As ecosystem builders work to build our individual skill sets, connect with others, and grow the discipline of ecosystem building, attending conferences, summits, and events focused on startup ecosystem development can help in all regards. In fact, developing a common and shared calendar of educational conferences, events, and trainings related to ecosystem building is one of the planned initiatives (4.2) under the Kauffman Foundation’s ESHIP Goals. Lacking that community calendar resource we thought we’d highlight a few ecosystem building conferences & events coming up this Fall.

SCN Summit

Dates: September 17 – 19

Location: Madison, WI

Twice annually, Startup Champion Network members meet in-person to connect, share knowledge and experiences. These 2.5 day intimate gatherings bring together the nation’s top ecosystem builders and national ecosystem support organizations to convene conversations, gain insight from real world case studies, and explore and experience new communities, against the backdrops of some of the nation’s top emerging ecosystems. While the summit is open only to SCN members, you can learn more about becoming an SCN member and apply here.

Learn more about the SCN Fall Summit


RuralRISE Summit 2019

Dates: September 17-19

Location: Pine Bluff, AR

The RuralRISE Summit is an annual conference focused specifically on the unique challenges and needs of rural ecosystem builders. Launched last year, 170 community leaders and rural ecosystem builders convened in Davis, West Virginia and over three days, collectively sought to answer the question “How do we empower the leaders, doers, and innovators in rural communities?” Read more about the origins and what you can expect at RuralRISE this year as it heads to Pine Bluff, AR in our recent article.

Register for the 2019 RuralRISE Summit


InBIA e.Builders Forum (Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builders Forum)

Dates: October 3-4, 2019

Location: Niagara Falls, NY

InBIA’s e.Builders Forum helps entrepreneurial ecosystem leaders to design, launch and sustain compelling and impactful initiatives for their communities through insights, connections and know-how. Key topics in this conference will include: How to implement a more diverse and inclusive program; Benefits and challenges of fostering industry clusters; Ways to adapt proven practices from successful regional efforts; Leveraging relationships with second stage companies

Learn more and register for InBIA e.Builders Forum (Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builders Forum)