for our Rides & Rooms spreadsheet in your inbox (COMING SOON). 

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