Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium Heads to Flint

By Amanda Lewan on July 26th, 2016 / Comments

The Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative, founded by entrepreneur David Tarver, is back this year and heading in October to Flint, Michigan.

Flint is David Tarver’s hometown. He grew up in the city, studied engineering at the University of Michigan, and then went on to have a very successful entrepreneurial career himself. But Flint is more than his hometown. It’s the city that inspired his movement to solve urban problems; it’s a city that’s been hit hard with economic difficulties and recent urban challenges.

Tarver has continued to be a voice for entrepreneurship, challenging entrepreneurs and innovators to solve problems and invent solutions that will improve urban living. The third annual Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium will take place October 19th-21st, and will expand to offer two new business challenge competitions.

The two new business competitions will offer monetary awards and professional guidance to winning teams who propose solutions to either the Urban Infrastructure Challenge, improving quality of life with infrastructure issues like water or Internet access, or the Urban Jobs Challenge resulting in significant increase of living wage and entry-level jobs for the Flint community.

“Urban entrepreneurship isn’t a social program, it’s business innovation that produces needed products and services for urban communities, or makes a significant number of jobs available to urban residents,” said  Tarver, founder and president of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative and the chief event organizer.

The mission of #UES2016 is to:

  • Focus the entrepreneur community on solving urban problems via for-profit businesses.
  • Forge productive connections between entrepreneurs, investors, students, faculty and urban communities.
  • Identify important urban problems that can benefit from for-profit business innovation.
  • Identify new business models that can result in repeatable, scalable businesses that address key urban problems.
  • Identify and recognize existing businesses that are applying innovative business models to solve important urban problems.
  • Share best practices in community engagement, problem identification, human-centered design, business model creation and validation, finance and support systems and other key areas.

Learn more or sign up to register at www.urbanei.org.

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Amanda Lewan

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