ST. LOUIS – In the first-ever regional summit focused specifically on race and gender equity among St. Louis’ early-stage, technology-based entrepreneurship ecosystem, entrepreneurs, support organizations, funders, and investors together will imagine and commit to actions that build race and gender equity into the ecosystem’s future.
The summit, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Harris-Stowe State University, will feature brief, thought-provoking presentations, interactive activities, and solution-building discussions to plan a year of action for 2018.
This event launches St. Louis’ Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective – an intentional effort of regional entrepreneur support organizations, investors, funders, and company founders working to ensure that systems built to support new entrepreneurs in tech- based ventures operate equitably, especially related to race and gender.
The St. Louis’ Equity in Entrepreneurship Collective is a winner of the Kauffman Inclusion Challenge, and one of the only efforts across the country that is focused on building equity in tech-based entrepreneurship ecosystems at a regional level, making the critical work we do together a potential blueprint for the rest of the country.
BioSTL applied for and received the grant on behalf of the St. Louis region. Since 2008, BioSTL has been leading efforts to build diversity and inclusion in St. Louis’ early-stage, technology-based entrepreneurship ecosystem.
“Central to this role is convening partners to align efforts and build capacity as we work to increase the number of women and people of color starting scalable businesses in
St. Louis,” said Natalie Self Clay, BioSTL program manager. “This Equity Summit will serve as guidepost to identifying the most promising pathways to equity within the ecosystem, along with recommendations for critical actions needed – and a commitment from attendees to take those actions within their organizations – that help advance equity.”
The day’s agenda highlights a presentation by Nicole Hudson, Deputy Mayor for Racial Equity and Priority Initiatives for the City of St. Louis. Other speakers include:
WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 2017
8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WHERE: Harris-Stowe State University
Clay Early Childhood Development/Parenting Education Center
3026 Laclede Ave
St. Louis, MO 63103