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About The Conference

Accelerate Momentum + Develop Innovative Solutions

“There’s nothing better than hearing directly from entrepreneurs, hearing from mayors who are doing it already, and learning how you can put those things together in your own city.” – Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor, City of Salem, Mass.

Join us for the Kauffman Foundation’s fifth annual Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, October 25-27, 2017. Held in partnership with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, this is the premier gathering of mayors, economic development leaders and thought leaders focused on the intersection of city governance and entrepreneurship.


Too many are left out of our economy. A recent report expands on the connection between the long-term decline in entrepreneurship and the effect on productivity and growth. The lackluster productivity drags down wages and living standards.


Put simply — fewer startups mean a lower quality of life for Americans. We need to contribute to a new economic model. One that infuses entrepreneurship into the economy and removes barriers to starting and growing a business.

Your Community. Your Design.

The Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship is different. There isn’t an endless lineup of presenters speaking AT the audience. Instead, participants will collaborate together to design their own solutions, share ideas and experience inspired stories of what works. This year’s conference is not about mayors helping entrepreneurs, but figuring out how mayors can collaborate with entrepreneurs.

Mayors and entrepreneurs will cowork to create a new national community where the most difficult problems are addressed using the best aspects of public and private approach. This network will exist beyond this conference and support efforts beyond the events of the conference.

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