Startups | Education | Economic Development
October 11 - 12, 2022
Let's be honest...The higher education landscape is changing.
Universities must innovate how they attract and educate students to stay viable in the next decade. In addition, economic development trends are changing as communities are shifting from recruiting large industries and moving towards entrepreneurial support. This shift in economic development strategy is an opportunity for universities across the state to collaborate with their local community leaders to leverage resources and grow student entrepreneurs. These partnerships will contribute to the attraction and retention of multi-disciplinary students and keep entrepreneurial talent local.
The Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is an example of how empowering student entrepreneurs contribute to increased university enrollment and new venture starts in the regional community. In partnership with the Sam M. Walton College of Business, OEI is hosting the inaugural SEED Summit with the purpose of providing a platform for academic and community collaboration to advance entrepreneurial ecosystem building across the state.
Attendees will experience:
- Entrepreneurial program design tools that develop impactful student startups
- Testimonials of student entrepreneurs and community founders
- Knowledge sharing on best practices across multiple Arkansas regions
- Small group discussions resulting in actionable next steps to start entrepreneurial initiatives in local institutions.
Session topics include:
- Why entrepreneurial ecosystem building is important for institutions of higher education
- Entrepreneurial mindset and innovative problem solving
- How to engage local businesses to bridge the town and gown divide
- The community’s role in building a collaborative ecosystem
- Funding strategies to implement entrepreneurial programming
The registration fee is $75 and includes the following:
Our aim is for the SEED Summit to be accessible and for the cost not to be a hindrance to participation. Limited complementary registrations are available. For more information contact Tiffany Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, there is no virtual option to attend the Summit. However, the session presentations will be recorded and available to view after the program completion.
To find out more information about the SEED Arkansas Summit, email Tiffany Henry at email@example.com.
The SEED Summit is sponsored by the Sam M. Walton College of Business.